Fighting corruption is difficult, President Buhari admits, scores self high, canvasses continuity in govt.
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday described the war against corruption in Nigeria as an arduous task, adding that he had directed security agencies to intensify efforts at prosecuting corrupt persons.
Addressing supporters at an All Progressives Congress (APC) rally in Ado-Ekiti, he reiterated his determination to rid the nation of the menace in line with his campaign promise in 2015.
The president said he was quite conscious of the pledges he made four years ago, particularly the ones that relate to corruption, insecurity and economic diversification.
His words: “We are fighting corruption but it has not been easy. But we told the security agencies to keep a tab on those on our watch list and ensure that no stone is left unturned at ensuring that those who have cases to answer do not escape justice.
“As part of our promises, we are building roads and rail lines.
“I want to be grateful to Ekiti voters because the two times I came here, I achieved successes. I came here in 2014 and I also came here to campaign for (Kayode) Fayemi, who won the governorship election. So, I thank you.”
Buhari submitted that he had not betrayed Nigeria vis-à-vis his assurances to secure the nation, battle graft, diversify the economy and make the country self-sustaining in production.
He urged continuity in government to check policy inconsistency and dislocation.
The nation’s number one citizen pleaded with monarchs in the state to support his re-election bid for sustainable peace in Ekiti and beyond.
The party’s national chairman, Comrade Adam Oshiomole, said Buhari’s main rival and standard-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abukakar, could not be trusted with power.
Its national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Afenifere chieftain, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, and former Osun State governor, Chief Bisi Akande, labeled the Chief Reuben Fasoranti-led faction of the Pan Yoruba organization that endorsed Atiku as fake.
The highpoint of the event was the defection of some PDP state lawmakers, led by the speaker, Ebenezer Alagbada, and other faithful to the ruling party.