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My first attempt to fight corruption, corruption defeated me and I was kicked out of office and jailed for 3 years – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari commissioning the EFCC Head Office on Tuesday

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at the commissioning of the new office complex of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) narrated how he was kicked out of office as Head of State and eventually imprisoned for 3 years by the military government that succeeded him.

According to Buhari, it was a battle he lost against corruption, adding that he was purposely kicked out for his position against corruption.

Buhari was overthrown in August 1985 in a coup led by his Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida rtd, who eventually emerged as Head of State.

“My first attempt to fight corruption, corruption fought back successfully. I was removed from office and detained for three years,” he said.

He however added that despite the experience, his “objective of fighting corruption remained steadfast.”

Buhari noted that since his emergence as president in 2015, he has made very conscious decisions to pursue the fight against corruption, adding that trillions of naira has been recovered so far from corrupt public officials.

He further noted that there is now a realization that corrupt government officials will be brought to justice no matter how long it takes.

Regarding accusations of being bias in his fight against corruption, Buhari said his administration “never intended and does not engage in with-hunting” but “will call people to account within the law.”

He also urged the National Assembly to add more verve to the government’s effort by reviewing archaic provisions that would address the lapses in the legal frameworks.

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