President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, said his administration would not relent in its efforts to eradicate corruption in the country.
He reiterated his position that if corruption is not eradicated, the menace would kill the country.
He explained that Nigeria needs “a corruption-free public sector to achieve transformation”.
Buhari spoke at the second National Summit of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission and the inauguration of the National Ethics and Integrity Policy to mark the commission’s 20th anniversary and Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary.
The theme of the summit is “Together against corruption”.
The President said: “As a military Head of State, I fought corruption headlong and held public officers who abused their office or misused public funds to account.
“Furthermore, I introduced the War Against Indiscipline, one of whose cardinal objectives was promotion of our cherished culture of ethical conduct, integrity and hard work.
“I recognised in 1984 as I do even more now that corruption poses a clear danger to Nigeria, so, we cannot relent in efforts to eradicate it from our society.
“As I have often reminded Nigerians, ‘If we do not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria.’”
Buhari expressed the belief that it is when the three arms and the three levels of government work together that the government will be enabled to serve the country while the positive impact of the efforts will be seen.
“Together as a nation, as a people, the three arms and three tiers of government working together, we can attack corruption and realise the vast potentials of our country,” he said.
Buhari said Nigerians needed to deploy resources to address common needs rather than the greed of a callous few.
He added: “We need a corruption-free public sector to achieve this transformation, we need a judicial system that dispenses justice without undue delay and technicality.
“We need laws and legal system to be reformed to deliver justice to every citizen without regard to status and finally we need ethical re-orientation of the people to achieve this goal.”
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