Sunday Ode, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari said Monday that the zeal of his administration in fighting corruption in the country was informed by the need to secure the larger interest of the common man in the street.
Accordingly, he vowed that even if he was hated by some people for standing firm against the menace of corruption, he would not chicken out as that would amount to disservice to the generality of Nigerians. President Buhari gave this commitment in a statement he issued to commemorate the
The statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu quoted Buhari as stressing that fighting corruption was a task that must be done in order to protect the larger interests of the ordinary Nigerians who were the worst victims of diseases, poverty, malnutrition and other afflictions.
He said surrendering to corruption is not an option because it destroys society and progress of nations, the statement noted. According to President Buhari, “Even if some people hate you for fighting corruption, you should not chicken out from the task as a leader because doing so is a betrayal of public trust.”
In the Sallah message, Buhari also urged Nigerians to rise above personal, group, sectarian and other interests, and promote harmony and tolerance in dealing with one another at all times.
The President urged all Muslims to use the occasion for sober reflection and self-examination, and strive to be good ambassadors of their religion by upholding high moral values Shehu in the statement said he reminded Muslims that this felicitous occasion of Eid-ul-Adha is a remembrance of the submission of Prophet Ibrahim Allaihis-Salam to Allah, his Creator, by which he taught the world the value of sacrifice in relating with one another, and when it comes to nation-building. “We must sacrifice for others and remember always those who are less fortunate than ourselves,” the President was said to have declared.
President Buhari explained that religion was a major factor in influencing human behaviour towards good conduct and actions. He, however, regretted that selfishness, greed and corruption have overwhelmed human souls to the extent that people abandon their religious beliefs in pursuit of their greed. On the current economic challenges facing Nigerians, the President reassured, according to the statement, that such were temporary because the welfare of the people is the main thrust of the change agenda of the administration.
To buttress this point, President Buhari cited the many initiatives unfolded by the administration under the Social Investment Programme (SIP) among which was the recent decision to distribute recovered stolen funds to the poor against the past practices of re-looting such funds by some people in authority, the statement said.
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