The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara yesterday observed that aside President Muhammadu Buhari, there were millions of Nigerians scattered across the globe who are not corrupt.
He spoke at the commissioning of the new corporate headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Abuja attended by former President of South Africa, Tabo Mbeki; Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, and heads of anti-corruption agencies of member countries.
Dogara, while acknowledging that Buhari has won global acclaim for his hard stance against corruption, asserted that there are millions of Nigerians that are corrupt-free.
He said: “The fact that we have seated here, before us a President whose global acclaim has been corrupt free, I can tell you that he is not alone in Nigeria. There are millions of Nigerians that we come across day by day that are corrupt-free.”
Making allusions from the Holy scriptures, the Speaker said: “There is a representation of history, a prophet cried to God and said there was only one man that has not bowed his knees to Baal, but God replied to that prophet, saying that he has reserved several others in that city who have not bowed their knees to Baal.
“There are millions of Nigerians that have not bowed their knees to the god of corruption and that fact must be emphasized.”
Dogara said the building of the new EFCC headquarters was a demonstration of the Federal Government commitment to the fight against corruption and explained that it was necessary for the government to now begin to place emphasis on staff and officials of the commission whose trust and sacrifice are critical to the entire anti-corruption war.
Dogara harped on the need for improved welfare for officials of the EFCC.
“Mr. President, we have the responsibility to insulate the officers and men of this agency from temptation and that means we have to better their condition of service,” he said.