Anti-Corruption crusade must be won, Buhari insists

  • Anti-Corruption crusade must be won, Buhari insists

Anti-Corruption crusade must be won, Buhari insists

"The difference between the money we need to deliver the hopes and aspirations contained in our Commonwealth Charter of 2013 and the commitment we all made when we signed up to the UN SDGs of 2015 and the money we have is the sum equivalent of that which is siphoned off by the corrupt practices of the greedy, the uncaring and the pernicious few", she said.

He however maintained that, "we never intended, and we are not engaged in witch-hunts, but we are determined within the laws to call people to account".

He said: "My first attempt to fight corruption, corruption fought back successfully".

"War of 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 anymore a crime". I want Nigerians to take ownership, it should not be left to the anti-corruption agencies alone. We must CHANGE our ways of handling public trust.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said since its inception in 2015, his administration has succeeded in recovering trillions of naira stolen by those he described as people without conscience. That's the narrative out there, but that must change due to the fact that we have sitting before us here a President who has won global acclaim as being corrupt-free.

"I call on the Judiciary and the National Assembly to join hands in this national effort", he appealed. To me, that is not the issue.

"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".

He, however, expressed the hope that other arms of government including the judiciary and legislature would collaborate with the executive on the current war against corruption in the country.

The Commonwealth scribe, who stated this at the ongoing 8th Commonwealth Conference of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa, with the theme, "Partnering Towards Assets Recovery and Return" also noted that this recovery surpassed the recoveries made in the past 10 years.

According to him, this can be done through the review of archaic provisions in the country's laws and proactive passage of new legislations. "There are millions of Nigerians who are not corrupt", he said. "There are millions of Nigerians that we come across day by day that are corruption-free".

The renowned writer said he asked the EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, for the "presidential wing" of the cells, saying he asked out of his human rights concerns to ensure such personalities are well treated while in detention.

Magu further said, "there is no hiding place for corrupt officials", adding that the agency under his leadership has secured 486 convictions including that of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

Mr Magu added that the commission has also recovered N500 billion, explaining that all monies recovered for the federal government were "duly remitted" into the federation account and those for individuals were given back to them.