President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said his administration would not relent in its efforts to eradicate corruption in the country, however adding that succeeding will require concerted efforts.
He reiterated his position that if corruption is not eradicated, the menace would kill the country.
He explained that Nigeria needs “a corruption-free public sector to achieve transformation”.
Buhari spoke at the second national summit of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission and the inauguration of the National Ethics and Integrity Policy to mark the commission’s 20th anniversary and Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary.
The theme of the summit is “Together against corruption”.
The President said, “As a military Head of State, I fought corruption headlong and held public officers who abused their office or misused public funds to account.
“Furthermore, I introduced the War Against Indiscipline, one of whose cardinal objectives was promotion of our cherished culture of ethical conduct, integrity and hard work.
“I recognised in 1984 as I do even more now that corruption poses a clear danger to Nigeria, so, we cannot relent in efforts to eradicate it from our society.
“As I have often reminded Nigerians, ‘If we do not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria.”
Buhari expressed the belief that it is when the three arms and the three levels of government work together that the government will be enabled to serve the country while the positive impact of the efforts will be seen.
“Together as a nation, as a people, the three arms and three tiers of government working together, we can attack corruption and realise the vast potentials of our country,” he said.
Buhari said Nigerians needed to deploy resources to address common needs rather than the greed of a callous few.
He added, “We need a corruption-free public sector to achieve this transformation, we need a judicial system that dispenses justice without undue delay and technicality.
“We need laws and legal system to be reformed to deliver justice to every citizen without regard to status and finally we need ethical re-orientation of the people to achieve this goal.
“When we work together against corruption, we can defeat it.”
The President reiterated the role of preventive measures and public education and enlightenment against corruption.
He said his government, through the Open Treasury initiative, Treasury Single Account, Government Integrated Financial Management Information System, Bank Verification Number and others, is implementing different corruption prevention measures to track and retain government revenue for the use of the people.
Buhari recognised and commended the winner of the anti-corruption music award Opeyemi Adeboye; winner of Junior Secondary School competition, Chikezie Favour; winner of the Senior Secondary School competition, Chikezie Favour.
He also presented the 2020 Public Service Integrity Awards to Francis Erhabor, a Chief Superintendent of Police; and Hamza Buwai of Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.
He described them as “two honest public servants who have demonstrated the will to look away from graft and corruption.”
“I congratulate all the awardees. Even though COVID-19 has not permitted the kind of ceremony that you deserve, Nigeria is proud of you. You are a pride to your families, institutions and to Nigeria.
“These public service awards remind us of the need for value re-orientation and revival of ethics and integrity in national life,” the President said.
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Breaking: Tinubu Returns To Nigeria From UK
Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu returned to the country Thursday from the United Kingdom.
Tinubu, who left the country on September 24, returned on Thursday.
The last time he was seen attending a public event physically was on September 22, when he met with members of the Pentecostal bishops’ forum in Abuja
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2023: No State Or Community Will Be Left Behind If I’m Elected President, Peter Obi Assures Nigerians
Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, has promised that no state or community will be left behind in moving Nigeria forward.
He noted that if elected, his administration will tweak the security architecture, which will entail reform of security and governance. “We will restructure, re-equip and reorient the Nigerian Police: This will include 3 levels of policing- federal, state, and community,” he said.
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Obi said he will ensure that in moving Nigeria forward, no state or community will be left behind. Pursuant to its statutory responsibility to protect, our government will promote equity in power and resource sharing.
“The federating units will enjoy discernible autonomy. Resources will also be shared equitably. A higher derivation paid to oil or solid minerals-producing states will not be tantamount to other states not receiving federal allocations that should keep them viable.
“We will tweak the security architecture, which will entail reform of the security sector and governance. We will restructure, re-equip and reorient the Nigerian Police: This will include 3 levels of policing- federal, state, and community.
“We will build a compact, robust and ready mobile police force with rapid response deployment capabilities; and legislate the establishment of state police based on community policing. We will raise the population-to-police officer ratio to a higher level” he added.
On Nigeria’s role in Africa and insecurity, he added that we must think seriously about a leadership that is imbued with competence, capacity, credibility, and commitment. Accordingly, we will pursue intangible assets of good governance, rule of law, and the security of lives and properties.
He added his administration will ensure that they have these assets in place and stress asset optimization.
“We will strike a strategic balance that allows us to promote and protect national interest while meeting our ECOWAS obligations.
“We will rebuild Nigeria’s military power, promote economic growth, and enhance its technological prowess with a view to improving Nigeria’s diplomatic influence in sub-regional, regional and global affairs.
He added that restoring leadership will require that we reassert proactively, Nigeria’s leadership role in African affairs through constructive engagement, peacekeeping duties, and using existing sub-regional and regional forums as well as bilateral platforms for dialogue on current and emerging challenges. We will continue to enhance our sphere of influence via peacekeeping, and trade and investment initiatives.
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Peter Obi Not Subject Of Soludo’s Meeting With APGA – Aide
Anambra State Governor, Charles Soludo, has debunked reports suggesting that he ordered members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to work against the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi in the 2023 general elections.
In a statement, the Press Secretary to the Governor, Christian Aburime, denied the allegation, describing it as the handwork of faceless individuals. He said the immediate past governor of Anambra State was not a subject of the meeting with APGA members.
“The following should, however, be noted: Governor Chukwuma Soludo, CFR, only held a private meeting with his party members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). This meeting is a routine gathering where issues concerning APGA are discussed,” the statement read.
“At no time during the meeting was Mr Peter Obi, a point of discourse. It is pertinent to note that issues discussed at the meeting were purely issues relating to APGA affairs.”
The governor also asked Anambra residents and the general public to completely ignore and disregard the publication in all its entirety.
See the full statement issued below:
Re: Soludo charges Anambra APGA to Work Against Peter Obi, dreams of Presidency after Atiku
We note with disdain the fallacious and distasteful publication of a write-up with the above heading by a faceless individual(s).
We would have chosen to ignore this mischievous and utterly despicable publication, but for the benefit of a few innocent Ndi Anambra who could be misinformed by the write-up.
The following should, however, be noted:
1) That Governor Chukwuma Soludo, CFR, only held a private meeting with his party members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). This meeting is a routine gathering where issues concerning APGA are discussed.
At no time during the meeting was Mr Peter Obi, a point of discourse.
It is pertinent to note that issues discussed at the meeting were purely issues relating to APGA affairs
We, therefore, urge Ndi-Anambra and members of the general public to completely ignore and disregard the publication in all its entirety
Press Secretary To The Governor of Anambra State
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