- President Buhari has vowed to prosecute looters of the national treasury if re-elected
- The president, who disclosed that fighting corruption is difficult, however expressed commitment to ensure that looters are brought to book
- The president made this vow when he was recounting his achievements on economy and security to the Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Abasi Otu
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to drive down the roots all corruption cases to uncover the estimate amounts of money siphoned by past leaders and looters of the national treasury, Independent reports.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the palace of Obong of Calabar, Cross River state, Edidem Ekpo Abasi Otu V, on Wednesday, January 30, the president also promised to bring positive and progressive reformation to the police force and judiciary sector of the country.
Legit.ng notes that President Buhari's promise on judiciary was connected to the alleged rot in the system, which he said was manifested in the ongoing trial of former chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
The president, who noted that fighting corruption and bribery has been one of the most difficult focus points of his administration, however, promised to do his best to ensure that looters are given a far chase from national treasury.
He said: “I thank you very much. I extend my request of understanding and support. I assure you, I am working for the whole country. On bribery and corruption, it’s very difficult under this system but we are doing our best.
“We are trying to get the police and the judiciary to act very quickly on the presentations made in the people who abuse trust, and we are not going to let go. As long as we are here, your Majesty, all those who abuse trust will be taken before the law and we’ll make sure they are finished."
President Buhari also recounted his achievement on economy and security, adding that his administration has made tremendous effort to improve the economy through agriculture.
He added: "Firstly, the security of the country itself, then the economy in terms of employment for all able bodied persons, and then of course fighting corruption.
“We have made progress in all aspects and Nigerians that bother to make research or to watch news or to listen to news know that this administration has lived up to its words. The people in the northeast are the biggest witnesses of our performance, security wise.
“And on the economic front, I think the ordinary workers and farmers are witnesses, because we instructed the ministry of agriculture and youth development and the governor of the Central Bank to make sure that they have extended loans to farmers and the feedback we are getting is very encouraging."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had promised to go after looters, jail them if he was re-elected to government in the 2019 presidential election.
The president made this statement at Lokoja during the presidential campaign rally at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital on Wednesday, January 16.
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