The pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu has disclosed that the emergence of president Muhammadu Buhari as petroleum minister has drastically curtailed sharp practices in the sector.
Nuhu Ribadu noted that since Buhari became the petroleum minister, overnight oil billionaires have stopped.
Ribadu stated this on Monday, November 4, 2019 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, in Gombe state.
He extolled the Buhari administration for its steadfastness and commitment in the fight against corruption noting that the move has drastically curbed sleaze 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,” Ribadu said.
“Corruption erodes trust in leadership. A leader with soiled hands has no moral right to question his subordinates.
“For you, all this 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.”
The secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha who was also at the event, asked the state government to work closely with traditional institutions to ensure the safety of citizens in the communities.
“Let me urge the government of Gombe state to work closely with traditional institutions for the purpose of entrenching the policies of the federal government in the area of community policing,” he said.
“We must return to it if we have the desire to protect our communities.”