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Eight ways I’ll fight corruption – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday listed eight priorities he will give more attention to give his anti-corruption agenda a big bite in the next four years.
He also said the governments will soon device new strategies to win the war.
He said he will press for a crackdown on safe havens for corrupt assets, abolition of bank secrecy jurisdictions and tax havens on the continent and beyond.
He also said he will push for unconditional return of looted assets kept abroad and strengthen international.
He however insisted that uncontrolled electoral spending and voter inducement by politicians must be combated.
Buhari bared his mind in an address at the National Democracy Day Anti-Corruption Summit in Abuja, which was organized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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The theme for the summit was “Curbing electoral spending: A panacea for public corruption”.
He said it was regrettable that Thabo Mbeki Panel on illicit financial flows, published a few years ago, claimed that Africa has lost over $1 trillion to corruption over the last 50 years.
He said: “During the recently concluded election campaigns, I stated clearly that the major areas of priority during my second term in office as it was in my first term will be: Security, economic improvement and fight against corruption. I remain committed to the fulfillment of these promises.
“Now, as this administration commences, we are taking stock of progress made so far in the war against corruption, assessing what needs to be done and devising new strategies to address existing challenges.
“I am pleased to inform you that this process has already started with the recent interaction between the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption and all anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria.
“The outcome of the interaction, among others, shall serve as the basis for a more concerted effort by this administration to:
• Strengthen the capacity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other anti-corruption agencies by providing additional material, organizational and logistical support;
• Close existing legislative loopholes, facilitate collaboration with the judiciary, and strengthen the criminal justice system;
• Enforce effective asset declaration by public office holders and ensure sanctions by professional bodies against lawyers, bankers, brokers, public officials, and other individuals facilitating corrupt practices;
• Ensure comprehensive support and protection to whistleblowers, witnesses and victims of corruption;
• Adopt and formulate the policy of ‘naming and shaming’ all those who engage in corrupt practices while encouraging and honoring those who do not;
• Educate, mobilise and encourage Nigerians at the grassroots level to take ownership of the fight against corruption;
• Press for a crackdown on safe havens for corrupt assets, abolishing of bank secrecy jurisdictions and tax havens on the continent and beyond;
• Insist on the unconditional return of looted assets kept abroad and further strengthening of international cooperation through information and mutual legal assistance.

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