The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has promised to fight corruption by focusing more on preventive measures if elected as president in the 2023 election.
Part of his strategy, Tinubu said, would be putting a system for practical wealth redistribution in place, to greatly reduce the temptation to commit corruption.
Mr Tinubu, a former two-term former governor of Lagos Sate, made this in a statement on Monday, during a discussion with the Arewa Joint Committee in Kaduna. According to him, the socio-economic challenges the country faces are deeply rooted in corruption.
Nigeria is currently ranked 154th out of 180 nations assessed in the latest Transparency International’s 2021 Corruption Perception Index (CPI). In the report released in January, Nigeria scored 24 out of 100, a point lower than its performance in the previous 2020 CPI report.
“Distinguished audience, ladies and gentlemen, it is a consensus among our citizens that the socio-economic challenges we are faced with as a country are deeply rooted in the menace of corruption,” Mr Tinubu said.
“We should not, and we will not give up in the effort to rid our country of this menace. My administration will support the existing anti corruption institutions and address underlying issues that make corruption thrive.”
The presidential hopeful also vowed that his administration would support the existing anticorruption institutions, and also, address the underlying issues of corruption in the oil industry.
Mr Tinubu promised to strengthen existing transparency mechanisms in the areas of public procurement, fiscal responsibility and whistleblower policy as preventive strategies against corruption.
Additionally, he pledged to ensure that Nigerian workers had appropriate access to mortgages and other credit options. This, he said, would prevent them from paying from salaries in lump sums, which encourages corruption.