Anti-Corruption crusade must be won, Buhari insists

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Anti-Corruption crusade must be won, Buhari insists

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, May 14, arrived in the new office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), where he formally inaugurated the office in Abuja.

Speaking with some newsmen, students groups and civil society organizations, the Chairman, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu said that one of the ways this fight can be won by Nigerians is to embrace "the "see something say something" slogan.

A former governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, and a Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, have both condemned President Muhammadu Buhari, on his fight against corruption.

Meanwhile, the Commonwealth secretary-general, Patricia Scotland, has revealed that Nigeria recovered over $3 billion in one year through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He added: "For now, your responsibility I believe is to help us recover the rest of the loot which is still flying all over the continent".

The President, who recounted how he was arrested and jailed for three years for fighting corruption, noted that corruption successfully defeated him at the first attempt. 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.

During the Chairman's welcome address he mentioned how the EFCC had collaborated with the FIRS to recover funds from tax evaders which can be corroborated with the Ministry of Finance recent announcement that 14 whistleblowers will be paid the sum of N439.276 million for providing tips on tax evaders. Inspire of that, my objective of fighting corruption remains steadfast.

He said: "This government promised to fight corruption but corruption will continue to fight back".

"The people who work in this building are valuable". And I took the trouble yesterday to visit the headquarters of the EFCC.

"During our time, I can assure you we did not know anything of the sort such as corruption".

As if the President's renewed sermon on anti-corruption is to prepare the road to 2019, the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has dismissed threats by members of the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) to exit the APC.

He also challenged participants at the conference to come up with effective measures not only to prevent looting of public funds but also recovery of stolen money, and its use for the people. Kano has always been the President's base. The president also lauded the state government for subscribing to the federal government's renewable energy master plan by having the largest solar power investment portfolio in the country - the 330 megawatts joint solar power development station situated in Gwiwa local government area of the state.

The construction of the new building which is fully funded by the Federal Government cost about N24billion. Buhari also lauded the governor for his efforts as the head of the fertiliser supply and distribution programme which, according to him, has resulted in "unprecedented availability of fertiliser to farmers at zero level".

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