Buhari arrives new EFCC headquarters

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President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in the new office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, where he is expected to formally inaugurate the office in Abuja.

"African countries must come together to keep the issue of asset recovery and return on the front burner of global discuss".

Buhari noted that throughout his journey in national service and since 2015, he had made a very conscious decision to pursue a vigorous fight against corruption in public life.

It is not for alone that is why I am saying Nigerians must take ownership of the fight because you can not leave it [alone] to the anti-corruption agencies. I call on the Judiciary and the National Assembly to join hands in this national effort.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said his government will not rest until it hunts down conscienceless looters of the nation's treasury.

As if the President's renewed sermon on anti-corruption is to prepare the road to 2019, the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has dismissed threats by members of the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) to exit the APC.

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 said his administration had recovered and was still recovering trillions of naira that were stolen in the past few years "by people without conscience".

"We are pursuing recoveries everywhere and are making sure that anyone who has been found culpable is made to answer for his or her crime under the law". "That is why we must fight this attitude and encourage Nigerians to change their attitudes and perspectives".

He said the federal government on its part was committed to working with the nation's foreign friends to stop the inflow of stolen funds from Nigeria into their countries and recovering what was there already.

In the same vein, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, admitted that although Buhari is globally acclaimed to corruption-free, he is not the only one free of corruption in Nigeria.

The president said in spite of that experience, his "objective of fighting corruption remained steadfast". There are millions of Nigerians who have not bent their knees to the god of corruption, that fact I must emphasize.

In his address, the acting EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, said under his watch, the commission has recorded 486 convictions, in the last two and half years.

The Commonwealth scribe, who stated this at the ongoing 8th Commonwealth Conference of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa, with the theme, "Partnering Towards Assets Recovery and Return" also noted that this recovery surpassed the recoveries made in the past 10 years.

Mr Magu added that the commission has also recovered N500 billion, explaining that all monies recovered for the federal government were "duly remitted" into the federation account and those for individuals were given back to them.