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Perm Sec Rallies Support For Fight Against Corruption


By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

The Permanent Secretary, State House, Mr Jalal Arabi has called on all Nigerians especially the professionals to give credence to President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort to rid the country of corruption adding that it’s the greatest legacy to bequeath the younger generation.

Arabi gave the advice on Friday, while speaking to State House Correspondents, soon after his investiture as a fellow and Patron of the Association of Professional Bodies in Nigeria.

He said the goals of the body, which had to do with forensic investigation by professionals in various fields of endeavor, endeared him to the association.

The permanent Secretary noted that the intension of the institute was to have a congregation of all well-meaning professionals in the country that care about the sustainable development of the nation.

He said, “of course, from the name, forensic and investigative professionals, you will agree with me that it is all encompassing when you compare the wider sphere of influence on our development.

“It will be pleasing to any citizen of the country to appreciate that there is a way to be followed, to contribute to the sustainable development of this nation and without any incubation. You will believe that that is what the President of this nation stands for.

“I often tell people that care to listen, that my generation, looking deeply and inward, will have nothing to compete for than to ensure that they bestow a legacy for generations to come. The only way we can do that is to appreciate that if there were mistakes in the past then we take the lessons from those mistakes and make sure that we now lay a solid foundation for the upcoming generations to know that of course there are good reasons for them to live positive, patriotic and conscientious lives.”

According to Arabi, “President Buhari has always said, what he is doing is not for him but for those that are coming after him because he has seen it all. He has never hidden the fact that the system has done everything for him, thus making him so lucky and fortunate.

 

He noted that the fight against corruption, infrastructure development and job creation embarked upon by President Buhari administration is geared towards a better and just society.

Arabi implored all Nigerians not to be greedy or selfish but try to see beyond the present.

The Permanent Secretary also urged all caliber of professionals to contribute their quota towards fighting corruption assuring that the Buhari administration would support the Institute of Forensic and Investigative Auditors in the country to make it function as any other legal institute as a means of strengthening the fight against corruption in the country.

“In the legal profession, in the medical profession, in accounting and other humanities, there are segments of their calling that have to do with forensic and investigative aspects of the profession in order to attain results.

“It is project that the association feels if all hands are on deck, to make it succeed, our country will be the better for it,” he said.

Lending his support for the establishment of the proposed Institute of Forensic Professionals, he said: “Imagine a situation whereby there is an institute that saddles itself with the responsibility of going against corruption and related vices that retard the development of a nation, you can’t be at fault for it.

“Those were the qualities that I saw in their promoting the project form the onset, that made me to listen more and engage, so that we can appreciate where they are heading to.”

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