WE’LL VIGOROUSLY PURSUE THE RECOVERY OF STOLEN FUNDS TO DETER OTHERS FROM SEEKING PUBLIC OFFICE FOR PERSONAL GAIN – BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in New Delhi
reaffirmed his Administration’s resolute commitment to
curbing corruption, plugging all loopholes in public
sector accounting and deploying available resources
for the good of all Nigerians.
Addressing members of the Nigerian community in
India, President Buhari declared that the recovery of
stolen funds and prosecution of persons who have
been indicted for corrupt practices will also continue to
be vigorously pursued.
The President said that he expected the ongoing
recoveries and prosecutions to serve as a deterrent to
others who nurse the ambition of seeking public office
solely for illegal personal gain.
President Buhari assured the gathering that his
administration fully recognized the devastating
consequences of the illegal diversion of public
resources meant for national development into private
bank accounts, and was doing all within its powers to
stop such diversions.
“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,” President
Buhari said.
The President told the Nigerian community he was fully
aware of the expectations of Nigerians who elected him
on the platform of change, integrity, probity and
accountability, and was therefore doing his utmost
best to meet those expectations.
“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,” President Buhari
said.

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