The former chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, has admonished Gombe State commissioner designates, Special Assistants, and Permanent Secretaries to make a personal commitment not to tamper with public funds.
Ribadu stated this on Monday at the commencement of a two-day retreat for commissioner designates, Special Assistants, and Permanent Secretaries, where he delivered a keynote presentation on anti-corruption and good governance.
Ribadu said corruption is the cause of Nigeria’s underdevelopment, lack of power and poverty. He noted that since President Muhammadu Buhari became the substantive minister of petroleum, corruption has been reduced to the barest minimum in the petroleum sector.
“Make a personal vow not to steal public funds. You can’t stop corruption in the police when the civil service is still corrupt. Stop corruption and see what will happen in the society. Corruption erodes trust in leadership. A leader with soiled hands has no moral right to question his subordinates.
For you, all this is, is a stepping stone. You must not fall for the banana peel thereby denting yourself. EFCC, NFIU are capable and they can see you. They have the infrastructure to track every single penny stolen from the government. Things have changed, and the world has changed, so let us also change.
Since President Buhari took over as the minister of petroleum. I have not seen people become billionaires from oil business because there is a leader who is not corrupt ” he said.Photo Credit: Getty