Nigerians laud President Buhari’s anti-corruption drive

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

The current crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari to rid the nation of corruption has been applauded by many Nigerians.

Those who spoke with VON correspondent said the anti-corruption campaign by the government was to restore sanity into the country.

They noted that corruption has eaten deep into the nation’s fabric and it takes someone with sincerity of purpose to tackle it head-on.

Welcome Development

A lecturer at the University of Lagos, Abayomi Oloruntoba said the on-going effort by the government to beam its searchlight on corrupt cases is a welcome development.

According to him “The Buhari led government has shown that corrupt officials cannot continue to milk the country dry and the direction its going now is highly welcome by most of us.”

Oloruntoba stressed that the campaign must also visit the education sector, especially the government owned institution, where financial misappropriation was reported and swept under the carpet in the past.

“The rot feasible in the nation’s education today is as a result of corrupt acts in the sector which were not addressed in the past.” he said.

Agnes Ugochukwu in her own assertion pointed out that “no nation could develop if the level of corruption in the country is higher.”

Clean-Up Exercise

A former banker said any nation where the process of choosing their leaders is fraught with irregularities; corruption will hold sway, stressing the need for the clean-up exercise by President Buhari.

She said “If you look at how we run our politics, you will know how we arrive at where we are today. I support President Buhari’s zeal to ensure that corrupt individuals face the music.”

She however enjoined the President to ensure that none of his cabinet members involve themselves in any unscrupulous act which may undermine his efforts at fighting the scourge.

The Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Muhammed has been canvassing for people’s support in the fight against corruption.

Okusan Adeniji explained that the move by the Minister was appropriate stressing that while those who allegedly committed acts of corruption face trial, the government should not allow it to becloud development.

“As the trial of corrupt officials continue, government must ensure that the 2016 budget is passed soonest and proper development begins because Nigerians cannot afford to witness another failed government again.” he said.

Adeniji who is a teacher in one of the public schools in Lagos south west Nigeria noted that the ‘Five Thousand Recruitment’ for teachers, promised by the government should be transparent, well-coordinated and corruption-free exercise.

“We don’t want any recruitment process that will take lives again and government must ensure transparency at all levels during any employment exercise.” he added.

Others who spoke with VON advised President Buhari never to be engrossed by the side attractions, urging him to continue with the drive, irrespective of party and personality involved.