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I don’t want your cheque. go and assist our communities - Buhari tells businessmen

I don’t want your cheque. go and assist our communities - Buhari tells businessmen



President Muhammadu Buhari has urged businessmen, contractors and other privileged Nigerians who are beneficiaries of government patronage to always engage in Corporate Social Responsibility, instead of seeking to favour individuals with gifts.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said this on Friday in Daura, Katsina State when he visited the Emir of Daura, Dr Umar Faruk Umar, at his Palace.

He said: “I don’t want your cheque. Go and assist our communities” instead of trying to return kickbacks to public officers, including his office.

“We don’t want cheques from anyone or organisations as returns or influence of any kind. Let them remember their Corporate Social Responsibilities,” he added.

Speaking further, President Buhari noted that he would love to visit Daura more frequently, but for the high cost of presidential movements and exposing security personnel to the weather, assuring that his heart remains with the people.

  “We are known for farming and I have my farm here. I could come every two weeks and no one can stop me.

But the cost to the movement is high. I would rather that it be used to better our schools, clinics and hospitals”.

The President said the grace of God had kept Nigeria together as a country in spite of differences that led to a 30-month civil war in the 1960s.

“We want to thank God always for keeping us together as a country. From January 15, 1966, the country was thrown into a political crisis. We had a 30 months civil war that resulted in the loss of about a million lives.

“We still thank God for keeping us together. We remain grateful to all those who showed interest in our unity and progress.

May God continue to bless them,” he added.

The President, who recalled fond memories of visiting the Palace as a military Head of State, expressed happiness that the warmth and hospitality of the traditional institution had been sustained over the years.

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