This is another milestone in our determined and collective fight
Throughout my journey in national service and since 2015, I
have made a very conscious decision to pursue a vigorous fight
against corruption in public life.
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.
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.
Permit me to also seize this opportunity to call on the
Legislature which provides the legal framework for the anti-
corruption war to add more verve to the determination of
government to rid our nation of the brazen corruption witnessed in
recent years, through reviewing archaic provisions in our laws and
proactive passage of new legislation.
Ladies and gentlemen, an American author and philanthropist,
Anthony Robbins once said: “The only impossible journey is the
one you never begin.” He was saying, in other words, that if you
are determined, no obstacle will be big enough to stand in your
What I see here is not only a structure of concrete and metal, I
see in this edifice, the resolve of Nigerians to fight corruption. But
structures are not the whole story. We must CHANGE our ways of
handling public trust. 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 anymore a crime. It
has become the norm. That is why we must fight this attitude and
encourage Nigerians to CHANGE their attitudes and perspectives.
The goal of this Administration is to ensure the protection of
public trust, and the anti-corruption war is at its centre. We never
intended, and we are not engaged in witch-hunts, but we are
determined within the laws to call people to account.
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. I
call on the Judiciary and the National Assembly to join hands in
this national effort.
I am glad to note that quite a number of nations are signifying
interest to help us tighten their laws and enter into agreements with
Nigeria to repatriate not only stolen funds but to make the culprits
face due process of law.
We are committed to working with our foreign friends to stop
the inflow of stolen funds from Nigeria into their countries and
recovering what is there already. These assets, when repatriated
will be put to building our infrastructure.
It is my pleasure to perform the opening ceremony of the
‘’Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Headquarters’’.
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