- President Buhari assures Nigerians of his administration’s commitment to the fight against corruption within the ambit of the law
- He says he needs the support of the youth and the entire citizenry to succeed
- Senate celebrates as court affirms power to reject Magu
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, February 1, in Minna urged youths to join the anti corruption crusade to rid Nigeria of menace.
Buhari, represented by Prof Shehu Abdullahi, former vice chancellor, ABU Zaria, made the call at the 27th convocation of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
“I assure Nigerians of our commitment to fighting corruption within the ambit of the law.
“However, we need the support of the youth and the entire citizenry to succeed.
“To this end, I implore all students, most especially the graduands, to rededicate themselves as ambassadors in this moral crusade,” he said.
He called on the graduands to key into whistle blowing policy of the present administration as their own contribution to stamp corruption out of Nigeria.
According to him, corruption needs to be wiped out so that the country’s limited resources could be better and more effectively deployed to provide quality education, infrastructure and healthcare for the populace.
He also called on the youths to take active part in politics “as political leaders take decisions that affect them in many ways.
He said his administration was determined to address the challenges facing education sector, saying, ”it is in this direction that we released N23 billion for the payment of allowances to staff.”
The president, however, urged unions in higher institutions to show understanding in making demands to government and explore the round-table option instead of industrial action.
In his remarks, the vice-chancellor of the university, Abdullahi Bala, said 3,741 graduands were conferred with various degrees and diplomas.
Bala said that out of the figure, 3,096 received first degrees with 62 bagging first class; 1,006, second class upper; 1,526 second class lower; 468 third class and 34, pass.
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According to him, 426 receive masters degrees; 46 bagged doctorate degrees, while 173 others will be given post graduate diplomas.
Meanwhile, the Senate has said it has been vindicated on the rejection of the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Punch reports that the chairman of the Senate committee on media and public affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, who briefed journalists in Abuja on Thursday, February 1, announced that a Federal High Court had ruled that the upper chamber of the National Assembly had the powers to confirm or reject his appointment.
NAIJ.com gathered that Sabi-Abdullahi made a copy of the ruling available to journalists, a copy of which was obtained by Punch.
The EFCC stage a walk against corruption on NAIJ.com TV