Buhari to commission EFCC's new N24bn head office building today

Soyinka Anti-corruption war won’t be won until some leaders pass through EFCC doors

Buhari said these in his address at the inauguration of the new headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission located at Jabi District in Abuja.

The president, however, admitted that anti-corruption war is not easy to fight because it affects different branches of national lives.

President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented at the event by his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, called for more collaboration amongst African countries, stressing that it was key to winning the fight against corruption. "We must insist that recovered stolen assets be returned to countries of origin, without any preconditions in line with article 51 UNCAC".

"We were very proud in the Commonwealth when the President graced us by coming to the Tackling Corruption Together Conference in May, 2016, and he explained so graphically, the wisdom that comes from corruption".

The former leader said although some of his ministers were being accused of corruption, the regime made sure that it did not happen.

Earlier, Nobel laureate, Prof, Wole Soyinka, said Nigeria had been "bled dry" by corrupt leadership over the years, and challenged the anti-graft agencies on the prosecution of past and current corrupt leaders.

The president expressed the hope that the National Assembly, the Judiciary and other critical stakeholders would continue to collaborate with the Executive to bring corrupt people to book.

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Permit me to also seize this opportunity to call on the Legislature which provides the legal framework for the anti-corruption war to add more verve to the determination of government to rid our nation of the brazen corruption witnessed in recent years, through reviewing archaic provisions in our laws and proactive passage of new legislation.

"It has become the norm. That is why we must fight this attitude and encourage Nigerians to change their attitudes and perspectives".

The High Commission shared the news of its support for the Nigerian agency on its verified Twitter handle.

He said the federal government on its part was committed to working with the nation's foreign friends to stop the inflow of stolen funds from Nigeria into their countries and recovering what was there already.

"I was there to launch that building, fantastic building and I really applaud the acting chairman because of the work that he has done".

The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland also picked on the point of cross-border collaboration as basis for the conference.

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