Friday, January 2, 2015

We are coming up with anti-corruption plan - President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said his administration is coming up with strategies to clean up corruption, which he described as one of the two main problems confronting the Nation.

Jonathan who spoke during a special New Year service at the Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Area 1, Garki, Abuja said his idea of anti-corruption war was not about arresting suspects and parading them on the television but to strengthen the capability of institutions to nip the menace in the bud.

He said "There are two main problems confronting us as a nation: The issue of insecurity in the North where we have the Boko Haram terrorists and in the South where we have commercial kidnapping. The next thing that people worry about after security is the issue of corruption.

"We are coming out with programmes and plans to clean up. These are things that you don't just use a magical wand to wave off, otherwise even before I became the President, there wouldn't have been corruption in Nigeria.

"It is not just about shouting corruption. It is not about looking at one person, arrest the person and show him on television.

"It is about strengthening institutions and coming up with credible plans to make sure that anybody who gets involved with corruption, the system must have a way of detecting him and punishing him.

"Until you put such a system on ground, you cannot talk about eradicating corruption, you will just be celebrating corruption."

On security challenges, Jonathan said the Federal Government was working hard to restore peace to the country.

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