I’ll battle corruption, Buhari vows

Buhari INEC

The president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, vowed on Wednesday that his administration would not tolerate corruption.

He spoke after receiving the Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission in Abuja.

Mr. Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, was declared winner of the March 28 presidential election, defeating the incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan, who was the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party.

“Furthermore, we shall strongly battle another form of evil that is even worse than terrorism—the evil of corruption. Corruption attacks and seeks to destroy our national institutions and character. By misdirecting into selfish hands funds intended for the public purpose, corruption distorts the economy and worsens income inequality. It creates a class of unjustly-enriched people,” Mr. Buhari said.

“Such an illegal yet powerful force soon comes to undermine democracy because its conspirators have amassed so much money that they believe they can buy government. We shall end this threat to our economic development and democratic survival. I repeat that corruption will not be tolerated by this administration; and it shall no longer be allowed to stand as if it is a respected monument in this nation.”

The president-elect asked Nigerians to join him in resolving all the challenges Nigeria is confronted with, noting that along the way there would be victories but there may also be setbacks.

Mr. Buhari, who was Nigeria’s military head of state between 1983 and 1985, waged stern war against corruption while his administration lasted. The administration jailed several Second Republic politicians for corruption charges with some of them bagging as 100 years prison terms.

He had assured at a campaign rally in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in January that all corrupt politicians will end up in jail if he was elected into power.

“When we come to power, anyone who steals Nigeria’s money will end up in KiriKiri Maximum Prisons. We are going to make sure that Nigeria’s wealth belongs only to Nigerians,” he said.

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  • CHRISTOPHER AGBO

    I hail you my President, stealing is corruption, I don’t think Kirikiri will be big enough to contain these guys. In fact President Buhari I want you to build a new prison just meant for corrupt politicians. All you corrupt politicians past and present, you will not escape the holy koboko and bulala and the Nigerian people and President Buhari.

    • eddy

      Gbam!!!

  • Fanen Harden

    IT IS VERY POSSIBLE FOR NIGERIA TO BE CURRUPT FREE SO AS BOKO HARAM. I SUPPORT YOU TWO JUST AS I VOTED FOR U GUYS BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN THE TWO OF U, LEGGO THERE. #PROF. AND A GENERAL ON A CAUSE

  • Akiika

    “chei, i no wan go jail oooo” – Mama Stone

  • Africa

    We better starts work on expanding our prison facilities, at least we owe these thieving politicians a little bit of human dignity (basic amenities) for the period they would spend in prison for their crimes against our dear country.

  • fanfinc

    The Peoples general the main reason i supported you right from beginning is corruption please fight those corrupt cabals that hold our beloved country ransom so that everyone of us will respect law of the land and please sir don’t tolerate those with impunity because both rich and poor Nigeria belongs to all of us

  • Chris1408

    Kirikiri won’t be big enough oooooo, maybe lagoon can accommodate them. Turn them into fish meal

    • CHRISTOPHER AGBO

      Gbam! maybe he should even turn the National Stadium into a prison meant for corrupt politicians that will make a dent.

  • SAM .A

    President elect,Buhari you are the chosen one for Nigeria as of this moment, we rejoice at your victory. You have said today that Corruption is an evil worst than Terrorism . As you confront it frontally May The Lord grant you the courage to win both the battle & war on corruption, remember corruption do attempt to fight back . Be steadfast, no double standard ,that is the only weapon that will help you to cleanse Nigeria . We shall be looking at your shinning example Sir. May God bless you, Pastor Osinbajo and all Nigerians as you all savuor this much deserved
    Victory.

  • Baba

    “When we come to power, anyone who steals Nigeria’s money will end up in KiriKiri Maximum Prisons. We are going to make sure that Nigeria’s wealth belongs only to Nigerians,” he said. This is the right thing to do.

  • Comfortkay

    General Buhari oh pardon President Buhari God has sealed your victory and you will have the support of clean Nigerian who are not corrupt but the others am sure they will relocate abroad.

  • Baba

    KMP = KiriKiri Maximum Prisons. Corrupt leaders, did you hear that ?

  • Abdulazeez Oyibo

    Carry on General. We are fully in support.

  • Alan Botens

    If Buhari is to fight corruption, he should start by making a better distinction between those who siphon billions from oil & aid money into personal offshore accounts and those who form disorderly queues.

    He needs to find his own Elliot Ness, some investigator or prosecutor who is impartial when it comes to party, religion, tribe or region, “Untouchable” (incorruptible), and smart enough to get convictions. Ness sent Al Capone to prison, not for his involvement in murder, extortion, bootlegging, gambling, prostitution, etc., but for tax evasion.

  • concerned9ja

    The issue of corruption is a dubbed down thing. Battle against corruption would be effective once the leadership is above board like ceasars wife. As head, he should lead by example. Jonathan missed his first step when he said he did not give a damn about asset declaration. That was the foundation of corruption that rocked his govt. And that was the case the people had against him.

  • Kunle

    Buhari need to create institutions that will fight corruption. It is a disease. He cannot fight it by himself. And EFCC only cannot fight corruption. First, he will need to send bills to the national assembly creating state police forces while making the whole federal police an institution to uphold Nigerian laws (including the fight against corruption) at the federal level. The state police will need to be empower to maintain law and order and to fight corruption with each force having an internal affairs unit to fight corruption within its rank. Moreover, all institutions whether government or private must be tasked to fight corruption. Each ministry, agency or schools or colleges, banks etc will have an inspector general with the sole responsibility to fight corruption. The police will also be given the job of fighting corruption. EFCC can be reformulated to become the federal police while the each state police command become the nucleus of the state police. Since we are under a civilian dispensation and we cannot just arrest people without due process, APC should formulate laws to create an Office of Federal Prosecutor in each state of the federation. These prosecutors will be responsible for prosecuting federal cases within their jurisdiction. Since we’ll need to finally start sending criminals to prison, the prison service will need to be decentralized. The federal government should maintain their prisons and the states are also empowered to maintain state prisons. Yes, let us start building prisons all over the country so that killers and criminals can be put away so that decent and hard working Nigerians can start living again.

  • CHRISTOPHER AGBO

    No corrupt politician will escape the holy bulala of the Nigerian people and Buhari