Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday reacted to the claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is corruption free.
The Speaker while acknowledging the claim however noted that Buhari is not the only corruption free Nigerian, saying that millions of other citizens of the country exist who are corruption free.
He spoke at the commissioning of the new corporate headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja, at an event where Buhari also made claim that he was detained for years for fighting corruption.
“The fact that we have seated here, before us a President whose global acclaim has been corrupt free, I can tell you that he is not alone in Nigeria. There are millions of Nigerians that we come across day by day that are corrupt-free.
“There is a representation of history, a prophet cried to God and said there was only one man that has not bowed his knees to Baal, but God replied to that prophet, saying that he has reserved several others in that city who have not bowed their knees to Baal.
“There are millions of Nigerians that have not bowed their knees to the god of corruption and that fact must be emphasized,” Dogara said.
Buhari had in his remarks claimed that he was ousted from power and imprisoned as military Head of State in 1985 for fighting corruption but said that he will not be deterred from continuing with his anti-corruption war, despite several obstacles.
He said, “My first attempt to fight corruption, corruption fought back. I was detained for three years. In spite of that, my objective of fighting corruption remains steadfast. I have made significant progress on fighting corruption since 2015. We are pursuing corruption everywhere.
“I see in the office the resolve of Nigerians to fight corruption. We must change our ways of handling public trust. War on corruption is not easy fight. We must encourage Nigerians to change their attitude. We are not engaged in witch-hunting.”
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