Bu Attah Adgidzi, Lafia
The Nasarawa State Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, has called on former public office holders to as matter of necessity, return public assets stolen while in service of the state, failing which the government will go after them to recover the assets.
Abdullahi who stated this on Thursday, while addressing a group, Coalition of Unions Against Corruption in Lafia, said for the present government to get it right, leaders must be checkmated to ensure equal distribution of resources.
The Governor called on Nigerians to have the courage to confront past and present leaders whose wealth is questionable, adding that until Nigerians keep asking questions of the source of their wealth, we will not get it right.
The group had embarked on a rally in support of the fight against corruption and assets recovery in the state and country at large, in commemoration of the AU Conversation Prevention and Combating Corruption in Africa, with the theme; “Towards a common African position on asset recovery.”
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Emmanuel Agwadu Akabe, said the present administration has zero tolerance for corruption.
He said corruption is a malignant cancer which if not properly tackled, would kill the country and stressed the need to support the fight against corruption in the country to redeem the image of the country and it, citizens.
“Those who stole our money and assets should bring them back before we go after them,” he said.
Earlier, the chairman of the group, Mariyam Ibrahim Osuza, said the coalition of the unions is a synergy of like minds from across several associations and pressure groups with the sole objective to mobilise support for the fight against corruption.
According to her, corruption which has assumed the status of a cankerworm has eaten deep into the fabric of our society, and is doing a lot of damage to the country.
Hajiya Mariyam noted that the efforts of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) under Ibrahim Magu, over the years had helped to mitigate the anomaly, as recorded in the numerous successes that has continued to give hope of a sustained campaign of the fight in the country.