By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday x-rayed his administration’s performance in the fight against corruption, saying his government has strengthened the Institutions for tackling corruption.
This, he said has also cultivated international support, which aided the repatriation of huge sums of money illegally kept outside the country.
According to him, “One of the areas where we have made significant progress is in the eradication of deeply entrenched corruption that permeates all facets of our national development. The increasing number of prosecutions and convictions, with associated refunds of large sums of money is still ongoing. Adding that his administration would continue to block opportunities that encourage corrupt practices”.
Buhari gave the assessment in his October 1st address marking the 62nd Independence Day anniversary celebration.
The President who recalled that he pledged to Improve the economy, tackle corruption and fight Insecurity in the beginning of his administration, stressed that this further strengthened his commitment to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years as the central plank of his second term in 2019.
Buhari who noted that he never underated the challenges ahead at the inception of his administration said:
“Mindful of the task before us, we took some time in settling down and we re-positioned the Economy by providing strategic interventions in core areas at both the Federal and Sub-National levels.
“In order to address Insecurity, we worked methodically in reducing Insurgency in the North East, Militancy in the Niger Delta, Ethnic and Religious Tensions in some sections of Nigeria along with other problems threatening our country.
“Our efforts in re-setting the economy manifested in Nigeria exiting two economic recessions by the very practical and realistic monetary and fiscal measures to ensure effective public financial management. In addition, the effective implementation of the Treasury Single Account and cutting down on the cost of governance also facilitated early exits from recessions.
“At the inception of this administration in 2015, I provided the funding requirements of the security agencies which was also improved in my second tenure in 2019 to enable them to surmount security challenges. We will continue on this path until our efforts yield the desired results.