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A renowned legal luminary, Professor Muhammed Tabi’u has urged President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to strengthen his war against corruption, so as to ensure probity and accountability in governance.

Professor Tabi’u, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who is an expert on Islamic Law at Bayero University, Kano, gave the advice during a session organized by the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) in Kano, to inspire young people on leadership.

He said there are many honest people in various sectors of government who have not been incorporated into the campaign to ensure accountability in the country.

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“In improving probity in Nigeria, the (federal) government needs to widen the scope of those who are on the side of probity because there is a large number of people for instance in my own area of work, the justice system. You find that there are many honest judges of integrity who against very difficult situation are doing their jobs,”

“But there are feelings out there that they are also being targeted and stigmatized and therefore they are not incorporated on the positive side to put pressure on the others to accept and believe in probity,” he noted.

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However, Professor Tabi’u, who spoke about his life story with the audience, comprising students, activists, teachers and journalists, encouraged young people not to see leadership as a one-man show, but as an avenue that would accommodate everyone and appreciate their contributions.

“People must commit to activities that make impact on the society. Every leader that succeeds must have stakeholders who have contributed to his success as a team,”

In his remarks, Malam Yunusa Zakari Ya’u, executive director of CITAD, maintained that, Professor Tabi’u was invited to develop the mindset of young people on the concept of leadership.

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“We want to shift focus of success from the number of cars you own to the impact you make on the society. Success is not a family inheritance but something you achieve through work hard and determination,”

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