Former President Muhammadu Buhari has commended his administration for its successful efforts in combating corruption and safeguarding Nigeria’s economy from imminent collapse. He emphasized that the achievements in the fight against corruption were unparalleled in the country’s history.
In a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Buhari responded to allegations made by former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adokie. Adokie had raised concerns regarding the Process & Industrial Developments (P&ID), Paris Club, and the Ajaokuta steel company.
Buhari’s statement pointed out that the cases mentioned by Adokie originated during a government in which he held a position of authority over the administration of justice. While acknowledging that his administration inherited the P&ID contract and associated judgment, Buhari highlighted his success in preventing its execution, despite the previous administration’s failure to do so, which resulted in Nigeria being exposed to a liability of over $10 billion.
The statement also addressed the Paris Club issue, stating that it had similar origins and circumstances as the P&ID case. Both were rooted in administrations that preceded Buhari’s presidency. Adokie himself was a product of the administration responsible for the creation of these liabilities and subsequent judgments.
Considering the P&ID, Paris Club, and Ajaokuta steel company cases, it is evident that President Buhari’s administration embarked on a rescue mission to save Nigeria from corrupt practices that threatened its economic stability. The administration’s success in combating corruption remains unparalleled.
The statement further noted that new legislation was introduced, significant recoveries were made domestically, and stolen funds were repatriated from abroad, all of which were diligently utilized for infrastructure development. The administration achieved high-profile convictions at an unprecedented rate, surpassing previous records.