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Buhari Says 11,595 B’Haram Captives Were Rescued Under Him.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that 11,595 persons held captive by Boko Haram sect since his emergence as president, have regained their freedom, The Punch reports.

According to him, the military has regained all territories hitherto occupied by the sect.

These were contained in a document tagged "Fact sheet on President Muhammadu Buhari's first year in office" and made available to journalists by the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

President Buhari has said that 11,595 persons held captive by Boko Haram sect since his emergence as president, have regained their freedom.

The document highlighted the achievements of the administration under categories such as security, anti-corruption war, economy, power, environment and judiciary among others.

The statement read in part, "The relocation of the Nigerian Military Command Centre to Maiduguri, since May 2015, contributed to the success in the fight against insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country.

"As of February 2016, the total number of persons rescued by the Nigerian troops during the ongoing operations in the North-East came to 11,595.

"Since December 2015, the well-motivated and rejuvenated Nigerian military have regained all Nigerian territories previously under Boko Haram control."

On anti-corruption war, the statement said the campaign was gaining ground with several high profile cases already in the courts.

The statement read "In March 2016, the Federal government and the Swiss government signed a Letter of Intent on the Restitution of Illegally-Acquired Assets forfeited in Switzerland.

"Under the agreement, Switzerland will repatriate $321m illicitly acquired by the Gen. Sani Abacha family.

"In March 2016, the Presidential Committee set up to probe contracts awarded by the Office of the National Security Adviser from 2011 to 2015 announced the recovery of over N7bn from indicted companies and individuals."

On economy, the government said the implementation of the Treasury Single Account has provided greater visibility of government revenues and cash flows. It said between June 2015 and April 2016, the Federal Government's TSA collection clocked N3trn.

"To further instill fiscal discipline, President Buhari directed the closure of all multiple accounts in Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government, thereby plugging loopholes for leakages with new technology.

"The opaque accounting structure of the NNPC has been reconstructed to be more transparent with the closure of more than 40 accounts.

"As a corporate entity, NNPC is now accountable and more transparent in operations, publishing its monthly financial reports.

"The President also resolved the lingering shadowy oil swap deals that had cost the country billions of dollars and left it at the mercy of a few rich Nigerians.

"To alleviate the suffering of Nigerians in September 2015, President Buhari directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to disburse N689.5bn as bailout to 27 states of the federation to pay salaries.

"To stimulate the economy and reduce poverty, in April, 2016, President Buhari approved deferment in the payment of the bailout as states were still reeling under the burden of the fall in commodity prices.

"Records of more than 34,000 ghost workers draining the nation's resources were expunged from the Federal Civil Service, saving N2.29bn monthly."

Meanwhile, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state has described President Muhammadu Buhari's one year in office as a 'colossal waste'.

According to the governor, the increment in the pump price of petrol is one of the gifts of President Muhammadu Buhari to Nigerians to celebrate his one year in office.
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