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Focus on facts not fiction, Buhari tells Transparency International


The Presidency yesterday berated Transparency International (TI) over its recent damning assessment of Nigeria’s anti corruption fight and urged the organisation to focus on facts and discard fiction.  

In a statement signed by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the Presidency noted that while it welcomes constructive criticisms, the organization has a responsibility to reflect the larger picture of the concrete and verifiable achievements of the Buhari administration since it came into office in May 2015.

The statement reads in part, “The government wonders the criteria used to arrive at its very misleading and unfair conclusions in its assessment of the Federal government’s efforts in this anti-corruption crusade. Political will is the first major component of fighting corruption in any country and President Buhari has made a huge difference by demonstrating not only the political will but also the extraordinary courage to go after high profile looters, including former military service chiefs and Judges.”

“Blocking leakages for corruption through the rigid enforcement of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) had made life tougher for corrupt officials. He regretted that the Corruption Watchdog did not acknowledge these efforts. Besides these impressive recoveries of looted funds, the EFCC has recorded more than 140 successful prosecutions. The Federal government has also signed international agreements to recover the proceeds of corruption and to block the laundering of stolen assets abroad by public officials. Anybody who knows where Nigeria was coming from would not believe that corruption is worse under the Buhari administration.”

“This is just a political distraction, given the strong views some of TI’s patrons have expressed against this Administration,” the presidency said.  

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