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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

NO HIDING PLACE FOR TREASURY LOOTERS IN NIGERIA, BUHARI VOWS


President Muhammadu Buhari has said his government will not rest until it hunts down conscienceless looters of the nation’s treasury.
He stated this while commissioning the new headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja yesterday.
He refuted allegations the administration is orchestrating a witch-hunt, stressing: “We are determined within the laws to call people to account."
He explained: “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.”
The president sought the collaboration of the judiciary and also urged the legislature to provide the needed framework for the war. According to him, this can be done through the review of archaic provisions in the country's laws and proactive passage of new legislations.
He noted: “We must change our ways of handling public trust. Corruption not only kills governments but also destroys societies. It is the major reason we are struggling with basic developmental issues that other nations have long overcome.
"War on 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 a crime anymore. It has become the norm. That is why we must fight this attitude and encourage Nigerians to change their attitudes and perspectives.”
He appealed to citizens to support regulatory agencies like the EFCC.


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