By Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students have declared support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.
The student body also said it supported the move to recover all funds stolen by corrupt former public officials and civil servants.
NANS made its position known in a statement made available to journalists on Tuesday by its Acting President/National Convention Chairman, Prince Miaphen.
The students noted that corruption had for long remained the bane of Nigeria’s development.
Noting that corruption breeds nepotism, incompetence, apathy and public infrastructure among others, NANS urged the President not to relent in the war despite criticism from some quarters.
The statement reads: “We strongly commend the zest and diligence of the Buhari administration in the war against corruption as it has made it resoundingly clear that indeed a new no-nonsense sheriff is in town and there is no hiding place for any former or present corrupt official.
“It further makes bare that President Buhari is a man that matches his words with commensurate action because the anti-corruption crusade was a cardinal part of his presidential campaign manifesto.
“We are fully aware that some trepid and disgruntled corrupt individuals and organisations are stopping at nothing to discredit and sabotage the ongoing war against corruption.
“Some say it is selective, claiming it is targeted at decimating the opposition. However, we are yet to see a single individual or organisation that is standing trial or being investigated for corruption under the current administration that has not had his fingers tainted with corruption.”
NANS urged Buhari not to be distracted by what it called the bickering of disgruntled politicians and public servants who would rather wish that the status quo of corruption be sustained.
It also urged all Nigerians to be wary of the antics of such people.