Dr Yusuf Maitama Sule, Danmasanin Kano, a former Ambassador to the United State, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to give up on the ongoing fight against corruption.
Danmasani, who made the call at the official commissioning of NIPOST Anti-Corruption Stamp in Kano on Thursday, said fighting corruption is not an easy task.
He also appealed to government to ensure confiscating of looted money from all corrupt public servants who were found guilty in one form of corruption or the other.
“Corruption is found everywhere because not only financial people tend to engage in corrupt practices in their social activities. Government should ensure confiscating of all looted money from whoever steals it. After collecting the money, government can even allow them to go,” he said.
Danmasanin Kano recalled that there had been efforts for fighting corruption in this country since independence, noting that the first generation of Nigerian leaders was not corrupt, rather honest people who joined to politics in order to give not to be given.
In his remarks, the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said the fight against corruption was indispensible as no society could develop without fighting corruption among its citizenry.
“Because of the ongoing fight against corruption embarked upon by President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigerian’s image abroad has tremendously improved. We have all witnessed the discoveries of trillions of naira by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since the assumption of Buhari-led government,” he said.
The governor said Kano state government had introduced various measures of fighting corruption in the state, saying government had given the state owned Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission total autonomy to discharging its duty effectively.
He said the anti-corruption agency had championed the course of protecting the rights of the common man and oppressed people in the state.
Ganduje said government would install modern facilities at the commission to enable public had easy access to it, saying “this will pave way to people in the rural community to lodge their complaints from their localities without necessarily coming to headquarters of the commission.”
Chairman of the commission, Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado, said the commission had recorded successes in the fight against corruption in the state since the assumption of Ganduje-led government.
Rimin Gado, who presented an investigative report on Kantin-Kwari market to the governor, said the commission had discovered 1,156 shops in the market that were illegally allocated to the wrong people.