We will continue to prosecute those, who have been indicted for corrupt practices – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari, while addressing members of Nigerian community in New Delhi, India, where he is attending the 3rd Summit of the India and African Nations has reiterated his administration’s commitment to rid Nigeria of corruption and corrupt politicians.

He maintained that his target for fighting corruption was to stop corrupt individuals from seeking to occupy public offices for selfish gains, adding that structures are being put in place such that the anti-corruption fight will continue even at the end of his tenure.

He said the era when Nigerians elect corrupt politicians are long gone and that no one who expects to hold public office will ever think of looting the treasury after his administration must have set every thing in place to checkmate all loopholes in the public sector.

“The anti-corruption campaign will be on-going for many years. We are committed to the enthronement of good governance that plugs the loopholes in public sector accounting, and the use of scarce resources for public good. We are determined to demonstrate exemplary leadership that will make our citizens to change their ways in a manner that lays a solid foundation for reconstruction and development.

I am confident that our approach to fighting corruption through value re-orientation, improved internal processes and systems and the rule of law, as well as enhancing the capacity of the various anti-corruption agencies and institutions will prove more enduring in addressing this evil. In the meantime, we will continue to prosecute those who have been indicted for corrupt practices and ensure that stolen funds are recovered, to serve as deterrence to others who nurse the ambition of seeking public office solely for illegal personal gain.

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I wish to assure you that we shall do our best to fix the economy, create jobs for the teeming population of our youths and make the home environment safe, secure and more attractive to Nigerians outside the country like your good selves. On the economy, our aim is to address the challenge of infrastructure in all its ramifications, especially power and transportation.

We are seeking to create jobs through agriculture, mining, industrial value-addition and the promotion of small scale enterprises. We are also taking steps to address criminality across the country. We are tackling the menace of terrorism posed by Boko Haram head on and I am pleased to note that though sporadic attacks on soft targets have not stopped, the over-all capacity of Boko Haram to hold territory and determine the course of the conflict has been severely degraded.

If the current positive trends are maintained, we are confident that by the end of this year, we would have succeeded in permanently turning the tide against the Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria.”

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