Buhari Inaugurates EFCC's New Office In Abuja

Soyinka Anti-corruption war won’t be won until some leaders pass through EFCC doors

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja from Jigawa state and is now at the new office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. I want Nigerians to take ownership, it should not be left to the anti-corruption agencies alone.

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 was then placed under house arrest for several months.

"Botswana's Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime is now investigating 26 suspects who are accused of money laundering and fraud to the tune over 300 million pula, which is equivalent to $85 million".

Earlier, Buhari, who spoke off-the-cuff at first, said: "My last time to fight corruption, corruption fought back successfully, I was removed and detained for three years". In spite of that, my objective of fighting corruption remains steadfast.

He also admitted that anti-corruption war is not easy to fight because it affects different branches of national lives.

"It has become the norm. That is why we must fight this attitude and encourage Nigerians to change their attitudes and perspectives".

He explained: "Since 2015, we have made significant progress in the fight against corruption".

The president sought the collaboration of the judiciary and also urged the legislature to provide the needed framework for the war.

The president specifically called on the judiciary and the National Assembly to join hands in this national effort.

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Buhari boasted that his government has recovered and continues to recover trillions of Naira stolen from Nigerians in the past few years by "people without conscience".

She said the Commonwealth Secretariat takes the issue of tackling corruption seriously because of the level of squalor and deprivation on account of corruption globally.

"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".

He said his administration never never intended and was not engaged in witch-hunts, but was determined within the laws to call people to account.

He said the federal government on its part was committed to working with the nation's foreign friends to stop the inflow of stolen funds from Nigeria into their countries and recovering what was there already.

The president assured that those assets, when repatriated, would be put to building infrastructure.

Gowon said he was saddened by reports in the media suggesting that all the country's former Heads of States or Presidents were corrupt, noting that such allegations were denigrating the office. There are millions of Nigerians who have not bent their knees to the god of corruption, that fact I must emphasize.

The renowned writer said he asked the EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, for the "presidential wing" of the cells, saying he asked out of his human rights concerns to ensure such personalities are well treated while in detention.

"And we will continue to support the fight against corruption".

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