I’m not soft on corruption – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday said contrary to reports in the media, his administration was not soft on corruption.

He restated that nobody found guilty, as far as the reports were concerned, would go unpunished.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, he restated his commitment to the total eradication of official corruption in the country.

Jonathan observed that much of what he called the politically-motivated agitations, alleging tardiness in the war against corruption, revolved around his administration’s handling of the reports of probes into the management of fuel subsidies in the country.

The statement said, “President Jonathan wishes to reaffirm, once again, that there will be no sacred cows in the matter and that any organisation or individual found guilty of fraud or corruption will ultimately face the full weight of sanctions prescribed by the extant laws of the country.

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“The report of the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidies has already been referred by the President to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission through the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation.

“In compliance with the President’s clear and unequivocal directives, the EFCC is currently undertaking a thorough and painstaking investigation of all indictments made by the committee with a view to establishing water-tight cases that will be taken before courts of competent jurisdiction as quickly as possible.

“The report of the Committee headed by Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede which was set up by the Federal Government to verify fuel subsidy payments has also been received and is being expeditiously reviewed. Appropriate action will follow.”

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Jonathan therefore urged Nigerians to be patient and assured them that the guilty would not go unpunished as justice would be done in the matter.

He said his commitment was borne out of his conviction that the menace was antithetical to the attainment of the stated goals of his administration.

He discarded recent reports alleging that his administration was not doing enough to curb corruption in Nigeria, saying such opinions did not consider the various anti-corruption decisions he had taken so far.

He said he clearly enunciated his administration’s zero tolerance for corruption on his assumption of office and had since worked to strengthen the nation’s anti-corruption agencies for greater efficiency and effectiveness.

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Jonathan said nothing had been done or left undone under his watch to justify the labelling of his administration as “soft on corruption.”

He said he had appointed “a tried and tested corruption investigator” to head the EFCC.

He had declined to swear in a nominee for the chairmanship of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission when questions were raised by the public about the propriety of his nomination and clearance by the Senate; and recently nominated a more acceptable replacement.

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