- The report by Reuters says anti-corruption phone line does not work but the government says it is working to create a new package
- It says the current administration has achieved little in its anti-corruption fight that started two years ago
- The report contradicts the recent report that the US says President Buhari's agenda is working well with its own
A report by Reuters on Thursday, May 11, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-corruption war has stalled.
The report which looked into the nature of the fight against corruption in Nigeria by the current administration said President Buhari has achieved very little.
The report notes that some of the processes the administration is putting in place to prosecute the war are weak and not long-lasting.
The report notes for instance, that the anti-graft phone number that the government is advertising does not work.
It quoted a presidency official as admitting the problems with the phone line which he said was being switched off for an unknown reason while a new number was planned as part of a package of new measures.
This, the report said, is "an indication of how little progress President Muhammadu Buhari has made in tackling a problem he promised to address when he was elected two years ago".
The report, which considered the anti-corruption war as it affects the Nigerian aviation sector said only a little has been achieved.
It admitted that the government has done some work but said the results are often short-lived because of lack of adequate follow-up.
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The report said:"The government has fired customs and immigration officers accused of corruption, introduced staff rotation at passport and customs desks at Lagos airport to disrupt cozy networks, and set up the phone number to report demands for bribes.
"That didn't end a decades-long culture of corruption at the main gateway to Nigeria. But it did make officers more cautious as colleagues got fired...
"But airlines and cargo firms say the fight against corruption has since faltered and government work has slowed down."
The report is a total departure from the submission of an envoy of the United States of America who applauded President Buhari just earlier this week.
NAIJ.com had reported that the United States had said that it is pleased with the way President Muhammadu Buhari is governing Nigeria.
The US said on Tuesday, May 9 that the agenda being pursued by the current administration were in line with its expectations.
Nathan Holt, the Deputy Director of Office of West African Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State made the remarks on Tuesday from Washington, D.C. via teleconference on: ‘Nigeria, a critical U.S. partner’.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano, lambasting the Nigerian leadership for not showing any evidence that it is fighting corruption