Buhari who was speaking after he was made patron of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE), in Abuja on Tuesday 29 November 2016, said:
"If I will go in the negative side, how can an ordinary Nigerian go into the sea, 70 kilometres or more, go down two meters and blow up oil installations? That cannot be an ordinary Nigerian.
"So, I hope you will appeal to your colleagues to make sure that what we have built, they should regard it whether they are working with multi- nationals or the government."If Nigerian engineers are denied their roles, it is not the fault of the profession, it is the fault of some individual governments. Other governments have done their best and found Nigerian engineers competent and cost effective. Nigerian engineers are very quick in up-taking and performing in the field."