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How corruption dealt with me in office – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday recalled events leading
to his ouster as Nigeria’s military head of state and eventual
incarceration for three years by a military government that
succeeded him.
Mr Buhari’s short stint as Nigeria’s military ruler ended in August
1985 following a palace coup by unhappy elements within the
military ranks led by his Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Babangida.
He said it was a battle he lost against corruption.
Speaking at the commissioning of new office complex for the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Buhari
repeated his claim that his removal was due to his stance against
corruption.
He said he is not deterred by the notion that when you fight
corruption, corruption would fight back.
“My first attempt to fight corruption, corruption fought back
successfully. I was removed from office and detained for three
years,” he said.
The president said in spite of that experience, his “objective of
fighting corruption remained steadfast.”
Mr Buhari explained that since his coming to office as elected
president in 2015, he has made “very conscious decisions” to
pursue the fight against corruption.
Citing recoveries of “trillions” of naira he said his government has
made from corrupt officials, the president gave himself a pass
mark, saying he has made “significant progress” in the fight
against corruption.
He said there is now a realisation that “corrupt officials would be
brought to justice no matter how long it takes.”
In indirect response to allegations of bias in the government’s fight
against corruption, Mr Buhari said his administration “never
intended and does not engage in with-hunting” but “will call people
to account within the law.”
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.
Dogara Calls For Better Welfare
In his goodwill message, Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Yakubu Dogara, asked the federal government to turn its attention
to improving the welfare of EFCC staff in order to insulate them
from corruption.
Mr Dogara, whose short remarks received thunderous applause
from staff of the commission, said building a headquarters for the
commission, “as important as it is” was not enough commitment
to the fight against corruption.
“We have the ardent responsibility to insulate officers of this
agency from temptation,” he said.
He also spoke on the need to change the corruption narrative in
Nigeria saying there are millions of Nigerians who do not bow
“before the god of corruption.”
Nigeria Inspiring – Commonwealth Scribe
In her remarks, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth,
Patricia Scotland, said the “determination of Nigeria is inspiring”
other countries to spur up the fight against corruption.
She hailed President Buhari’s example and his commitment to
Nigeria’s efforts at recovery of stolen asset.
Ms Scotland also charged officials of the EFCC to remain
determined and sustain the current momentum of the anti-
corruption campaign.
“We hope that this building will not only take the angels but will
send all the corrupt [persons] to where they rightly belong,” she
said.
Magu Reveals Scorecard, Hails Predecessors
In his address, the acting EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, said
under his watch, the commission has recorded 486 convictions, in
the last two and half years.
He said, this year alone, the EFCC has secured 89 convictions and
“for the first time in Nigeria”, a senior advocate is convicted of
corruption.
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.
He saluted the effort and commitment of his predecessors, from
the founding chairman of the commission, Nuhu Ribadu, who got
the commission its first building in Wuse, Abuja.
He said a new and bigger headquarters for the EFCC became a
necessity in view of expansion over the years, as well as the need
for “security and confidentiality” for the commission’s operations.

 

3 Comments

  1. S

    Hmm

  2. M

    What a pity

  3. T

    Ok

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