President Muhammadu Buhari has called on his successor to sustain the fight against corruption, stating that the foundation laid by this administration in the war against graft be sustained by successive governments in the country, as corruption remains an existential threat to the nation.
The President gave the charge on Friday when he met with the management of the Code of Conduct Tribunal led by its Chairman, Danladi Umar, at the state house.
According to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), Buhari is of this view because corruption remains an existential threat to nations.
He described the Code of Conduct Tribunal as “an important tool in our fight against corruption over the last seven years,” adding that such frontline agencies, “which are in the trenches are relied upon to demonstrate that the government means what it says and remains committed against corruption in all its forms.”
The President expressed his desire for a sustained anti-graft war thus: “We hope that the foundation which has been laid by this administration will be carried forward and continued, as the issue of corruption remains an existential threat to all nations.”
President Buhari recognized the sacrifices being made by the Code of Conduct Tribunal and similar agencies “amid very challenging economic and revenue shortages,” and pledged innovative and new models of financing very important agencies and critical work programs.
In his remarks, the Tribunal Chairman, Danladi Umar, commended the Buhari administration for the salutary impact it has made in the area of infrastructural development, agriculture, and provision of social services, among others.
He said the Tribunal was hampered by funding challenges, and poor staffing, and appealed for the intervention of the President.