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Presidency Reacts To Daily Trust Editorial, Says Probe Into Efcc Affairs No Proof Of Rising Corruption

By The Nigerian Voice

The presidency has again come out strongly to counter the narrative that the probe into affairs of the Economic and Financial Crimes underscores the Commission that corruption has festered under the administration of Muhammadu Buhari.

Senior Presidential Media aide, Garba Shehu said in a statement that on the contrary, the probe was a clear proof that corruption “is no longer tolerated” in Nigeria.

He was reacting to Daily Trust Sunday editorial, which pointed to the development as indicative of compounding corruption environment in Nigeria.

For Shehu, “The President's commitment to fighting corruption cannot be seen more strongly than through investigations underway into the affairs of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

“That such an investigation is occurring at all is demonstrative proof that no-one – no matter of their position in public life – can any more believe they can break the law and not pay the penalty.”

The presidential aide disagreed with the newspaper, saying “It is not proof that corruption is increasing or not being brought under control. Quite the opposite: it is precise proof that corruption is no longer tolerated.”

In the statement made available on Monday, which titled: “Daily Trust Sunday Editorial And Its Awkward Conclusions”, Shehu writes,

“The Daily Trust is right: it is important for those seeking power to set priorities –and once in office stick to delivering them.

“The key themes of an election campaign are not the same as the priorities that are then set, nor policies that are required to be developed and implemented, when a party and president are in elected office.

“Those depend on many factors: the true state of the treasury when they arrive and the capacity of the supporting infrastructure along with the tools required to deliver on the elected government's agenda.

In addition, the nature of events means that no government elected for two terms could possibly justify continuing only to deliver the agenda it set in the first election campaign that brought it to office some five years previously. The society is dynamic and so is Governance.

“All of these factors, and the fact that governments must renew themselves and their ideas whilst in office mean the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is right to set an enhanced series of objectives for the coming years.

“This does not mean that the initial three priorities which led to the historic changing of power through the ballot box from an incumbent to the opposition for the very first time in 2015 are in any way abandoned. They are not. Those three priorities are themes which can easily be mapped to the 9 priorities.

The President's commitment to fighting corruption cannot be seen more strongly than through investigations underway into the affairs of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

That such an investigation is occurring at all is demonstrative proof that no-one – no matter of their position in public life – can any more believe they can break the law and not pay the penalty.

It is not proof that corruption is increasing or not being brought under control. Quite the opposite: it is precise proof that corruption is no longer tolerated.

The fight against Boko Haram continues and will do so until they are fully and completely defeated.

The fact the terrorists increasingly flee from direct conflict with the military, and instead focus their ever-decreasing capacities on the civilian population may, tragically, drive news headlines by this and other newspapers: but it is also proof they are severely and irreversibly retreating.

“And the economic revival of Nigeria, whilst set back in our country by coronavirus – just as is the case worldwide – requires more than will. It requires plans to implement. After the economic shock coronavirus has brought not just to Nigeria but to potential overseas investors, it is time indeed for an updated and enhanced plan.

“It is these nine points that will deliver on the president's and government's priorities in the remainder of their time in office. Perhaps for ease of understanding imagine the 3 priorities as the top of a mountain and the priorities as the pathways to reaching the summit.

“This is, and remains, CHANGE administration, and one that is achieving its own renewal in office.”

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Chuma Anierobi | 9/1/2020 1:10:00 PM
These liars will never give up..
Lal Ibru Matthew | 9/2/2020 3:29:00 AM
With all due respect to the readers, The Nigerian Voice and President Trump, It is no secret to Nigerian public, rest of the world including the White House, Congress and the world bodies that we have known Presidents Buhari, Jonathan and OBJ, their cabals, their perpectual pathological daily lies, emails, texts and phone calls since over teo decades to conduct their daiky extortions to pay for the Nigeria's repeat, mutiple, taxes, fees and also to pay for the daily Niara value manipulations. The very last extortion was conducted by President Buhari, Zainab Ahmed, Emifile, Lawan and Gbaja, collectively called the id**tic morons was on Thursday, August 20th 2020 after guraneeing our payments in eight hrs and we are still waiting for the payment.which the extortion was irginally started by President OBJ and his cabals. Since over two decades of our weekly petitions to the White House, Congress, World Bank, IMF, U N, WTO and other world bodies has transformed Africa to the stone age especially Nigeia with no investors, no development, no jobs and no hope. Nigeria is transformed today is the poverest, most corrupted, isolated and dangerous country, the facts. Well, if the furious reader wanted to read little further about what ee are talking about the lies and the mere propaganda by the 7th grader Almagiri Buhari and the clown Garba Shehu, then google me under "Lal Ibru Matthew" and read the petition to President Trump in Legit.ng about Nigeria's ongoing extortion and also read all my commends on various articles and images in the same page by PM News, The Source Magazine, This day, Guardian Nigeria and others. Hence, we are here ask President Trump again to work with A G Bill Barr to issue the arrest warrants for President Buhari, V P Isinbajo, Zainab Ahmed, Emifile, Lawan Gbaja and all their predecessors those including Jonathan, Dame Patience, Sambo, TY Danjuma, Plus Anyium, Sanusi, Iweala, Akin Adesina, David Mark, Tambuwal , Ken Nnamani, Massari, Atiku, OBJ and many others those collectively called the the official Hushpuppies or Yahoo Yahoo boys and the treasury looters of Nigeria under the charges of intentional lies, emails, texts and phone calls to extort, wire fraud, fund diversions, racketeering and other many many violations. You can run but you can't hide, right OBJ, Jonathan and Buhari? Enough is enough of this Nigerian B S. Lal Ibru Matthew, Kruxland Petroleum Texas.