The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has pledged not to interfere with the operations of the anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as they continue to unearth and apprehend corrupt public officials in the country.
Buhari made this pledge on Saturday at the graduation ceremony of 328 cadets of the Detective Superintendent Course 8 of the EFCC, which took place at the Nigerian Defence Academy parade ground, Ribadu Campus, Kaduna State.
The colourful parade was organised to mark the end of 13 months of training, which was aimed at equipping the officers with the necessary skills and education to uphold the duties of the law enforcement agency.
President Buhari did not attend in person but was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who congratulated the cadets while urging them to contribute their quota to the fight against corruption in the country.
During the speech, Mustapha announced that the president had given his assurance that his administration would provide the EFCC with all the necessary support needed to ensure effective discharge of its responsibilities. He added that the government would strive to set aside new propaganda to enhance their working condition for diligence and efficiency in their line of duty.
Buhari, in his statement, stressed the importance of the fight against corruption, stating that it remains a cardinal objective of his government. He also acknowledged the significant progress he had made in the last four years in fighting corruption and other financial frauds in the nation.
The president acknowledged that the introduction of the Single Treasury Account and Whistleblower policy has proven to be a huge success.
“This progress has facilitated the recovery of looted funds in the country,” Buhari concluded.