President Muhammadu Buhari while commissioning the new headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja on Tuesday vowed to sustain his administration’s anti-corruption war despite the fact that he was detained for three years when he attempted to tackle the problem as military head of state.
The President, who recounted how he was jailed for three years after his military regime was overthrown, said corruption successfully defeated him at the first attempt.
Buhari, whose military regime jailed several Second Republic politicians for corruption, was overthrown in a palace coup that brought the then Chief of Army Staff, General Ibrahim Babangida, to power. He was then placed under house arrest for several months.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony Tuesday, he said he would not bow to any form of pressure in his second attempt to tackle corruption in the country.
He said: “My first attempt to fight corruption, corruption fought back successfully. I was detained for three years and only released after my mother died. In spite of that, my objective of fighting corruption remains steadfast.
“War on corruption is not an easy one to fight, because it affects so many different branches of our lives, so much that some people do not even consider breaking trust is anymore a crime. It has become the norm. That is why we must fight this attitude and encourage Nigerians to change their attitudes and perspectives.”