A civil society group, Nigerians Against Corruption, yesterday mobilised its members to the State House to add its voice to national issues relating to the ongoing anti-graft battle.
The group, led by one Aisha Yesufu, was stopped by security operatives from accessing the Presidential Villa through Gate 11.
They however which carried several placards declaring support for the ongoing war against corruption but called on the President Buhari, his Vice President, Osinbajo, governors and other political office holders to declare their assets publicly and lead by example.
The protesters said they were in support of all efforts to probe past government officials who are suspected to have looted the treasury and condemned recent statements by some individuals against the President’s anti-corruption campaign.
They assured Buhari that most Nigerians supported his ongoing efforts to curb corruption and urged him not to be deterred by the antics of those who do not share his vision of corrupt-free Nigeria.
President Buhari, who addressed the group, assured Nigerians that no amount of pressure will make him give up the war against corruption in the country.
He promised a relentless prosecution of the war against corruption, with due regard for the rule of law.
The President, who was represented by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Mr. Femi Adesina, said that all persons charged with stealing the nation’s resources will have their day in court and that, upon conviction, their ill-gotten wealth will be seized and returned to government coffers.
“I believe it is time for Nigeria to change course. That is why I sought election as President and got elected. As President, I am determined that Nigeria must move away from a course of endemic corruption that was leading us to perdition.
“There can be no question of our willfully allowing anyone to get away with corruption. No matter the pressure and entreaties, the anti-corruption war will continue and all accused persons will have their day in court,” the President said.
Welcoming the support of the group-Nigerians March Against Corruption, President Buhari, also reaffirmed his commitment to curbing insecurity in the country and boosting employment opportunities for Nigerians, especially the youth.
He called for the continued support and solidarity of Nigerians as the present administration works to correct the wrongs of the past.
Some of the placards of the protesters read: “President and VP must declare their assets”; “I voted Buhari to fight corruption”; “Govs and their deputies must declare their assets”; NASS, epitome of corruption.”
Buhari was however silent on the group’s demand that he publicly declare his assets.

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