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REASONS WHY I SIGNED NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER TO FIGHT CORRUPTION~~PRESIDENT BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday signed
an Executive Order to improve his administration’s
fight against corruption.
The order, signed, in Abuja, seeks to bar persons
accused of corruption from controlling or trading in
assets acquired from the allegedly corrupt act.
“I have decided to issue the Executive Order No. 6 of
2018 to inter alia restrict dealings in suspicious assets
subject to investigation or inquiry bordering on
corruption in order to preserve such assets from
dissipation, and to deprive alleged criminals of the
proceeds of their illicit activities which can otherwise
be employed to allure, pervert and/or intimidate the
investigative and judicial processes or for acts of
terrorism, financing of terrorism, kidnapping,
sponsorship of ethnic or religious violence, economic
sabotage and cases of economic and financial crimes,
including acts contributing to the economic adversity
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and against the
overall interest of justice and the welfare of the
Nigerian State,” the president said in his speech read
during the signing of the order.
Mr Buhari said there is a “very strong link between
corruption, peace and security.”
“Unfortunately, corruption is everywhere; at all
levels of government, and every stratum of our
society,” he said.
Read the president’s full speech below.
REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU
BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC
OF NIGERIA, ON THE OCASSION OF THE SIGNING
OF EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 6 OF 2018 ON THE
PRESERVATION OF ASSETS CONNECTED WITH
SERIOUS CORRUPTION AND OTHER RELEVANT
OFFENCES
I am delighted to welcome you all to this very
important occasion which is another milestone in the
fight against corruption- a project that is very crucial
to the viability and continuous well-being of this
country. Whilst there are many reasons why Nigeria
has been struggling; regrettably, the most
unfortunate cause of great disparity between
Nigeria’s wealth and its poverty is endemic
corruption.
2. There is also a very strong link between
corruption, peace and security. Unfortunately,
corruption is everywhere; at all levels of government,
and every stratum of our society. Without doubt,
corruption constitutes an unusual and extraordinary
threat to the well-being, national security, and
economy of Nigeria.
3. Mindful of this serious challenge, as you are all
aware, before coming into government, this
Administration specifically promised Nigerians that it
will address the challenges facing our nation in the
three areas of:
(a) Security, (b) Economy and (c) Corruption.
4. As a government, and in furtherance of our anti-
corruption programme, we have since inception
engaged in multi-sectoral reforms on anti-corruption
including the enforcement of Treasury Single Account
(TSA), strict implementation of the Bank Verification
Number Policy, Signing of the Open Government
Partnership, and a lot of efforts have gone into
building and development of our anti-corruption
institutions among others.
5. We have so far kept faith with our promise and
shall remain committed thereto until Nigeria
triumphs over the evil of corruption, attain a
prosperous economic status and surmounts all her
security challenges.
6. Like I have many times said, if Nigeria does not
kill corruption, corruption will sooner-or later kill
Nigeria. Therefore, after three years in office, it is an
opportune time to further review our achievements
against set goals, and where necessary; re-appraise
our strategy in order to achieve our outstanding
objectives.
7. As this real battle continues, we still need to
strengthen our policies and institutions in order to
successfully fight corruption. We recognise that there
are more grounds to cover in the war against
corruption, and we are prepared to go out to possess
those lands by cutting off any means that facilitates
corruption and supports its growth.
8. From available records, the aggregate value of
funds involved in some on-going prosecution of high
profile corruption related cases stands at
N595,409,838,452.25k. This amount is in excess of the
N500 billion approved for Social Investment
Programme in the 2018 Budget, which sum would be
applied to cater for home grown school feeding
programme, government economic empowerment
programme, N-Power Job Creation Programme,
Conditional Cash Transfers, etc. Cumulatively, scores
of millions of Nigerian citizens would benefit from
those programmes.
9. To further put things in perspective, the highest
appropriation in the 2018 Budget in the sum of N344
billion went to the Ministry of Works for
construction and rehabilitation of several roads
nationwide. These roads are:
a. Lagos-Shagamu-Ibadan Dual Carriageway;
b. Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa Bokani Road;
c. Abuja-Abaji Road;
d. Kano –Maiduguri Road;
e. Enugu-P/Harcourt Dual Carriageway;
f. Odukpani-Itu-Ikot Ekpene Road;
g. Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega-Kontangora- Makera Road;
h. Dualisation of Obajana to Benin;
i. Calabar-Ugep-Katsina-Ala Road;
j. Onitsha-Enugu Dual Carriageway;
k. Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Dual Carriageway;
l. Benin-Ofosu-Ore-Ajebandele-Sagamu Expressway
Phase III;
m. Kontagora-Bangi Road.
10. All the foregoing roads are expected to be either
constructed or repaired with equivalent of about 57%
of the monies covered by some of the on-going high
profile corruption related cases.
11. It has thus become necessary to re-kit and re-tool
our arsenal to be able to effectively tackle
corruption’s perilous counter-attack against the
Nigerian State. Accordingly, the Federal Government
of Nigeria has declared a national emergency to deal
with that crisis. In this regard, the Federal
Government of Nigeria in line with its anti-
corruption strategy seeks to ensure that the ends of
justice is not defeated or compromised by persons
involved in a case or complaint of corruption.
12. It is in consequence of this that I have decided to
issue the Executive Order No. 6 of 2018 to inter alia
restrict dealings in suspicious assets subject to
investigation or inquiry bordering on corruption in
order to preserve such assets from dissipation, and to
deprive alleged criminals of the proceeds of their
illicit activities which can otherwise be employed to
allure, pervert and/or intimidate the investigative
and judicial processes or for acts of terrorism,
financing of terrorism, kidnapping, sponsorship of
ethnic or religious violence, economic sabotage and
cases of economic and financial crimes, including acts
contributing to the economic adversity of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria and against the overall interest of
justice and the welfare of the Nigerian State.
13. Happily, the fight against corruption is gaining
more momentum among the African States. We just
returned from the African Anti-Corruption Year event
at Nouakchott, Mauritania where all African Heads of
State were gathered to promote the anti-corruption
message.
14. Nigeria and 39 other African States have ratified
the African Union Convention on Preventing and
Combating Corruption. I pledge to elevate the African
Union anti-corruption agenda at the next session of
the United Nations General Assembly in September.
15. Therefore, in order to preserve Nigeria’s political
and economic systems, and the continuous progress
of the Nigerian State from the serious threat of
corruption, I call on all stakeholders, and indeed
every Nigerian to give effect to this Executive Order.
16. Agencies of the Federal Government in
consultation with the Attorney General of the
Federation should identify and adopt best practices,
and develop strategies for action. The fight against
corruption is one that must be fought by everyone
wherever corruption rears its head.
17. I thank you all for your anticipated cooperation
and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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