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Extend Corruption Probe to 1999, SSANU Tells Buhari



The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the probe of public officials to 1999.

Speaking at a meeting of the National Executive Council and pre-National Delegates’ Conference of SSANU in Jos, Samson Ugwoke, SSANU President, said Nigerian funds were used in the improvement of foreign economies.

“The present administration seems to be pursuing an anti-corruption war; corruption has killed this country. We have heard of billions and trillions of Naira being looted by officers of government and all of them stashed away,” he said.

“They use Nigerian money to grow and improve the economies of other countries, leaving us in poverty.”

Pledging SSANU’s support to the anti-corruption war, Ugwoke said Buhari should bring all those who have killed Nigeria to book by probing every portion of the fourth republic.

“SSANU supports the fight against corruption but with a caveat that Mr. President should pursue whoever has stolen our money to return it to our coffers.

“The probe of the looters should not be selective. It should be total; that is the stand of SSANU. It should be total and be extended to 1999, so that those who have killed this country since 1999 would be brought to book.”

Speaking at a campaign rally in Kaduna, on March 11, 2015, Buhari had said he would draw a line on corruption and take his anti-corruption battle from May 29.

“On the issue of past corrupt lead­ers facing trials in various courts across the country, I would allow the courts to decide on those cases,” he had said.

“Whoever that is indicted of cor­ruption between 1999 to the time of searing-in, would be pardoned. I am going to draw a line, anybody who involved himself in corruption after I assume office, will face the music.”