The fight against corruption in Nigeria by the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration is yielding results.
Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress said this in a press statement signed by it’s Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena.
The APC said the results could be seen in the scale of recoveries of looted funds from corrupt government officials and also in other areas.
“Compared to the past, successful prosecution of many corrupt persons, the hugely-successful whistle-blowing policy and voluntary return of corruptly-acquired funds and assets has shown that it is no longer business as usual and corruption is increasingly becoming unacceptable” the statement reads.
The party advised Nigerians not to let corruption define how they act but to continue to fight it.
“Recently, the media space has been awash with a campaign of calumny against the anti-corruption efforts by the same opposition partisans and their proxies that ruined the country with their institutionalized corruption. This is expected as corruption will naturally fight back.
“Sadly, these thieves have resurfaced to canvass votes of Nigerians for various elective positions, ostensibly to resume their stealing. Nigerians are neither gullible nor stupid. They have not forgotten the yoke they bore under the corrupt Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) regimes and deserve no more of it.
“Public funds that could have improved the education, healthcare sectors and provided infrastructure to develop the economic and social life of Nigerians are sadly in the pockets of these thieves.”
While cautioning Nigerians not sell their votes, the APC called on relevant agencies to track election financing.
“While we alert Nigerians to the plot of some politicians to buy votes and deploy other illegal means to subvert the people’s will during coming elections, we urge relevant agencies to be proactively involved in tracking of election financing. The same people who criminally-diverted public monies to fund their political activities as brazenly displayed during past administrations, must be prevented from doing same in coming elections.
“To conclude, we share the submission of a former United States Vice President, Joe Biden: “Corruption is a cancer; a cancer that eats away at a citizen’s faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity… it wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs,” the statement reads.
The APC added that it wouldn’t relent in its fight against corruption and other related vices.