We Will Institutionalise Anti- corruption War – President Buhari








President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday pledged that the
anti-corruption crusade in the country would be deepened
and institutionalized to last beyond the life of the current
administration.
Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s Senior Adviser on Media
and Publicity, said in a statement that Buhari made the
pledge when he received U. S. Secretary of State, Mr John
Kerry, at the State House, Abuja.
The president stated that his administration was laying
down administrative and financial instructions in the public
service that must be obeyed.
“We will insist on the standards we’re establishing.
“We are laying down administrative and financial
instructions in the public service that must be obeyed. Any
breach will no longer be acceptable.
“We will re-train our staff so that they understand the new
orientation, and those who foul of these rules will be
prosecuted, no matter who is involved.
“But, we will be fair, just and act according to the rule of
law.
“Anyone perceived corrupt is innocent till we can prove it.
We will work very hard to establish documentation for
successful prosecution, and those in positions of trust will
sit up,’’ he said.
Buhari appreciated the intervention of the U.S before the
2015 polls, demanding free and fair elections in Nigeria,
saying, “America did not do it because of what it stands to
benefit from us.
“You did it for the Nigerian people. It tells so much what
the U.S stands for in the world”.
On Boko Haram insurgency, he thanked the U.S. for its
“hard and soft military help’’.
“The training and intelligence that we could not muster
ourselves, we received.
“The training has made Boko Haram less of a threat to
Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region, while the military
hardware has given our troops added confidence,’’ he said.
The president said that though militancy in the Niger Delta
had impacted negatively on the economy and affected
positive intentions of international and local investors,
government had showed restraint to use of real force.
On the economy, he assured that the focus of his
administration was on the diversification “having learnt our
lessons from years of over dependence on oil’’.
In his remarks, Kerry commended the courage of Buhari in
fighting corruption.
“We applaud what you are doing. Corruption creates a
ready-made playing field for recruiting extremists.
“You inherited a big problem, and we will support you in
any way we can. We will work with you very closely.
“We don’t want to interfere, but will offer opportunities as
you require,” Kerry said.
He pledged his government’s determination to assist
Nigeria in tackling the humanitarian challenges in the
North-East, adding that U.S. would get Britain, France, and
others “to augment the support.’’
“Nigeria is priority for us. We won’t miss the opportunity to
work together, because you are making significant
progress,’’ he said. (NAN)

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