President Ashraf Ghani Friday said that certain circles of powerful and corrupt elements are hampering the reform process as they do not believe it will be in their own interests.
The president renewed his commitment to the Afghan public and said that government will continue with its reform policy and that promises will be met.
Ghani reiterated that government will not surrender to wayward individuals and lawbreakers.
“People do not want corruption and injustice, people do not want waywardness, the people want a government that serves and I am the first servant,” said Ghani.
He went on to say that certain circles exploit the uncertainties in the country for their personal interests.
“Our problem is corruption, our problem is the lack of commitment, our problem is not taking the time seriously, our problem is the culture of being a boss and not serving,” said Ghani, noting that the existence of powerful elements has overshined efforts for governance and reforms.
“Reform is in the interests of people, only a tiny minority thinks that reform is against their interests,” Ghani added.
“Stability is not supposed to come from the gun, the stability comes from sacrifices and unity between the people, but I want to inform you that those who make a noise, because they are no longer able to make billions of dollars, I do not concentrate on their noise,” said Ghani.
Regarding the peace process Ghani said that Afghans do not ask for peace by pleading.
“The Afghans do not make peace with pleading and supplication, anyone who feels that the president of Afghanistan reaches peace by pleading and supplication, he will take his desire to the grave,” said Ghani.
The president’s remarks come at a time that the performance after two years of National Unity Government (NUG), under Ghani and his Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, is already under scrutiny by the Afghan people – with the majority accusing NUG leaders of failing to deliver on pre and post-campaign promises.