In the quest to adequately prosecute corrupt suspects, President Muhammadu Buhari has solicited for establishment of special courts to speed trials of corruption officials to accentuate the seriousness of his administration in the anti-corruption war.
While hosting the Council of South-East Traditional Rulers, led by their Chairman, His Royal Majesty, Eze Eberechi Dick, who is also the chairman, Abia State Traditional Rulers Council, at State House, Abuja, on Thursday, December 1, Buhari lamented on the endless nature of some ongoing trials.
“We are asking the judiciary to clean itself. Nigerians are tired of waiting. They want some actions. We want Nigerians to know we are serious.”
He also expressed hope that the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and Attorney-General of the Federation would come to some form of agreement by which specially designated courts would give accelerated hearing to some pending corruption cases.
The President further reiterated that the level of corrupt practices among officials was becoming a culture and norm at the time he assumed office in May, 2015, adding that his administration remained committed to fighting corruption, improving security and salvaging the economy, in spite of current challenges, stressing that those were key priorities of his government.
Buhari, who also received the new US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. William Stuart Symington and his wife, commended the United States for the timely intervention with a visit of the Secretary of State, John Kerry, to Nigeria before the 2015 elections, which helped in ensuring peace and stability in the country.
Speaking further, he said the target of reversing the culture of corruption in Nigeria had received support from the citizens, with many realising, from the ongoing investigations and prosecutions, the depth of damage done by these corrupt suspects under the previous administrations.
President Buhari pledged to work hard to further strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Nigeria, assuring that President-elect Donald Trump would also be interested in the well-being of Nigeria.