Abuja - Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara has said that money laundering will soon be history as the three tiers of government had intensified efforts to curb corrupt practices in the country.
Yari stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.
He said that the ongoing fight against corruption by the Buhari’s administration was a clear indication that the era of criminal diversion of government's money into private pockets had come to an end.
"We should know that this country is our country. We cannot have any other country that we will have the freedom to move around aside from Nigeria. So, we are the people that are going to make it a better country."
"The problem is that we travel abroad and we see how they do their things but when we come back, it becomes a problem to put it on the table and do the same."
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"When you travel abroad and bring out 2 000 dollars to pay on the counter, people will look at you and wonder how you got the cash in this cashless society," he said.
The governor stressed that all hands must be on deck to ensure a corrupt-free society, saying that President Buhari could not fight corruption alone.
"All of us need to put our hands on deck and make sure we support this government to fight corruption that leads to money laundering," he added.
Gov. Adams Oshiomhole, who also spoke to the correspondents on the trial of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, in a London court over money laundering, said he had been vindicated.
"For me, I don't think anybody should be surprised because the most favourable commentator on the Nigerian condition, the economy, the polity and society, everybody agrees that our economy was badly mismanaged over the past several years."
"I have not seen one commentator that disagrees. Even when they talk about re-basing and so what? Have you re-based the level of poverty? Have you re-based prosperity? Have you re-based unemployment? Have you re-based homelessness? Have you rebased hunger?" he queried.
The governor expressed satisfaction over the ongoing war against corruption in the country.
He said: "I'm the happiest person because I've been in government for seven years without being in power."
"I was in government, I could not call a commissioner of police and talk as a security officer, I'm haunted by all manners of persons."
"You kill the snake in Edo, they will put the snake on life support in Abuja and they keep harassing us."
"Now all those venoms are dead and buried. For the first time I'm excited and happy not just for personal benefit, but for the changes I'm beginning to see," he said.