President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday hosted members of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) at State House, Abuja.
He promised at the meeting that the government would beam the searchlight on the cost of governance and weed out possible corruption that exists anywhere.
A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said President Buhari thanked members of the committee for the “major sacrifice they’ve made in accepting the assignment to serve the country.”
He told members of the committee, led by Prof. Itse Sagay, that “some of the elite won’t trust you, and you will be alienated, no matter how close you are to them.”
The President recalled the experience of the past when assets were seized from officials who couldn’t explain how they got them, only for those assets to be returned to them when the government was changed.
President Buhari vowed that such would not re-occur, saying, he had given instructions that all forfeited assets “be sold and the money put in the Treasury Single Account.”
He added: “Let’s see who will now take back the money from the treasury, and give back to those people, as was done in the past.”
Sagay, in his remarks, said Nigeria was lucky more than ever to have a person of President Buhari’s credentials as leader of the government.
“We congratulate you for being a star of the anti-corruption struggle in Africa. You attach a lot of importance to the fight against corruption, and we have tried to achieve the aims you had in mind when you established PACAC,” Sagay said.
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