President Muhammadu Buhari has said the resolve of his administration to fight corruption was not just for virtue and righteousness but for the soul of Nigeria.
He also said the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents no longer had the strength of occupying the North-East geo-political zone or any other party of the country.
Buhari spoke yesterday during the second plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, held at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, Igwurita, near Port Harcourt.
The president, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, said two-third of Nigerians live in extreme poverty, stressing that the country must trail the paradigm of thinking about the economy.
He said: “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 struggles to feed itself and provide jobs for millions of its people.”
According to him, Nigeria must consciously thinker a way out of poverty by making good and positive investment decisions that will change the lives of poor and vulnerable Nigerians.
“On security, we are on course to militarily route Boko Haram and make them incapable of taking over any territory. Suicide bombings on some parts of the North-East are desperate acts of terrorists to create a sense that they are still in play; but with vigilance and local intelligence, we will make these cowardly acts practically impossible.”
Earlier in his opening address, president of CBCN, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama expressed hope that with a new administration in power, Nigeria’s wasted opportunities would be recovered.
Kaigama, who is also the Archbishop of Jos, said, “As a church, we’ll continue to pray and preach that Nigerians should be altruistic and patriotic rather than being selfish and narcissistic. The tendency to promote, defend, and protect narrow personal economic, regional and religious interests have been responsible for our unstable national journey of one step forward and many steps backward.
“With the new administration in our nation, we have another window of opportunity and we hope we shall achieve the positive change that has become a national mantra. Our wasted opportunities must be recovered.”
The meeting was attended by Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Dr. Samuel Uche, and the Archbishop, Province of Niger Delta (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Ignatius Kattey.

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