'You Now Know Corrupt People Will Be Held To Account' - Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has again stressed his commitment to going after Nigeria's stolen monies and returning them to the treasury.
The President was at the commissioning of the building of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja on Tuesday.
In his speech he emphasised that the building is another milestone in his administration's determined and collective fight against corruption.
"Throughout my journey in national service and since 2015, I have made a very conscious decision to pursue a vigorous fight against corruption in public life.
"Since 2015, we have made significant progress in the fight against corruption.
"Everyone now knows that corrupt officials will be held to account, no matter how long it takes," he told the gathering.
People Without Conscience
Listing some of the achievements of his administration in the fight against corruption, Buhari said the government has recovered trillions of Naira that were stolen in the past few years by people without conscience.
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"We are pursuing recoveries everywhere and are making sure that anyone who has been found culpable is made to answer for his or her crime under the law."
He further sought the support of the judiciary, which he described as a critical partner in the war against corruption.
"Permit me to also seize this opportunity to call on the Legislature which provides the legal framework for the anti-corruption war to add more verve to the determination of government to rid our nation of the brazen corruption witnessed in recent years, through reviewing archaic provisions in our laws and proactive passage of new legislation.
"Ladies and gentlemen, an American author and philanthropist, Anthony Robbins once said: “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin."
"He was saying, in other words, that if you are determined, no obstacle will be big enough to stand in your way.
"What I see here is not only a structure of concrete and metal, I see in this edifice, the resolve of Nigerians to fight corruption. But structures are not the whole story.
"We must CHANGE our ways of handling public trust.
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"Corruption not only kills governments but destroys societies.
"It is the major reason why we are struggling with basic developmental issues that other comparable nations have long overcome," he further emphasised.
The President also told the gathering that nations are signifying interest to enter into agreements with Nigeria to repatriate not only stolen funds but to make the culprits face the law.