Buhari, INEC urge tribunal to dismiss Atiku, PDP petition

June 12th, 2019

By Daniel Tyokua

The Economic and Fi­nancial Crimes Com­mission (EFCC) said it has secured one thousand two hundred and four con­victions in five years.

Chairman of the commis­sion, Ibrahim Magu insisted that the horizon on the fight against corruption will be tougher as President Mu­hammadu Buhari start the Next level agenda in full.

Magu disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday, at the Na­tional Democracy Day Anti-corruption summit, with the theme:”Curbing Electoral spending: A panacea to pub­lic corruption”

He stated that EFCC from 2015 to date recorded 1,204 convictions,“The convictions secured by the commission since the beginning of this administration reflect a posi­tive progression. In 2015 the commission secured 103 convictions, 194 in 2016, 189 in 2017 and 312 in 2018. From January 2019 to date the commission has secured over 406 convictions and re­covered several assets worth billions of naira” he said.

The commission chairman boasted that as the second term of Buhari’s administra­tion move fully to the next level of the war against corrup­tion, the arena will certainly get tougher because the anti-graft agency was determined to rid the country of all sorts of corruption for the benefits of the current and future gen­erations.

He said: “Nigeria had a fair share of the unbearable scourge of a chronic elite-capture syndrome; this has primarily been achieved by manipulating the electoral processes using stolen public wealth to subvert the wishes of the people.

“Electoral spending by poli­ticians is often linked to voter inducement in Africa and in our local parlance, votes buy­ing, worthy of note is the fact that whenever one is induced to sell his vote, he automatical­ly loses the moral equilibrium to challenge corrupt tenden­cies of those elected.”

However, President Mu­hammadu Buhari sought for strategic continental partner­ship and global alliance to successfully defeat corrup­tion and corrupt practices in Africa.

He said for the continent to consolidate true democ­racy and good governance, it must check the uncontrolled electoral spending and voter inducement.

Buhari urged the law en­forcement agencies and the judiciary in the country, and across Africa to tackle finan­cial corruption and corrupt practices with all sense of se­riousness.

He said if corruption is al­lowed to eat deep in the coun­try’s system it will destroy the entire society as well as Africa.

The president said: “So many resources have been lost to corrupt acts, which ought to be used for the provision of infrastructure.”

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