The fight against corruption is on course and will not spare anyone implicated in corrupt practices, the Federal Government has assured.
Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said the investigation of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, shows that the federal government is taking the fight against corruption seriously.
He also noted that President Muhammadu Buhari will not resign over the alleged cases of corruption in the NDDC, Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, and the EFCC.
Mohammed described the call for the president’s resignation as infantile while addressing a press conference in Abuja. He also criticised the Peoples Democratic Party, and others for celebrating over the alleged cases of corruption in some Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, stressing that those thinking that the anti-corruption war is dying are engaging in wishful thinking.
“Let me state here and now that the fight against corruption, a cardinal programme of this administration, is alive and well. Anyone who disagrees that the anti-corruption fight is alive and well is free to dare us.
“You are all aware, Nigerians have recently been inundated with allegations of monumental corruption in a number of government agencies, including the NDDC, NSITF and the anti-corruption agency, EFCC.
The minister noted that the revelations, especially the investigation of the nation’s anti-corruption czar, have shown that the administration is not ready to sweep any allegation of corruption under the carpet.
He said the revelations have equally shown that there is no sacred cow in the fight against corruption by the government. “Unlike the PDP, we will not cover up for anyone including members of our party and government who faces corruption allegations. Our fight against corruption is blind to party affiliation, position in government and any other consideration.
“If the nation’s anti-corruption czar can be investigated, then the fight against corruption cannot be deemed to be fake neither can it be said to be waning,” he argued.
Mohammed noted that corruption allegations in some of the agencies predated the administration but they came to public knowledge because of the seriousness and speed with which government is handling the cases.
He reiterated that the present administration’s fight against corruption was as strong as ever, with records of over 1,400 convictions, including recovered funds in excess of N800 billion including putting in place enduring institutional reforms that will deter acts of corruption.