President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to ensure speedy determination of corruption cases in the year 2021.
In his New Year message, Buhari while reassuring Nigerians noted that his regime had recorded substantial gains in the fight against corruption.
According to him, the regime is committed to continuing along the path of eradicating corruption, through collaboration with all the arms of government to effectively prosecute the fight.
“While we would be working with the legislature to enact laws that would strengthen this fight, we would also be looking at reviewing some of our laws which would ensure that this fight is more effective. On the part of the executive, we would ensure the diligent and timely prosecution of corruption cases, while appealing to the judiciary to ensure that corruption cases are dispensed with expeditiously,” Buhari said.
Also, he promised Nigerians that he would play his role as the nation’s leader without fear or favour adding that this is what he owed the country’s founding and future generation.
In promising to lead without fear and favour, the President asked Nigerians to also behave likewise.
He said, “As your elected President, my pledge to you is the same as it has always been; I will play my part fully and without fear or favour.
“I invite all of us to do the same. It is what we owe the founding generation of our beloved country and also to the coming generation. It is what we desire for national prosperity.”
However, President Buhari said he did not begrudge critics of his regime who hold the view that the progress recorded under him should have been faster and more sufficient since what they want is a better Nigeria.
He, thereby called on Nigerians to, in assessing his regime, recall what he met on the ground and the resources at his disposal since 2015.
The President added, “I am aware that for some of our compatriots, the progress we have registered since the inception of this administration is not nearly as fast or as sufficient as they would wish. I do not begrudge them their views in so far as they signify a wish, in which we all share, for only the very best for our country.
“Nevertheless, I call upon all Nigerians to carefully recall the circumstances of our coming to office, the facts on the ground and the resources at our disposal since 2015 with the accomplishments of this administration.
“As a people, we have shown admirable resilience in the face of every adversity, an unmatched capacity to recover speedily from every setback, an unparalleled generosity of spirit when we resolve our differences, and a constant readiness to invest faith and hope in the destiny we share as a united country built on the diversity of its peoples,” Buhari said.
“It is these attributes that underpin the Nigerian spirit of ‘can do, will do’ that gives me hope that we shall yet get to destination and fulfil our calling together, especially with the solid resolutions we are setting in this new year.
“Keeping our country on a forward march is a duty which we all have and share. In this regard, keeping our country safe from a resurgent cycle of COVID-19 as this administration finalizes its plans to procure and efficiently and effectively distribute the COVID-19 vaccines, I urge you all fellow citizens to observe strict COVID-19 prevention protocols.” He added.