The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), have declared their intention to tackle head-on, the menace of corruption.
They, therefore, challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to show his scorecard on the war against graft by making public the forensic audit report on the alleged missing $20bn oil money.
The APC presidential flag bearer said this in a statement by the Director, Communications, Buhari Campaign Organisations, Mr. Dele Alake, on Sunday.
He said, “In the spirit of the War Against Corruption, we demand the release of the Audit Report of the missing $20bn.
“Clearly unable to oppose us with an equally clean and unassailable ticket, we can understand why our opponents are running from pillar to post digging graves in search of rumours in the impossible hope of misinforming unsuspecting voters and spinning a web of blackmail and deceit.
“In this electoral contest of vision and moral stature, only the guilty needs to be afraid. Luckily, our lives are like the open book. We challenge our opponents to stake their desire to lead Nigeria again on what they have achieved with the billions of resources they received”.
Buhari said if voted into office, he would implement programmes, which would entail a zero-tolerance for corruption, adding that his life was an open book as he had nothing to hide.
He further declared that he and his running mate lived exemplary lives and had become reference points for how to live a morally upright life.
The former Head of State noted that corruption was Nigeria’s biggest problem as it had led to the nation’s multifaceted problems especially the poor living conditions for Nigerians.
He said, “Our vision is a new Nigeria in which corruption and abuse of office shall be sanctioned according to existing laws with the strengthening of the institutions of state; a Nigeria where the public and private sectors will collaborate to create a zero tolerance for sharp practices in the running of government business.
“There is a clear linkage between the billions of naira lost to corruption and the poor living conditions of our people: it is the resources meant for the development of our people that are diverted to service the greed of a few.
“It is indeed true that, by sheer force of personal examples, I and my running mate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, have demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that it is possible to live above the greed that dominates the system”.