The war against corruption is tough but we will fight on – President Buhari
The Federal Government of Nigeria has called on its citizens not to be disappointed by the recent setbacks experienced in the fight against corruption and promises that the serial unpleasant results of corruption cases recorded at the high court level would not stop the anti-graft war.
The Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, promised in a statement released in Abuja, on Tuesday, April 11, that the government has appealed against all the negative outcomes and will radically fights its cases at the level of the Court of Appeal. He also revealed that all the judgments are being under serious review, in order to determine whether there were ”errors on our part or whether the government is a victim of mischief”.
”The war against corruption is going to be long, tough and arduous, but this administration is equipped, physically, mentally and intellectually, for the long haul. We must win this war because the law is our side, the people are on our side and God is on our side. This is only the beginning, so any setback will not deter or discourage us” he said.
He begged Nigerians to not stop identifing with what he called a titanic struggle, stating:
”This is not Buhari’s war. It is Nigeria’s war of liberation from poverty, misery, sickness and wretchedness.”
The Minister also said Nigeria cannot continue with unnecessary technicalities as far as the fight against corruption is concerned.
Lai Mohammed said: ”Nigerians will appreciate more the grave and dire consequences of corruption when they consider that the $9.2 million found in a village house in Southern Kaduna can finance the construction of one health centre in each of the 774 local governments in Nigeria and fund them for one year.
“Against this background, one can therefore imagine what Nigeria could have achieved with the $20 billion that was estimated to have been looted in the last 3 years of the immediate past administration, either in the areas of job creation or infrastructural development.
“The government is therefore more determined than ever to recover as much of this plundered funds as possible and use them to put our youths back to work, fix our roads and other infrastructure, equip our hospitals and universities and invest in electricity in order to bring our industries back to life and bring back some level of comfort to our homes and offices.”