President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday reiterated his determination to continue the fight against corruption, saying the fight against the vice “is a struggle for nation building and the future generations.”
Speaking at the 49th annual conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, in Abuja, the president said the federal government had recognised the damaging effect of corruption on the economy and was doing everything to address the issue.
Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said “corruption and impunity grow when accountability is disregarded and people get away with all manner of questionable things and accountants are unable to check them.”
He said: “I urge you now to always see corruption in its true color as a gross violation of human right. For the majority of our people, the millions that are in hardship, the sick, the helpless, corruption is the major reason why they cannot go to school, why we have few equipments and doctors in our hospital. Corruption diverts public resources thereby causes much suffering, deprivation and unnecessary death in the country.”
“If we do not slay corruption with the passion it deserves, we will not get the result that we need. On our path, we will continue to provide the desired leadership and I am certain and optimistic that the glorious day we all long for will not be long in coming. Corruption, our greatest enemy will certainly fight back, but we must continue to fight to effect a change to our value system.”