I was ousted as military ruler for fighting corruption

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 17, 2018

He said the commission had also recovered over N500 billion with a promise to intensify the fight against corruption.

He described the inauguration of the EFCC head office building as another milestone in his determined and collective fight against corruption. It is not for alone that is why I am saying Nigerians must take ownership of the fight because you can not leave it [alone] to the anti-corruption agencies.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said that his government has since inception in 2015 made notable progress in corruption fight and that he would not spare corrupt officials no matter how long it takes.

"It has become the norm".

The acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, commended the president for the support extended to the commission since 2015.

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. "That is why we must fight this attitude and encourage Nigerians to change their attitudes and perspectives".

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.

The President said his government has recovered trillions of naira that were stolen in the past few years, and is still pursuing recoveries everywhere to make sure that everyone who has been found culpable is made to answer for his or her crime under the law.

Magu flaunts Buhari’s re-election lapel pin
Magu flaunts Buhari’s re-election lapel pin

He therefore appealed to Nigerians to support regulatory agencies like EFCC, because fighting corruption was everyone's concern.

The Nobel laureate said for now, the responsibility of anti-corruption agencies should be to recover the rest of Nigeria's stolen funds which could be used in developing the nation.

According to the president, these assets, when repatriated will be put to building infrastructure across the country.

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. He, however, expressed satisfaction "that Mr. President, by this singular effort, has shown that he is putting money where his mouth is".

"We expect that the officers of the EFCC should be angels; that is not a misplaced expectation, except for the reminder that angels live in heaven; they don't live in hell".

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".

He said: "That we have been bled dry in this nation by corrupt leadership and their agencies is nothing to reiterate". I want my money back to the people of Nigeria.

Buhari claimed his removal was due to his stance against corruption.

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