Anti-corruption: Buhari will step on big toes, will offend many — Aide

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has said that the administration’s ongoing anti-corruption campaign is bound to offend many as big toes will be stepped on.

Mr. Shehu, who made the statement on Friday in Kaduna at the ongoing 3-day Retreat for State House Correspondents, said personal interests would also be cast aside to achieve positive results in the campaign.

He said the role of the media was critical to winning the war against corruption in the country.

“President Buhari has embarked on an anti-corruption campaign that is bound to offend many. Big toes will be stepped on; personal interests will be cast aside.

“As the popular saying goes, when you fight corruption, corruption fights back. Yes, anti-corruption is a war. And the press can help President Muhammadu Buhari to win that war.

“You are one of the government’s most lethal weapons in this battle against the forces that aim to pull down Nigeria.

“The power of the media, if they have any power at all, lies in their ability to expose wrong-doing.

“This power of exposure is a far more effective deterrent in many countries, including our own, than the court systems that deliver judgment and not necessarily justice.

“If they know that that they will be exposed, many crimes will not happen and herein lies the challenge of the media under Buhari’s administration.

“Use your power to expose wrong-doing, the days of impunity are gone. This is the best way to help the Change, now that we have a government with the will and capacity to right all wrongs.’’

While thanking the media for the role it played in igniting the Change agenda that brought Mr. Buhari to power in the March 2015 presidential election, Mr. Shehu noted that the CHANGE agenda was just beginning.

According to him, the Buhari administration requires the assistance of the media to continue that process of Change.

He said already Mr. Buhari had embarked on the building of a new Nigeria, “and we need all hands on deck. We cannot do it without the media.

“The government needs you, the press, to keep the public informed on its many activities and policies that are geared towards improving the lives of the Nigerian people according to the CHANGE agenda.’’

The SSA stressed the need for the media to remain impartial and eschew spurious incentives when reporting and carrying out its responsibilities.

He said that the government needed the Press to avoid partnerships with enemies of progress, who were bent on bringing down the government.

In his remarks, Gov. Nasir el-Rufai, challenged the media on the need to ensure the success of the anti-corruption war of President Buhari’s administration.

He said that it was up to the media to make the Change agenda succeed or fail.

“The job is not done. It is just beginning. If you fight corruption, it will fight back. And you are the tools the government will use to fight corruption,’’ he added.

(NAN)


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  • Millenium Law Offices

    Dear President Buhari,

    • Why have you run away from telling the public how Raji Fashola and
    Rotimi Amaechi qualified as Ministers under any anti-corruption standard
    you yourself announced?

    • Is Raji Fashola not known to you since September 3rd as an accused
    criminal under investigation by the ICPC for stealing?

    • Is Rotimi Amaechi not known to since September 3rd as an accused
    criminal under investigation by the ICPC for stealing?

    • Have you sought and received legal advice that you are violating
    the United Nations Convention Against Corruption by your corrupt
    appointments of Raji Fashola and Rotimi Amaechi; and if not why not,
    and if yes, where is the redress Nigeria is entitled?

    • News-Hour

      “The Independent Corrupt Practices and
      other related offences Commission has set up a task force to probe eight (8)
      former governors. It was learnt that top operatives of the commission working
      in the task force had been dispatched to the states to carry out the probe of
      the affected former governors. A top operative of the commission said that the
      former governors are Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State; Chief Rotimi Amaechi
      of Rivers, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema of Katsina and Sullivan Chime of Enugu State.
      The source said that the other four are on the waiting list. The former
      governors on the waiting list, according to the source are, Mr. Raji Fashola of
      Lagos State, Godswiil Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State
      and Alhaji Sule Lamido of Jigawa State.”

