Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Anti-Corruption crusade must be won, Buhari insists

Anti-Corruption crusade must be won, Buhari insists

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Tuesday said embattled former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms (PTFP), Abdulrasheed Maina, Babachir Lawal, former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), and Ayo Oke, former director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) are still under investigation.

President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented at the event by his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, called for more collaboration amongst African countries, stressing that it was key to winning the fight against corruption.

"We have recovered and are still recovering trillions of naira that were stolen in the past few years by people without conscience".

"I am not a vengeful person but I think until we ensure that some of our leaders pass through those doors, this struggle against corruption in this country will not be won, will not be over. It should not be left to the anti-corruption agencies to pursue this issue", he said.

"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".

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".

"We were very proud in the Commonwealth when the President graced us by coming to the Tackling Corruption Together Conference in May, 2016, and he explained so graphically, the wisdom that comes from corruption". When they asked him, what do you want out of this and he said, I want my money back.

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He urged the National Assembly to "add more verve" to the government's effort by "reviewing archaic provisions" that would address lapses in the legal frameworks.

"It has become the norm".

"We need to educate Nigerians that corruption is wrong".

It is for this reason that we appeal to Nigerians to support regulatory agencies like Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, because fighting corruption is everyone's concern.

The president noted that a number of nations had signified interest to help Nigeria tighten its laws and enter into agreements with the country to repatriate not only stolen funds but to make the culprits face due process of law.

Dogara who was on a working visit described the building as a dream come true, noting that the project was justified considering the quality of infrastructure put in place and the fine finish of the work.

"I was there to launch that building, fantastic building and I really applaud the acting chairman because of the work that he has done".

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