I can boldly say Nigeria winning war against corruption- Buhari

By Oluwaseun Sonde

President Muhammed Buhari has said he can boldly say Nigeria is winning the war against corruption as he praised the efforts of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC in making the war against corruption effective while listened attentively to the report in the speech presented by the Chairman of EFCC.

Speaking at the Passing-Out Parade of Detective Inspector Course Five, of the EFCC in Kaduna on Tuesday, he said the report is an attestation that the right policies have been put in place to fight corruption and the fight 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. My resolve is to ensure that the reforms are deepened such that there will be no hiding place for corrupt persons and proceeds of corruption.

My aim is to ensure that no government financial transaction is done in secret and all are subjected to public scrutiny. “The objective of this administration is to institute a level of transparency in governance through mainly information technology platforms. Just as advanced democracies and some developing countries, I am determined that within a short period, citizens would be able to follow core government operations online,” he said.

He noted that the administration’s war against corruption is also attracting international endorsements. “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,” he said.

In his remarks, the EFCC acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu said that “EFCC on its part is currently developing its Statement of Strategy for 2020 to 2025, in line with the five pillars of National Anti-Corruption Strategy.

This was preceded by an earlier strategic plan which was successfully implemented.” He added that the EFCC, with the support of development partners has built one of the best investigative laboratories in West Africa which has aided investigators and prosecutors in achieving accuracy and deployment of incontrovertible evidence in courts.

He also identified communication as key to the overall success of the organisation’s activities.

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