Fight against corruption for soul of Nigeria — Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday that the fight against corruption was aimed at saving the soul of the nation.
Buhari, represented by Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, disclosed this at the second plenary meeting of Catholic Bishops` Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), at Igwurita, near Port Harcourt.
Buhari also said that the fight against corruption was for the substance of the nation.
“Our fight against corruption is not just a 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 and it constitutes a parallel system,“ he said.
According to the President, corruption has made a potentially prosperous country struggle to feed and provide jobs for its people.
“Hundreds of thousands of infants and maternal mortality statistics, hundreds of thousands deaths from communicable diseases are traceable to the greed and corruption of a few,“ he said.
Buhari urged Nigerians to think of resuscitating the nation`s economy because two-thirds of Nigerians lived in extreme poverty.
He said that efforts should be made to create an enabling environment for enterprise, plan and make a budget that would cater for poor Nigerians.
“They must be helped, first to survive, and then, fully participate in the economy of the nation.
“Consequently, we must create tenets for the very poor and vulnerable, while ensuring that social spending also resurrects investments in the economy.
“We must invest substantially in relevant education; teachers training and vocational and entrepreneurial training,“ Buhari said.
The President said one way out, was for all Nigerians to invest in infrastructure and all crucial components in the medium and long term means of diversifying the economy.
“Meanwhile, we must block all leakages and improve on our revenue base,“ he said.
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Source:: PM Newspaper