President Muhammmadu Buhari on Thursday declared a national emergency on corruption, saying the ends of justice must not be defeated or compromised by persons involved in a case or complaint of corruption.
The President made this known at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja while signing Executive Order No.6 of 2018 on the Preservation of Assets Connected with Serious Corruption and Other Relevant Offences.
He implored all stakeholders to give effect to the Executive Order saying it’s necessary in order to preserve Nigeria’s political and economic systems as well as the continuous progress of the Nigerian State, saying: “Whilst there are many reasons why Nigeria has been struggling; regrettably, the most unfortunate cause of great disparity between Nigeria’s wealth and its poverty is endemic corruption.
“There is also a very strong link between corruption, peace and security. Unfortunately, corruption is everywhere; at all levels of government, and every stratum of our society. Without doubt, corruption constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the well-being, national security, and economy of Nigeria.”
He said while his administration recognised that there were more grounds to cover in the war against corruption, it was prepared to “go out to possess those lands by cutting off any means that facilitates corruption and supports its growth.”
The president pledged to strengthen government policies and institutions in order to successfully fight corruption.
He expressed satisfaction that the fight against corruption was gaining more momentum among the African States.
“We just returned from the African Anti-Corruption Year event at Nouakchott, Mauritania where all African Heads of State were gathered to promote the anti-corruption message. Nigeria and 39 other African States have ratified the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption. I pledge to elevate the African Union anti-corruption agenda at the next session of the United Nations General Assembly in September.”
He added that he had kept faith with his promise to fight corruption, saying: “Like I have many times said, if Nigeria does not kill corruption, corruption will sooner-or later kill Nigeria. Therefore, after three years in office, it is an opportune time to further review our achievements against set goals, and where necessary; re-appraise our strategy in order to achieve our outstanding objectives.”