      ………………….PUNCH NEWSPAPER

      (September 3rd, 2015)

    • Alkalimam

      …..AND THIS IS ALL WE KNOW:

      • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
      • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable expense”
      by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
      • ₦20billion was paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons un-known,
      • ₦3.086billion was paid out in cash by Sanusi Lamido as expense ostensibly to promote
      Central Bank image,
      • ₦160billion was paid out for Central Bank on self-determined activities,
      • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido,
      • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered as paid to a non-operating airline for charter
      service,
      • ₦1.12billion was claimed as spent by Sanusi Lamido on luncheon for CBN police guards
      in one year.

      • Simple!

        • Arrest Raji Fashola for investigation to verify Lagos state’s cash
        revenue of 2.42 TRILLION NAIRA he orally claimed to have spent;
        and on top of it, incurred another 512 billion Naira as debt overhang
        on Lagos state, without the required physical evidence of that 2.42
        TRILLION NAIRA claimed expenditure to warrant this whopping debt.

        • Arraign Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on the basis of the audit done by the
        statutory FINANCIAL REPORTING COUNCIL evidencing the theft of
        an estimated ₦1.2 TRILLION at the Central Bank of Nigeria.

        • Arraign ex-president Goodluck Jonathan and his proxy – Jide Omokore –
        for prosecution on criminal negligence, conspiracy and theft over the
        incredible $4.5 billion dollars found in Jide Omokore’s pocket.

        • Reason-ability

          All you need to do is to go to the Lagos State Accountant General’s office and ask for the Budget of Lagos State and Expenditure (Accounts) for the past 10 years at least then you will know how he made the money and spent it. I am not worried one bit about Fashola because I have the roads and bridges and LAMATA and more roads and more bridges and light railway and parks and gardens to in Lagos to see and understand where all the money went to. Honestly, you cannot keep shouting about this, if you have details of Fashola’s corrupt enrichment please bring it out. Or are you saying that all the roads and bridges did not cost money?

  • TOPE

    Waec 2015 held results has been released by Waec, I went to the Internet to check out the result, the result truly was released, but there was serious problem on the result, my chemistry was cancelled, English was E8,I called some of my friends who their results has also been released and they complain about the same thing, what am I going to do now I have already gain admission and I need my result for clearance. I decided to browse the Internet to see if there is any link, then I came across a comment about Mr Austin how he has helped many people release and upgrade their waec result, I picked the number and I called him I told him all the problems an he told me why the result was like that, I sent him my exam details, I did all what he asked me to do, he told me to give him some time to work on it, surprisingly he called me yesterday and told me to recheck the result which I did, to my surprise he has helped me upgrade the English and my chemistry which was cancelled, was released. All thanks to Mr Austin for helping me to upgrade and release my waec result if you are having the same problem you can call him on 08147291499 I will be greedy if I don’t share it with you

    • tundemash

      Mor0n , why didn’t u include he account number of that waec rogue Mr. Austin here or is he doing it free ? May the law catch up with you and others with “arrangee” results.

    • True Nigerian

      This is Nigeria’s sickness on display. Your comment is a great advertisement of Nigeria’s rotten state.

    • Andrew Olayinka

      In short both you and Mr.Austin are crooks and fraudulent. How on earth can someone change your WAEC results via online hacking if not by hacking into the system and wuruwuru and magomago means. In this time of change from the old ways of rampant impunity we still have our youths degrading the country by all fraudulent methods. Shame on you and Mr. Austin for cheating in order to get unjustified admission to university. No wonder no Nigerian university is among the best 100 universities in Africa. My country what has happened to this ‘me’ generation always looking for the easy way out. The authorities must deal with this revelation forthwith.

  • SAM .A

    Me , I can’T wait to see those big toes not only stepped on for the first time , but also bruised.

  • Olu from South Africa

    “the administration’s ongoing anti-corruption campaign is bound to offend many as big toes will be stepped on” what is big toe or small toe? A criminal is a criminal. Where there is no laws there is no sins. But there is law in Nigeria! Let the law rules.

  • favourtalk

    I believe PMB is capable to the task, many nigerians are very happy so far with the steps taken by the administration. We shall recover all our loots from the thieves under GEJ and himself