May 11, 2015 – Oil Thieves Stole Over 400,00 Barrels Of Crude Oil Daily Under Jonathan’s Watch
President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that over 400,000 barrels of crude oil is daily stolen under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan’s government and nothing is done to stop the crime.
Buhari, however, said in spite of the daunting challenges ahead, he was encouraged by the United States President, Barack Obama’s call to him recently.
Buhari spoke yesterday in Abuja during the visit of Northern leaders led by Ambassador Maitama Sule.
He said: “You can imagine what is happening in the high sea where up to 400,000 barrel of crude oil, which we rely on, is stolen every day with the full cooperation of those who are supposed to protect it. Fuel price has gone down and 90 per cent of the foreign exchange we rely on comes from that.
“We all know that whatever you do, without justice it will not endure. As human beings, we keep repeating the same mistake over and over again. But that is what makes us human.
“The biggest message is to try and persuade the people that it is not possible to change the state of affairs now. It took 16 years and those 16 years, most of you know it better than myself that Nigeria earned revenue more than what it earned from 1914 till then.
“You know that we used to have the Nigeria Airways, Nigeria Shipping Line and the Nigeria Railways. Where are they now? Where are the infrastructure between then and now and what we earned in-between and what is on ground? That is how efficiently the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, managed Nigeria in the last 16 years.
“Now, we have invariably inherited all the problems, especially in the North East. I am sure you have heard or seen the children recovered from the Sambisa forest. Only the children and women are remaining, while all the able-bodied men have been gotten rid of somehow. A generation has been denied education and health care; infrastructure has gone.
“So, you have to convince your constituencies that we have virtually arrived at the wrong time and that they have to tamper their expectation with some justice towards the leadership.
“I think whatever has to be deployed especially in the churches and mosques has to be done now; this is the quickest way to communicate this to the ordinary people. Continue to remind them of all the things I said in all the states I visited.
“We picked three fundamental problems. The first is security. The country has to be secured before anything can be put in place and then the economy.
“The fact is that more than 60 per cent of Nigeria’s population are youths and most of them, whether they have been to school or not are unemployed and this is the biggest danger if we don’t know. So, there must be jobs for these people as quickly as possible for us to even enjoy relative peace.
“In the economy, we have to quickly turn to agriculture and mining because that is where you can do the quickest work and earn results. In other areas, you need to study them and dust all the books and studies and get people, experienced people, committed people and technocrats to come and help the government and identify priorities so that with what is available to us, we can quickly make our people realise their hope from the government they have chosen.
“One of the reliefs I got was the telephone call from the President of the United States. I could feel the relief in his voice because Americans are people of conscience. Forget about religion, colour and development.
“They are people of conscience because they have reached a stage where they have stabilised their society and they are relatively secured both materially, physically and otherwise.
“They know we are in danger. Everybody was saying that Nigeria is going to the dogs in 2015, but even beyond our expectations, we have managed to go through and we thank technology for the permanent voter cards, PVCs, and card readers because the whole exercise of writing results, announcing them and asking losers to go to court does not make any difference. Those who defended the PVCs and card readers made this change possible.”
In his speech, Sule told Buhari that his victory was an act of God, adding that nobody can claim credit for it.
“Nobody expected that the elections will be peaceful; nobody expected that the elections will not lead to the disintegration of the country. By the grace of God, the elections were held peacefully. We are living in peace with one another by the grace of God; power will also be handed over to you (Buhari) by the grace of God and we’ll be living peaceful thereafter by the grace of God,” he said.