President Buhari says corruption is even more difficult to fight than insurgency because corrupt Nigerians are very powerful
President Muhammadu Buhari at a town hall meeting in Kano says that he has found fight against corruption more difficult than insecurity. “The power of the corrupt Nigerians is so enormous but we are determined to deal with the situation headlong. This is as been adjudged by what is happening today on ground,” Mr. Buhari who has been on a two days visit to Kano said. According to him, the democratic environment has made fighting corruption more difficult because of the power these corrupt Nigerians possesses. “As Head of State I arrested some corrupt politicians. But shortly after I was arrested after my government been truncated, all the houses that I confiscated were returned back to the owners,” he noted.
“To show our seriousness in this fight today, among those being investigated was a high court judge whose house was searched and several foreign currencies were found and some international passports.” Mr. President noted that the anti-corruption war requires zeal, courage and full determination to succeed which his government has. Regarding the fight against terrorism, he noted that the successes recorded so far are victory for the nation, adding that the fight is heading towards final victory.
“Let me say, while linking the war against insurgency vis a vis the issue of smuggling as being raised, we have a duty to keep sound relationship with our neighbours, a reason why I went to Chad and Cameroon immediately after assuming office.” He also said that the ban on the importation of rice had been so far largely successful and that Nigerian farmers are the greatest beneficiaries.