PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration remains focused in the fight against corruption because it is a battle to regain Nigerai’s soul.
Buhari, who stated that corruption was endemic in the country, explained that graft was the main reason a potentially prosperous country like Nigeria was struggling to feed itself and provide jobs for its citizens.
The President, who made this remark on Sunday at the second plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria held at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, lamented that hundreds of thousands of deaths from communicable diseases recorded in the country could be traced to the greed and corruption of a few.
He added that two-third of Nigerians were living in extreme poverty.
“Our fight against corruption is not just a moral battle of virtue and righteousness in our land, but it is a fight for the soul and substance of our nation. Corruption in our country is endemic that it constitutes a parallel system.
“It is the primary reason for poor policies, wastages and bare-faced theft of public resources. It is the main reason why a potentially prosperous country struggle to feed itself and provide jobs for millions of its people.
“Hundreds of thousands of infant and maternal mortality statistics, hundreds of thousands deaths from communicable diseases are traceable to the greed and corruption of a few,” the President said…