Some Presidential Candidates who slugged it out with President Muhammadu Buhari in the March 28, 2015 general elections on Tuesday expressed their unalloyed support to the President in the current war against corruption and other economic crimes, stressing that it will go a long way in rescuing the country from impending socio-economic and political doom if not nipped in the bud.
The ex-presidential hopefuls stated this in a letter to the president titled “War Against Corruption; Our call for a National Re-Orientation and regime to promote Nigeria’s needed Ethical Revolution, a new EFCC and Police,” issued in Abuja, signed by their Coordinator, Chief Albert Owuru,the candidate of the Hope Democratic Party, HDP.
According to the ex-candidates who operate under the aegis of “Coalition of Progressive Presidential Candidates of Nigeria (CPPCN),” the on-going battle against economic crimes must be fought to a logical conclusion with all culprits no matter how influential brought to book in order to open for Nigeria a genuine development order.
CPPCN also canvassed for the evolution of a new Police Force and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, as well as the total support of Nigerians and stakeholders to make the corruption battle a huge success.
This,they said, can be done by recruiting fresh graduates in relevant courses into the Police and EFCC, who will be given special training that will make them to effectively replace the present personnel gradually.
They also claimed that they campaigned and debated on good governance in the build-up to the presidential election and so will be eternally grateful to see them come to fruition under Buhari.
“This is to join all well-meaning Nigerians, home and abroad and lovers of democracy all over the world in congratulating you on your well deserved victory in the last election in Nigeria and celebrating the new political order as ushered in following the keenly contested Presidential Election and the bravery and untiring efforts of all citizens of Nigeria in ensuring an orderly and peaceful Presidential Elections and other categories of elections in Nigeria.
“Today we are happy we gave support and stood firm in supporting a new order and a new Nigeria in alliance with your then leading opposition party (APC)’s “Agenda for Change” as against the then state sponsored blackmail, intimidation and coercion against the progressive forces and elements as we represented.
“Indeed we are relieved and happy that change has come and a new Nigeria is in the offing and in sight and it is on this background that we make bold to fully associate ourselves with your government’s policy on the war against corruption and other sundry ethical malaise in which the people of Nigeria have been inflicted with over the years of locust and wasteful governance as represented by the past government.
“To bring this new order to quick and full realization, involvement and commitment of all Nigerian as a national ethos and a way of life, we suggest the institution and promotion of an ethical revolution akin to the war against indiscipline (WAI) of the 1980s, which is your well-known signature and legacy.
“This we believe will deeply entrench the culture and civility and orderly way of life, now lacking in Nigeria and giving rise rather to the culture of corruption and wastefulness.
“We give total support to your efforts and determination to recover looted funds and bring to book culprits and those linked to such.
“To further compliment this effort and policy, where considered and put to use, a new Police Force and new EFCC must necessarily be put in place as we suggest the temporary use of recommended and qualified graduates fresh from the NYSC and interim use of well-trained Civil Defence officials that will give way as soon as a new police force is put in place as the rot in the present system is deeper than imagined.
“This will ensure and engender a new Nigeria of our dream. We urge you to hasten up in this direction to avoid any relapse to the old ways and business as usual.
“The culture of corruption which has destroyed and ravaged the very fabric of this great country Nigeria must be fought from all sides to uproot and dislodge this very shameful malaise that has destroyed all we hold dear as a country and stunted our growth into nationhood,” the CPPN letter reads in part.