Why We Are Slow In Fighting Corruption – President Buhari

By Yahubu Lawal

President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration is slow in fighting corruption because the system is slow.

The president said this when he received the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) community, who paid him Christmas homage, at his official residence on Tuesday in Abuja.

President Buhari, who apparently was reacting to those allegedly accusing his administration of being too slow in tackling the nation’s challenges, including `endemic corruption’ in the society, said: “It’s not Baba (Buhari) that is slow but it is the system.

“So, I am going by this system and I hope we will make it.”

The president announced that he would soon embark on aggressive campaign for the 2019 Presidential election, saying that the campaign will start by visits to each of the six geo-political zones of the country.

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According to him, the three areas of focus with which he campaigned in 2015 are still very relevant today, adding that he will continue to focus on the fight against corruption, tackling insecurity and improving the economy.

“We are watching the Independent National Electoral Commission very seriously and we are going out very soon; we will go from geo-political zone to geo-political zone, to remind the people of our promises in 2015.

“These three fundamental things include security geopolitical because you have to secure the country before you can govern it and geopolitical about what we have done regarding securing the country, the people of the North-east know better.

“The three fundamental things we campaigned with are still very relevant.

“On improving the economy, which we are still going to explore, we have done well in agriculture and those who embraced farming are not regretting it.

“We have also addressed unemployment and, we are very lucky, through that we are now attaining food security.

“The third thing with which we will campaign is the issue of corruption.

“I told you what I did when I was in uniform but now when I have to go by this system (Democracy,) where people have to be arrested and then prosecuted, taken to court and then with evidence.

“We will collect back what they had taken illegally and for doing that, people are calling me Baba go slow.

“I am going slowly but whatever the case, I will not stop pointing fingers at those who have abused trust by taking money that does not belong to them.

“I will keep on trying to do my best for this country and get back what belongs to the country.’’

Earlier, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammed Bello, expressed satisfaction with the achievements of the Buhari administration in the last three and a half years.

The Primate of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Nigeria, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh congratulated the President for overcoming his health challenges.

According to him, the spirit of unity among followers of different religions in the Federal Capital Territory is exemplary and should be replicated in all parts of the country.

He gave assurance that religious leaders across the country would continue to work for harmony to sustain peace in the country.

NAN