Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said that the presidency is planning to strengthen the mechanism of the Whistle blower policy.
Shehu confirmed this while speaking with correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja.
He noted that the enthusiastic response of Nigerians to the whistle blower policy had help tremendously in the anti-corruption crusade of the President Buhari’s administration.
“The government is considering empowering the mechanism by either bringing it under the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC or some other body to imbue the process with a strategic national purpose.
“In a word, government thinks that the whistle blower mechanism is too important to be left without a strategic, national direction,’’ he said.
Shehu added that no public policy can succeed without public support and participation. He commended the patriotism of Nigerians for providing credible leads to hidden looted funds.
“When the citizens realise they are victims of corruption, they may feel encouraged to join the efforts to expose looted funds,’’ he added.
Shehu explained further that the huge amounts of stolen funds being recovered by the anti-graft agency “is a revelation about the mindless, callous and reckless scale on which Nigeria had been robbed by unpatriotic and egregiously selfish public officials.”
He also said that government is receiving suggestions to bring the issue of illegal weapons being used to commit violence by citizens under the purview whistle blower policy.
“Yes, it is true; the presidency has received suggestions that call for the whistle blower policy to be extended to the possession of illegal weapons by powerful individuals in the country.
“The government will look at all that and make a pronouncement.
“Nigerians would be encouraged to expose the presence of illegal weapons in the homes of powerful politicians and other public figures, who may use those deadly arms for sinister political agenda.
“Those patriotic Nigerians exposing looted funds deserve all the encouragement and protection to sustain their enthusiasm, with a view to encouraging more citizens to participate in this major aspect of the anti-corruption crusade,” he said.