Critical Times News : Endemic corruption cost PDP 2015 polls, says Buhari

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Endemic corruption cost PDP 2015 polls, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday stressed that disenchantment of Nigerians with glaring endemic corruption in the country in 2015 swept him into office.

Buhari defeated the government of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headed by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, the first time an incumbent civilian administration lost the polls in Nigeria.

Declaring open the Corruption Risk Training for Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies of the African Union, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Buhari said that the pervasive corruption in the nation before the polls was dysfunctional enough for the voters to make their choice.

According to him,“When we assumed office in May 2015, the pervasive nature and devastating impact of corruption on the Ni­gerian nation had become dysfunctional.

“The momentum for our electoral victory could not be separated from the revolt of the people against glaring endemic corruption.”

The President further declared that “the fight against corruption is a battle for the souls of our different countries and it is one that we must win. Since independence our continent has suffered from the severe consequences of corruption and it is imperative that we take steps to reverse the trend.

“During the past several months, we have been taking steps to institute integrity and transparency in the processes of government and holding those who have plundered our commonwealth to account for their actions.

“However, the costs of recovery and sanctions are also enormous. While commendable successes have been recorded, it has become manifest that corruption fights back. With enormous stolen resources elements have attempted to compromise law enforcing institutions and pervert the course of justice.

“This realization highlights the necessity of building a system that focuses on preventing corruption. We continue to implement policies aimed at building resilient systems that can withstand assault by corrupt of­ficials.”
The President Buhari said that he had not take his appointment as Africa’s Anti-Corrup­tion Champion for 2018 lightly.
“This event offers a good opportunity to encourage the few countries which are yet to ratify the African Union Convention to expedite processes to do so. No efforts can be too much as we seek to rid our societies of the evil of corruption,” he added.

Speaking in an interview, the Acting Chairman of the ICPC, Dr. Usman Abubakar, said that though the TSA has helped to check-mate corruption in the system, there were rooms for manipulation before data was entered into the system, noting that contracts were awarded to individuals but at the point of procurement some ugly things happen.

He said, “We also found out that some agencies are yet to comply fully with the TSA policy. That is why we asked Mr. President to mandate all agencies to make all their payments or revenue through the TSA platform.”

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