President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday reassured of his resolve to use his second term in office to strengthen measures aimed at fighting corruption, address issues of security challenges, as well as improve the economy of Nigeria.
Buhari spoke at the “National democracy day anti-corruption summit,” a programme organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in Abuja.
He said, “During the recently concluded election campaigns, I stated clearly that the major areas of priority during my second term in office as it was in my first term will be: security, economic improvement and fight against corruption. I remain committed to the fulfillment of these promises.
“Now, as this administration commences, we are taking stock of progress made so far in the war against corruption, assessing what needs to be done and devising new strategies to address existing challenges.
“I am pleased to inform you that this process has already started with the recent interaction between the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption and all anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria.”
Noting that the theme of the summit, ‘Curbing Electoral Spending: A panacea for public corruption’, was appropriate as it formed “part of the guiding principle and commitment of our administration” Buhari added, “this is in light of recent political developments in the country.”
He said, “Regrettably, the recent political experiences have been characterised by the corrupting influence of money on party politics and electioneering processes.
“This unwholesome practice has dire consequences on our nations, in subverting the exercise of free choice by voters, elevated corrupt and unprincipled individuals to positions of leadership and entrenching the structures of democracy devoid of accountability.
“I once stated that: corruption runs completely counter to our shared values as Africans – the values of justice, the sense of fairness, law and order, equity and equality. Corruption rewards those who do not play by the rules and also creates a system of patronage where the resources are shared out by small elite, while the majority is trapped in poverty.”
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