By Teslim Olawore
According to a press statement released and signed by the president’s media aide, Garba Shehu on ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan’s book, “My Transition Hours”
Shehu said president Muhammadu Buhari, in pursuit of the war against corruption, has set a number of local and international records, one of which is to call judicial officers in Nigeria to account. He is the first to set such a record. Not only that, this is the first time that top military commanders and Service Chiefs are brought to trial and convictions were achieved on account of corruption.
He also said that this is the first time a ruling party is convicting high profile citizens including former governors, who are members of same party. This is the first time the international community is acknowledging the efforts of a government of Nigeria in this regard as manifested by the selection of President Buhari by the African Union as the Anti-Corruption Champion of the continent. For the records, this is the first time a ruling party is investigating ranking officers of the administration, including some at the very top.
He insisted the Buhari administration has introduced a lot of changes, considering that the laws relating to the fight against corruption cannot reasonably be static. In line with its aspiration to be ahead of the growing sophistication of corruption and financial crimes, the administration has initiated new legislations and proposed amendments to different sections of laws, among which are:
The Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition Bill 2017; • Anti-Terrorism Prevention and Prohibition Bill 2017; • Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit Bill 2017 (NFIU); • Proceeds of Crime Bill 2017; • Public Interest Disclosure and Witness Protection Bill, 2017 and • The Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, 2017. Owing to these efforts and support all of relevant stakeholders, NFIU Act has been passed and President Buhari gave his assent on July 18, 2018.
He said there was no investment in infrastructure during Jonathan’s tenure as President Buhari is now doing in seaports, airports, power plants, railways, roads and housing.
Shehu concluded the press release saying “the former President and his party have nothing to say about achievements. They ruled the country for 16 years and what is their record on jobs, power, rail, seaports, airports and internal security, including the crippling disaster of terrorism?”.