President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that his administration will continue “to be very hard on corruption.”President Buhari was speaking in Berlin on Saturday during an interactive session with representatives of the Nigerian Community in Germany.
The president also declared that it would no longer be possible for anyone to take money from government and get away with it.
Noting that his administration would encourage more Nigerians to pay tax, he stated: “If you work hard and get your money we will try and see how much tax you can pay us, but to take money from government and get away with it no more.”
He also stated that his government was greatly encouraged by the uncommon support from Nigerians in the fight against corruption as well as initiatives aimed at stimulating the economy.
Buhari assured that his administration will reciprocate the gesture by strengthening critical institutions needed for sustainable development and prosperity.
He said: “We are working hard to empower our institutions especially our educational institutions. If you educate a person that is the best you can do for him but if not you make him susceptible to religious, ethnic, negative thinking and action. Nigerians are virtually supporting us in our fight against corruption, security and the economy.”
Citing the recent discovery of Rolls Royces in the homes of certain government officials as a clear reference of the rot in society and the fact that the war against corruption in the country was working, the president said: “There are things that are happening, which if such had happened before there would have been major riot, like the removal of subsidy on fuel.”
President Buhari said it was regrettable that over the years, oil marketers had collided with banks to defraud Nigeria of much needed revenue from the commodity.
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