By Olisemeka Obeche
President Buhari in a special write-up entitled; “Corruption threats Nigeria and its
election’’ released in Abuja on Sunday, said more employees would be removed
from government payroll as part of ongoing efforts to sanitize the system.
Buhari, who is currently rounding off his presidential campaign tour of the
country ahead of Saturday’s epic presidential poll, also expressed optimism that
more money could be recovered through the whistle-blower policy as over 370
million dollars , about N134 billion had been returned since its launch in 2016.
“More ghost workers must be removed from government payroll (almost $550
million has been saved from identifying phantom employees),” he said.
“More can be recovered through our whistle-blower policy ($370 million has been
returned since its launch in 2016). More is still to come. But, together, we shall
prevail over corruption.”
The APC presidential candidate, enjoined Nigerians, particularly the electorate to
make a wise choice in the forthcoming presidential election by way of re-electing
the governing All Progressives Congress to sustain and improve on the ongoing
crusade on corruption. He reassured that due process would continue to be
followed in the fight against corruption even though his administration had
changed the way of tackling corruption in the country.
The president added: “A Yoruba proverb states that only the patient one can milk
a lion. Likewise, victory over corruption is difficult, but not impossible. We must
not flounder in our resolve. I know many Nigerians would like to see faster action.
So do I.
“But so too must we follow due process and exercise restraint, ensuring allegation
never takes the place of evidence. For that is not the Nigeria we should wish to
build. There is no doubt that this administration has changed the way we tackle
“The choice before voters is this: Do we continue forward on this testing path
against corruption? Or do revert to the past, resigned to the falsehood that it is
just the-way-things-are-done? Or that it is just too difficult – too pervasive – to
fix? I know which one I would choose. It is why I am asking Nigerians for another
four years to serve them.’’
He also vowed that as Nigerian leader he would continue to judiciously exercise
the trust vested in him to combat the problems of corruption, insecurity and an
The president, however, stated that the fight against corruption would continue
to attract greater attention so as to ensure the success of all other socio-
economic programmes of the government.
“All are important. But amongst them, one stands above the others as both a
cause and aggravator of the rest. It is, of course, corruption. A policy programme
that does not have fighting corruption at its core is destined to fail.
“The battle against graft must be the base on which we secure the country, build
our economy, provide decent infrastructure and educate the next generation,’’ he