President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that his administration's war against corruption will be vigorously sustained in order to rid the country of the debilitating effects of the wanton looting of public funds over the years.
Buhari made the statement on Tuesday in Abuja in an address to State House staff who assembled to welcome him back from his recent vacation, spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement.
He said the president assured them he will continue to lead the country with patriotic zeal, integrity, dedication and commitment to improving the living conditions of ordinary Nigerians.
"I have never in my life believed in corruption. If we make any mistake in what we are doing and compromise our integrity, the country will be further dragged back.
"We’ll not touch anybody that did not touch public funds. If you behave yourself, you will sleep soundly, your children and families will enjoy respect.
On the other hand, he identified those who deserve to be afraid, saying, "If you have short-changed the treasury, you will be caught and you’ll have your day in court.”
President Buhari thanked the State House staff for their service to the nation and urged them to remain patriotic and eschew corruption in the discharge of their duties.
"I’m asking you to re-dedicate yourself to your country. As I said thirty years ago we have no other country than Nigeria. We are determined to rehabilitate the country for coming generations.”
He reminded the staff that the process of change is not easy, pointing out that with their dedication, “we can deal successfully with the issues that currently confront us.”