Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential aspirant states that he will fight against all corrupt practices and abuse of public offices if he becomes the President.
Buhari stresses that there is a clear linkage between the billions of naira lost to corruption and the poor living conditions of people.
Before the APC primaries victory Buhari said: "I am not a rich person, I can't give you a pocketful of dollars or naira to purchase your support. I want a Nigeria ... where corruption no longer trespasses into our institutions and national behavior."
By the way, many people thought that money is the touchy subject of GMB and he will not win without a big purse.
The presidential candidate has expressed his recent anticorruption intention in a statement announced by the Director of Communication of Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr Dele Alake.
Muhammadu Buhari who was 2003 presidential candidate says that his vision of governance was to make Nigeria a country where the public and private sectors will collaborate to create zero tolerance for sharp practices in the running of government business.
He says: “There is a clear linkage between the billions of naira lost to corruption and the poor living conditions of our people: it is the resources meant for the development of our people that are diverted to service the greed of a few. It is the fear of the unknown in a country where both family and government social welfare have collapsed that fuels the avarice of those in offices to steal for generations unborn.”
As men who fear God, Buhari urges to live our lives according to His admonitions saying:
“As Christians go and return from Churches, as Muslims and men of other faiths observe their spiritual obligations, we believe our individual commitment to serve our creator will inspire us to shun corruption.We say this fully conscious of the need to strengthen these spiritual values by creating a system that cares for the poor and the downtrodden; a system that gives jobs to the unemployed; provides electricity so that the artisans and the middle class can be productive and expands infrastructures to enable the corporate sector reduce cost of operations.”
Following the spirit of war against corruption Buhari demands the release of the audit report of the missing $20 billion. He noted that he could understand why his opponents are running from pillar to post digging graves in search of rumours in the impossible hope of misinforming unsuspecting voters and spinning a web of blackmail and deceit. Buhari added that only the guilty will be afraid.
Buhari says that the opposition party had already declared war against corruption which aims to achieve food security, provide accelerated power supply, integrate the country’s transport network, promote free education and provide affordable health care service.
“What we bring to the table is not just these ideas. What we offer Nigerians is that we shall, day and night, 24 hours per day, seven days a week, stake our integrity as men of discipline and transparency to make life better for the average Nigerian by executing these policies in the shortest possible time.”
But there are also those who don't belive to Buhari. For example, The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Gender Coalition Initiative, Mr Tony Nwokocha says that Buhari can not end corruption in Nigeria if he is elected President.
According to Nwokocha, corruption has always been a part of Nigeria’s history and will require the collective efforts of all Nigerians to eradicate it.
“It is not true that Buhari can come to power today and then corruption will stop. I still believe that corruption has been in our system for a long time, even at the time of Buhari; and this corruption has been growing wings till today. I believe that corruption still has wings to grow more if all Nigerians do not come together to fight it”.
Buhari has growing appeal among an intellectual class in whose minds he has taken on almost messianic qualities as the man who can save Nigeria.