The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has assured that he is committed to bringing to book and punishing corruption at all levels of government under his administration but maintained that he would not subject the military or any other arm of government to probes as erroneously reported by a leading publication.
While clarifying a Sunday Trust newspaper headline, which erroneously quoted him as vowing to probe the military if elected into office, the APC presidential candidate said while his government would not pursue a witch hunt of anybody or institutions, he would decisively deal with all cases of impunity and corruption under his administration no matter who is involved.
The report quoted Buhari during his presidential campaign rally at the Ibrahim Babangida Trade Fair Complex, Bauchi, as pledging to investigate the crisis rocking the Nigerian military to understand the reasons behind their failure to effectively confront the Boko Haram insurgency in some parts of the North despite the huge amount of money budgeted for national security.
A statement from the APC Presidential Campaign Organization (APCPCO) reiterated Buhari’s stance that “when elected into office in February, the era of impunity will be over for the rogues. But there is no time for engaging in probes or witch hunts”.
The statement, signed by Director of Media and Publicity of the Campaign, Mallam Garba Shehu, quoted the former head of state as saying he is passionately concerned about the sorry conditions of our armed forces today who, despite huge budgetary allocations, have failed to effectively deal with manifest security threats including the Boko Haram terrorism.
“What he said at every given opportunity is that he is keenly interested in knowing what has gone wrong, if any, with the army that he knew. When he has access to them as Commander-in-Chief, he will like to hear from his commanders what are the problems they are dealing with? So that they can be solved”, Shehu said.
“In a democracy such as ours, all institutions of government, including the armed forces, are accountable. No country can achieve results in its counter-terrorism efforts when there is no transparency in the management of huge resources for the purpose. He (General Buhari) will reinvigorate the armed forces and restore their rapidly evaporating morale”, he added.