A university teacher, Malam Bashir Yankunzu, has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for suspending two key functionaries in his administration over allegations of involvement in corrupt practices.

On April 19, Buhari suspended the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachair Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Mr Ayodele Oke.

Lawal was suspended over corruption allegations in the award of contracts in the Presidential Initiative for the North East.

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Oke was suspended in connection with the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The suspension of the two principal officers appears to have given a clear signal on the renewed determination of the president to stamp out corruption in the country.

Speaking in an interview with NAN on the development on Wednesday in Minna, Yankunzu described the suspension as necessary for the success of the government’s anti-graft campaign.

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He said the outcome of findings on the developments that led to the suspension, if made public, would strengthen belief that the anti-graft fight was devoid of sentiments and vendetta.

“The Federal Government needs to put more effort in bringing relief to the masses and with this; Nigerians will surely stand for the government, irrespective of the situation.

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“I wish to call on Nigerians to avoid jumping into conclusions on the innocence or otherwise of whoever is under investigation before the outcome of such inquiries.

“May Allah grant President Buhari good health and sincere advisers and helpers, who are competent in their duties.’’

The don argued that the political will demonstrated by the president in suspending the two high-ranking officers had shown his resolve to crush corruption. (NAN)


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