Igbo group drops Biafra, endorses Buhari’s anti-corruption fight

By Samuel Ita, Calabar

 

A group, the Ndigbo Unity Forum (NUF), has thrown its weight behind the anti-corruption campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

A statement signed by the Forum’s President, Augustine Chukwudum, made available to the media on Thursday stated that the decision was reached, “After a meeting scheduled to discuss the ongoing ‘War Against Corruption’ by President Buhari’s administration, we have resolved to use this medium to indicate our support to the President on his daring approach to his anti-corruption crusade.

 

“For the past six months NUF has been studying political events and approach by this administration to pressing issues affecting us as a people and the desperate need for change. The more pressing among these issues are insecurity, corruption and unemployment rate. So far, we commend the efforts to stabilize the economy and set it to the right direction.

 

“Although NUF as well as many Nigerians expected more from the Buhari’s administration in this very short period, considering the time it took to appoint ministers etc, we also understand that political factors may hinder rapid change.”

 

They urged Nigerians to exercise patience with the administration and expect to feel some changes as the years go by.

 

They also urged the President to promote policies that will empower the youths with finance and entrepreneurial skills to help them be self-employed, eventually become employers.

 

“We particularly urge President Buhari to create a political atmosphere where the three arms of government run independently with the rule of law strictly adhered to.

 

“He should make more efforts in ensuring that the victims of Boko Haram are properly rehabilitated and catered for and their children reenrolled into school.

 

“He should avoid being partisan in the fight against a corrupt system and thrive to build stronger institutions and not individuals. Individuals will leave but the Institution will remain, this has been a major mistake of previous administrations.

 

“He should also encourage professionals, industrialists, business men and women and the youths to get involved in this process of change thereby attracting a new set of politicians with much better and corrupt-free pedigree,” the statement read.

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