Buhari Vows, No Hiding Place For Treasury Looters In Nigeria
Buhari Vows, No Hiding Place For Treasury Looters In Nigeria.
• We have recovered and are still recovering trillions of naira that were stolen in the past few years by people without conscience, says Buhari.
• Corruption not only kills governments but also destroys societies.
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President Muhammadu Buhari while commissioning the new headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja yesterday, has said his government will not rest until it hunts down conscienceless looters of the nation’s treasury.
He refuted allegations the administration is orchestrating a witch- hunt, stressing: “ We are determined within the laws to call people to account.” He therefore explained: “Since 2015, we have made significant progress in the fight against corruption. Everyone now knows that corrupt officials will be held to account, no matter how long it takes.”
“We have recovered and are still recovering trillions of naira that were stolen in the past few years by people without conscience. We are pursuing recoveries everywhere and are making sure that anyone who has been found culpable is made to answer for his or her crime under the law.” The president sought the collaboration of the judiciary and also urged the legislature to provide the needed framework for the war.
He noted: “ We must change our ways of handling public trust. Corruption not only kills governments but also destroys societies. It is the major reason we are struggling with basic developmental issues that other nations have long overcome.” War on corruption is not an easy one to fight , because it affects so many different branches of our lives, so much that some people do not even consider breaking trust is a crime anymore. It has become the norm. That is why we must fight this attitude and encourage Nigerians to change their attitudes and perspectives. ”
He appealed to citizens to support regulatory agencies like the EFCC. In his goodwill message, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, noted that Buhari is not the only graft – free individual in the country.
“The fact that we have, seated before us here, a president whose global acclaim has been corruption – free, I can tell you that he is not alone in Nigeria. There are millions of Nigerians that we come across day by day that are corruption – free.”
Reinforcing the point, Dogara said: “There are millions of Nigerians that have not bowed their knees to the god of corruption , and that fact must be emphasised.” The speaker said the former EFCC head office had left people with the impression that the Federal Government was not upbeat about the campaign. According to him,“ We didn’t have a building that represented the seriousness with which we have taken the fight.” He, however, expressed satisfaction “that Mr. President, by this singular effort, has shown that he is putting money where his mouth is.”
He said: “ I am happy to say that it is with the support of the National Assembly that the funds were put together to complete this edifice. And we will continue to support the fight against corruption.”