Presidency restates commitment to wage corruption battle

By Sanni Muhammed October 28, 2015 16:59

Presidency restates commitment to wage corruption battle

President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his resolve to continue his anti-corruption mantra aimed at eradicating and prosecuting corrupt public officials whom the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and other anti-corruption bodies have found guilty.

He added that Nigerians should be prepared as the anti-corruption campaign would persist for many years.

Buhari made this declaration while addressing members of the Nigerian community in New Delhi India, conveyed by a statement issued by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

He reaffirmed his administration’s resolve to ensure plugging of leakages in public sector finances and reducing corruption in the country.

    “The anti-corruption campaign will be ongoing for many years. We are committed to the enthronement of good governance that plugs the loopholes in public sector accounting, and the use of scarce resources for public good.

    “We are determined to demonstrate exemplary leadership that will make our citizens to change their ways in a manner that lays a solid foundation for reconstruction and development.

    “I am confident that our approach to fighting corruption through value re-orientation, improved internal processes and systems and the rule of law, as well as enhancing the capacity of the various anti-corruption agencies and institutions will prove more enduring in addressing this evil.

It could be recalled that the EFCC had quizzed the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio for alleged mismanagement and defrauding the state of N101.8bn and piling up debts for the State.

This allegation has since been denied but the Presidency has insisted that the full wrath of the law must take its course.

See: Akpabio’s Arrest: Buhari reacts, blasts PDP

Buhari also affirmed that the recovery of stolen funds and prosecution corrupt officials who have been indicted for corrupt practices by the EFCC will also continue to be vigorously pursued; adding that the recoveries and prosecutions of offenders by the anti graft agencies will curb the spread of corruption in public office.

    “In the meantime, we will continue to prosecute those who have been indicted for corrupt practices and ensure that stolen funds are recovered, to serve as deterrence to others who nurse the ambition of seeking public office solely for illegal personal gain.”

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has since cautioned Buhari against political witch-hunting of its former Governors who have since been inundated with constant questioning by the EFCC, while former Governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC, accused of corruption have only been rewarded with political positions and nominated as Ministers.

See: How Buhari, EFCC, have declared a full scale war – PDP