Buhari: Corruption drove me out of power 35years ago, it won’t succeed today

By Editor on 16/05/2018

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, vowed that the corruption that fought back and succeeded in chasing him out of power, in 1985, must be defeated this time around by all means.

Buhari, who took time off his address at the commissioning of the newly-built headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja, to recount how his leadership of the country as a military Head of State, was cut short by elements who detested his fight against corruption, vowed that he would strive to complete the job now he had a second chance.

He him: ““I do not like to start with digression but it has become relevant here because of recent a renowned citizen of this country said this government promises to fight corruption but he is warning us that corruption will continue to fight back. I’m sure this he meant it for the rest of the country not for me because my first attempt to fight corruption, corruption fought back successfully.

“I was removed as Head of State, detained for three years. Those that we put (as members of) committees to investigate for abusing office they were given whatever they had misappropriated and I remained in detention until a journalist from Edo state said “My mother had to die to save me from detention because I was only released when my mother died after three years.So, in spite of that my objective of fighting corruption remains steadfast.”

Indicating that he had continued with vigour to fight the menace even in his second coming, the President, added: “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.’’

But he said the fight must not be left to him alone, adding that other arms of government, the legislature and the judiciary, must key into the project in the interest of the country.

“It is my hope and expectation that the judiciary, which is a critical stakeholder and partner in the war against corruption, would continue to collaborate with the executive to bring corrupt people to book.”

 

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The new EFCC HQ

In fact, he said the legislature to add more verve to the determination of the government to rid the nation of the brazen corruption witnessed in recent years, through reviewing archaic constitutional provisions and proactive passage of new legislation, adding that Nigerians, also, must change their ways of handling public trust.

He added: “Corruption not only kills governments but destroys societies. It is the major reason why we are struggling with basic developmental issues that other comparable nations have long overcome.’

“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 any more a crime.

“It has become the norm. That is why we must fight this attitude and encourage Nigerians to change their attitudes and perspectives.’’

 

 

 

Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on May, 16 2018

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