Bola Tinubu, the APC’s presidential contender, has promised to fight corruption by focusing more on preventive measures if he is elected president in the 2023 election.
In order to considerably reduce the motivation to participate in corruption, he asserted that part of his strategy would entail creating a mechanism for effective wealth redistribution.
This was stated by Mr. Tinubu, a former two-term governor of Lagos State, on Monday at a meeting with the Arewa Joint Committee in Kaduna. He claims that corruption is at the heart of the nation’s socioeconomic problems.
According to the most recent Transparency International 2021 Corruption Perception Index, Nigeria is presently rated 154th out of 180 countries (CPI). Nigeria’s performance in the January report was one point worse than it was in the prior 2020 CPI report, earning a score of 24 out of 100.
“Distinguished audience, ladies and gentlemen, it is widely believed by our population that the socioeconomic problems our nation is experiencing are directly related to the corruption threat,” Mr. Tinubu remarked.
“We shouldn’t and won’t give up trying to rid our nation of this threat. The anti-corruption mechanisms already in place will receive support from my government, which will also address the root causes of corruption.
The candidate for president further pledged that his administration would support the current anticorruption organizations and deal with the root causes of corruption in the oil business.
As a preventative measure against corruption, Mr. Tinubu pledged to expand already-existing transparency procedures in the fields of public procurement, fiscal responsibility, and whistleblower policy.
He also promised to make sure that Nigerian workers have proper access to mortgages and other financial choices. He claimed that by doing this, they wouldn’t be able to pay payments in lump sums, which promotes corruption.
The struggle against corruption, the APC, Buhari, and Tinubu
The APC, the party of Mr. Tinubu, and Muhammadu Buhari, its then-presidential candidate, stormed into power in 2015 on pledges to stabilize Nigeria’s faltering economy, keep Nigeria safe, and fight corruption.
Despite Mr. Buhari’s assertion that Nigeria is in a better situation than when he arrived in 2015, this has turned out to be untrue, particularly in three of the administration’s key policy areas. A number of corruption cases are alleged to have been covered up during Mr. Buhari’s watch, in addition to Nigeria’s dismal Transparency International (TI) ranking.
The Panama Papers and Pandora Papers, which contained releases on former and current Nigerian officials who may have violated the nation’s code of conduct law, also contained actionable intelligence that could have been provided to law enforcement agencies; however, no action was taken.
Additionally, Mr. Buhari released from prison two previous governors who had been convicted and imprisoned for corruption, Joshua Dariye of Plateau State and Jolly Nyame of Taraba State, which many considered as a significant setback in the progress made in the battle against corruption.
Mr. Tinubu has pledged to build on Mr. Buhari’s legacies when the 2023 elections get underway. Many of those who criticized Mr. Buhari for his lack of performance also criticized Mr. Tinubu for the remark.
Even Mr. Tinubu has faced accusations of corruption, which he has refuted. When he served as the governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007, the administration of then-President Goodluck Jonathan accused him of breaking the code of conduct for public officers. But the accusations were thrown out on a technicality by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Dapo Apara, a Nigerian chartered accountant, accused Mr. Tinubu, Alpha-Beta Consulting, and Akin Doherty, a former state commissioner, of money laundering, fraud, tax evasion, and various other corrupt activities in 2020. According to reports, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission dismissed the case (EFCC).