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NEWS:-Presidency tackles Jonathan on corruption


THE Presidency Thursday night told Nigerians to ignore the claims of former President Goodluck Jonathan that there is more corruption in the President Muhammadu Buhari led government than his administration.

The Presidency said the allegation lacked empirical evidence to back the claims and that the 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, administration was a waste especially on Infrastructural development despite the humongous money available to the government through oil.
In a reply to the accusation by former President Jonathan in his book, My Transition Hour, that the Buhari-led government has with more corrupt practices despite the fight against corruption, the Presidency in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said that the claim was absolutely untrue.
The Presidency rejects former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s astonishing claim, to the utter surprise of many, that there is more corruption in the country compared to when he left office. This is absolutely untrue.
Shehu in the statement said the facts on the ground today run contrary to the “outlandish claim” of the former President in pursuit of the war against corruption, claiming that the Buhari’s administration has set a number of local and international records, one of which was to call judicial officers in Nigeria to account.
According to the statement, He (Buhari) 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.

“Also, 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.
“In addition to the many firsts recorded by President Buhari’s administration, the government 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. The administration is currently working with the legislature for an expedited passage of the Proceeds of Crimes Bill to make the anti-corruption war more effective.”
Continuing, he said, “Nigerians should dismiss Dr. Jonathan’s hollow boast that he, not President Buhari, introduced schemes such the Biometric Verification Number, VBN, Treasury Single Account, TSA and the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPS). Of what use is the announcement of good policies without the will to implement them?
“Since President Buhari assumed office, Nigerians are witnesses to the huge success recorded through the implementation of the TSA where some government agencies that had over the years remitted peanut amounts or nothing at all are now periodically pumping billions into government coffers.
“Prominent among these remittances include the ones made by Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigeria Customers Service (NCS) and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
“While it is also true that the BVN was introduced in 2014 to ensure that all bank accounts have biometric identification of their owners, the lack of will and capacity under Dr Jonathan stalled implementation. Today, BVN covers nearly all bank accounts.
“There are still some individuals who have shielded their identity and are now afraid of enrolling on the BVN platform as this will expose them and their corrupt actions. The law is going after them.

“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.”
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