Buhari Vows to Go After Bankers, Lawyers Facilitating Aiding Corruption

  • Buhari vows to go hard on those abetting corruption.
  • Says his administration assessing level of progress made so far.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said his administration will ensure effective asset declaration by public office holders.

The president also stated that he will ensure sanctions by professional bodies against lawyers, bankers, brokers, public officials, and other individuals facilitating corrupt practices.

Speaking at the National Democracy Day Anti-Corruption Summit in Abuja on Tuesday, President Buhari said his administration would also close existing legislative loopholes, facilitate collaboration with the judiciary, and strengthen the criminal justice system for an effective fight against corruption in the country.

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The president who promised comprehensive support and protection for whistleblowers, witnesses and victims of corruption, added that his administration would adopt and formulate the policy of ‘naming and shaming’ all those who engage in corrupt practices.

He also said that his administration would, “educate, mobilise and encourage Nigerians at the grassroots level to take ownership of the fight against corruption; press for a crackdown on safe havens for corrupt assets, abolish of bank secrecy jurisdictions and tax havens on the continent and beyond.”

While reiterating that his administration would continue to insist on the unconditional return of looted assets kept abroad and further strengthening of international cooperation through information and mutual legal assistance, he pledged that government would also continue to strengthen the capacity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-corruption agencies by providing additional material, organisational and logistical support.

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He also pointed that his administration is taking stock of progress made so far in the war against corruption, assessing what needs to be done and devising new strategies to address existing challenges.

He, therefore, reiterated his administration remains committed to the fulfilment of its promises to Nigerians which included security, economic improvement and fight against corruption.

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