President Muhammadu Buhari has affirmed that he will not cover up any act of corruption even amongst his party members, noting that any of his associate found guilty of corrupted will face the full wrath of the law.
He said this during an exclusive interview on Tuesday, July 21 with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, the cable channel's international correspondent.
“If any of my associates or party member is indicted of corruption, they cannot escape justice. There is not going to be any APC member or any close personality found guilty that would escape justice,” he said.
On the freedom of the Chibok girls, he said, “our main objective as a government is to secure the release of those girls safe and sound, back to their schools and rehabilitate them to go back to their normal lives. So, if we are convinced the girls would be delivered safe and sound, we will negotiate.”
In reaction to criticism against his administration, the President, who is currently in the United States on a four-day visit on President Barack Obama's invitation, said it is too early for people to berate his government.
“I think I can be held accountable for my promises in the next quarters I have ahead of me. I think it is too early for anybody to pass judment on my campaign promises.”
When asked if the Nigerian government would trade the missing Chibok girls for the release of jailed Bboko Haram members, Buhari said, “ We have to be very careful about the credibility of various Boko Haram leaders coming out to claim that they can deliver the girls . We have to be very careful indeed and we are taking our time because we want to bring them back safe and sound to their parents.