President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, September 9, said that fighting corruption in Nigeria had become very sophisticated and difficult, saying the war against corruption has not been easy for him since he became a democratically elected President six years ago.
President Buhari made the disclosure while speaking at a town hall meeting with Southeast leaders in Owerri during his one-day official visit to Imo state .
Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesman, quoted the president as saying nobody can accuse him of having companies or mansions anywhere in the country.
According to Buhari, he tried to keep himself as clean as possible, so that he cannot be taken hostage.
President Muhammadu Buhari who is left with just less than two years off his second term said if citizens feel secured, they would mind their own business.
While noting that he would do all in his power to see that hardworking Nigerians succeed in their endeavours, the president said he would continue to strive to leave a lasting legacy of integrity and accountability in the system.
President Muhammadu Buhari, also noted that he wants to be remembered as the president who stabilised Nigeria in the area of security, economic prosperity, and triumphs over corruption.
Earlier, the president renewed his commitment towards fighting corruption in the country, vowing to institute probes into the past, present corruption cases..
The Nigerian leader made this known against the backdrop of ongoing investigation into some government agencies including the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
President Muhammadu Buhari lamented how public positions have been grossly abused by people in the positions of trust, said a lot of funds looted by the past administrations have been recovered while the government also introduced the single treasury account to curb mismanagement of public funds.
The president noted that compared to what he inherited in 2015, his government has been exercising strategies that proved successful in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents and bandits.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has denied a report in which he was quoted to have said that stealing is done quietly under the current government.
In the interview published by Daily Trust, the honourable minister was quoted to have said that people are still stealing money from the government purse – but, the stealing is now being done quietly and silently.
The statement from the minister generated controversies, given the fact that the Muhammadu Buhari administration came to power on the mantra of change. In fact, the administration boldly promised to eradicate corruption from Nigeria.
Amaechi, in saying this, was actually trying to explain that the era in which some people suddenly become wealthy and flaunt it without any fear has passed because they would be prosecuted by the current administration.