Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has said that Nigerians voted overwhelmingly for President Muhammadu Buhari in the last general election because of his “rock-solid integrity”.
The VC who spoke at the declaration of a workshop on integrity and transparency organised by Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit, ACTU, of the University of Ilorin at the weekend said, “President Buhari’s election was an indication that Nigerians are in support of his anti-corruption antecedents.”
His address was titled: “Vanity upon Vanity”, where he pointed out that corruption remains the bane of Nigeria’s development, stressing that “if we want to combat corruption, we have to emphasise integrity and transparency as we make people realise that unjust accumulation of wealth is vanity upon vanity.”
Ambali said: “Integrity matters and it is very essential that we put it first. Integrity cannot be bought in the market and it requires character and discipline. We all remember that the last presidential election was keenly contested and many lies were told about the current President Muhammadu Buhari; but the more lies that were told about him by the powers that be, the more millions of Nigerians supported him because of his rock-solid integrity”.
Earlier, the ACTU Chairman, Prof. Ayodele O. Ogunlela, had explained that the workshop was organised in furtherance of ACTU’s mandate on sensitising the community against corruption, to enhance service delivery and ensure corrupt-free operations.
Three papers were presented at the workshop by Mr. John Olusola Baiyeshea, SAN, who spoke on “Global Perspectives of Corruption and Transparency: A Case Study of Nigeria”; Mr B.B. Gaji, Head, System Study, Research and Statistics of the ICPC, Abuja, whose paper was entitled, “Understanding Corruption and Government Anti-Corruption Initiatives: The Journey So Far”, and Prof. Moshood Belewu of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ilorin, who spoke on “Corruption Flash Points in the University System.”