There Won’t Be Corruption Under My Government, Tinubu Assures

The president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said his administration would put in place incentives and policies that would make corruption unattractive to Nigerian workers, especially, judges.

This was according to a statement issued by the Office of the President-elect, signed by Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, on Thursday, May 4, 2023.

The statement quoted Tinubu as making the assertions in Port Harcourt, during the inauguration of a Magistrate Courts Complex built by the Governor Nyesom Wike administration.

The event was part of Tinubu’s two-day visit to the state to inaugurate projects executed by the Wike government.

Tinubu explained that he was yet to assume office and could not commit to the expenditure of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

He stated this to clarify his earlier response to Wike’s request for refund on federal government road projects executed by the Rivers State government.

The president-elect pledged to accomplish all his campaign promises, as Wike sought support for the incoming federal administration.Tinubu said in the statement.

“You don’t expect your judges to live in squalor, to operate in squalor and dispense justice in squalor.

This is part of the changes that are necessary. We must fight corruption, but we must definitely look at the other side of the coin.

If you don’t want your judges to be corrupt you got to pay attention to their welfare. You don’t want them to operate in hazardous conditions.”Tinubu commended Wike for his foresight in providing judges and magistrates the best working and living conditions.

He noted that with such provision, the governor had shown sufficient support for the fight against corruption, particularly, in the judiciary.

He stressed that he was committed to the unity of Nigeria, vowing that all his political promises would be fulfilled while in office.The former Lagos State governor said,

“There can only be one president at a time. I cannot commit to expenditure on behalf of the outgoing president when I know my tenure has not started. Get educated, be informed, please.

“I really thank you for being my friend, I fulfilled the promise that I made to the people of Rivers State and that is all I intend to do in all policy formations coming up.“I promise Nigerians, the unity of this country is not negotiable. That is what Wike and I are promoting jointly.”The president-elect said lack of consumer credit that would make it easy for workers to acquire property, such as houses and cars, made them susceptible to corruption.

He added, “If you have consumer credit, that will reduce the propensity for corruption. We don’t want our judges to play foul, to compromise justice. I promise we are going to review all of these in a policy think tank.

“Tinubu reiterated his commitment to the unity of Nigeria, and promised to be fair to all.Earlier, Wike said the magistrates’ complex contained 24 courtrooms, offices and other facilities meant to decongest the State High Court Complex and expand access to justice. He said his administration considered welfare of judges and condition of courts essential for speedy justice dispensation.

Wike charged the state judiciary to ensure proper maintenance of the edifice for which financial provision had been made. He thanked the president-elect for accepting to visit the state and commission the projects.