Anti-graft war not waning despite NDDC, EFCC revelations – FG – Punch Newspapers

Anti-graft war not waning despite NDDC, EFCC revelations – FG – Punch Newspapers

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Federal Government, on Tuesday, said the present regime’s anti-corruption fight was not waning, but alive and well despite allegations of corrupt practices at the Niger Delta Development Commission, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this at a press conference in Abuja.

Mohammed asked those holding the view that the anti-graft war was waning because of the revelations, especially leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, to dare the law and bear the consequences.

He also reiterated the Presidency’s earlier position that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), would not resign as demanded by the PDP.

The minister said, “As you are all aware, Nigerians have recently been inundated with allegations of monumental corruption in a number of government agencies, including the NDDC, the NSITF and the anti-corruption agency, the EFCC.

“Many, especially naysayers, have misinterpreted these developments as a sign that the administration’s fight against corruption is waning. In fact, the main opposition, the PDP, has latched onto the developments to call for the resignation of Mr President, a call that is nothing but infantile!

“Let me state here and now that the fight against corruption, a cardinal programme of this administration, is alive and well.

“President Muhammadu Buhari, the African Union’s anti-corruption champion, who also has an impeccable reputation globally, remains the driver of the fight and no one, not the least the PDP, under whose watch Nigeria was looted dry, can taint his image or reverse the gains of the fight.

“Anyone who disagrees that the anti-corruption fight is alive and well is free to dare us.”

Mohammed said what the revelations of the past few weeks, especially the investigation of the suspended Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, had shown was that the present regime was not ready to sweep any allegation of corruption under the carpet and that there was no sacred cow in this fight.

While refusing to go into details of the various corruption allegations because they were all still under investigation, the minister, however, said those of the NDDC were not new.

The minister said if such attention had been paid to the running of the NDDC by previous administrations, the commission would probably have avoided its present predicament.

He said the current regime had recovered looted funds in excess of N800bn and had recorded over 1,400 convictions.

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