- President Buhari's government has been commended over its fight against corruption
- The commendation was made by the former chairman of EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, on Monday, November 4
- Ribadu said that Buhari's emergence as minister of petroleum resources has blocked overnight oil billionaire in Nigeria
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has been commended for its efforts to rid the country of corruption and corrupt practices among the public servants.
The Cable reports that the commendation was made by the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu.
Legit.ng gathered that the former EFCC boss said that no one has become an overnight oil billionaire since President Buhari became minister of petroleum.
It would be recalled that the former governor of Bayelsa state, Timipre Sylva, is the minister of state for petroleum resources while the president is the senior minister.
Ribadu said this while making a presentation on anti-corruption and good governance at a two-day retreat for commissioner-designates, special assistants, and permanent secretaries, on Monday, November 4, in Gombe state.
He said corruption has been curbed in the petroleum sector by the Buhari administration.
He asked the officials to make a vow not to steal public funds, adding that corruption needs to be curbed at all levels.
“Make a personal vow not to steal public funds. You can’t stop corruption in the police when the civil service is still corrupt. Stop corruption and see what will happen in the society."
“Corruption erodes trust in leadership. A leader with soiled hands has no moral right to question his subordinates. For you, all this is, is a stepping stone. You must not fall for the banana peel thereby denting yourself. EFCC, NFIU are capable and they can see you.
“They have the infrastructure to track every single penny stolen from the government. Things have changed, and the world has changed, so let us also change," he said.
He added that since Buhari took over as the minister of petroleum, "I have not seen people become billionaires from oil business because there is a leader who is not corrupt.”
In his presentation, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha asked the state government to work closely with traditional institutions to ensure the safety of citizens in the communities.
He said: “Let me urge the government of Gombe state to work closely with traditional institutions for the purpose of entrenching the policies of the federal government in the area of community policing. We must return to it if we have the desire to protect our communities.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former director for legal services at Nigeria’s petroleum ministry, Grace Taiga, was remanded in Suleja prison.
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