From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
President Muhammadu Buhari has said, his administration is determined to ensure that no government financial transaction is done in secret and all are subjected to public scrutiny.
He stated this during the passing out parade of
281 Detective Inspectors of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) held in Kaduna yesterday.
Buhari who was the Reviewing Officer at the Passing Out Parade said he will ensure that, there is no hiding place for corrupt persons and proceeds of corruption in Nigeria.
He expressed delight that, with the right policies put in place to fight corruption, Nigeria is winning the war against graft.
According to the President, “the fight against corruption is becoming much more effective, I make bold to say that Nigeria is winning the war against corruption. I congratulate the EFCC on its good work and I urge that the current level of success be sustained and accelerated.
“Our fight against corruption is being recognized by the international community as real and effective. The face of the country abroad is also changing as the international community is beginning to see Nigeria making substantial progress in the enthronement of transparency, accountability and good governance.
“The President of the 7th Session of United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) had this to say when announcing Nigeria as Vice-Chairman of Conference of State Parties: “It is an election well deserved. Nigeria has demonstrated remarkable determination in the fight against corruption”.
“Nigeria retained the position of Vice Chair of the 8th Session. During the 10th Session of the Conference of State Parties, the Implementation Review Group Report also noted the high number of Asset Recovery cases successfully initiated by Nigeria in cooperation with other countries under the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) framework”.
Buhari further said, the measures systematically being put in place to fight corruption through systems reforms have also been yielding results. The reforms he said are aimed at eliminating discretionary behaviour of public officials and disabling corruption.
He said, while it is important that his administration continue to fish out and punish corrupt persons, the government has equally been assiduously working on preventing corruption from taking place thereby stemming it out of our system through the channels of a series of institutional reforms.
Buhari, however, congratulated the Cadets for persevering through the one year of intensive training. “As law enforcement officers, I expect that you have attained high endurance level and the intellectual capacity to investigate and facilitate EFCC’s prosecutorial powers” he urged them.
Earlier in his speech, the Acting Chairman of the EFCC. Ibrahim Magu stated that, corruption is deadlier than cancer, Coronavirus, ebola and Lassa fever.
According to him, “Like Mr. President had said, if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria. That is why the mission to eliminate corruption in Nigeria assumed a more systematic posture from 2016 with the development of a National Anti-Corruption strategy and national Anti-Corruption Action Plan which were launched in 2017.”