Soyinka says corrupt leaders should be jailed

Henrietta Strickland
May 16, 2018

The United Kingdom High Commission in Nigeria has revealed it provided the newly inaugurated head office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission with special IT software to enable it to carry out its anti-graft assignment.

Gowon said he was saddened by reports in the media suggesting that all the country's former Heads of States or Presidents were corrupt, noting that such allegations were denigrating the office.

He further noted that: "the fight against corruption is futile, if proceeds of corruption find safe haven".

"I am not a vengeful person but I think until we ensure that some of our leaders pass through those doors, this struggle against corruption in this country will not be won, will not be over".

The President said under his watch, all Nigerians were now aware that corrupt officials would be held to account, no matter how long it took.

The former leader said although some of his ministers were being accused of corruption, the regime made sure that it did not happen.

Buhari called on the Legislature which provides the legal framework for the anti-corruption war to add more verve to the determination of the government to rid the nation of the brazen corruption witnessed in recent years.

He however maintained that, "we never intended, and we are not engaged in witch-hunts, but we are determined within the laws to call people to account".

"It has become the norm".

Magu said there had never been a more focused and committed team in the ant-corruption anywhere in Africa than the current leadership in Nigeria.

It is for this reason that we appeal to Nigerians to support regulatory agencies like Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, because fighting corruption is everyone's concern.

Buhari boasted that his government has recovered and continues to recover trillions of Naira stolen from Nigerians in the past few years by "people without conscience".

In his remarks, the acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, expressed the hope that the head office building would address the office accommodation challenges facing the commission.

He said the multi-billion building structure had medical facilities to cater for staff and suspects as well as modern detention centres for male and female suspects.

Other notable dignitries at the conference are three former Presidents - General Yakubu Gowon, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa - as well as the Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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