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Former Head of State, retired Gen. Yakubu Gowon on Tuesday in Abuja lauded the efforts and determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to rid the country of corruption.

Gowon made the commendation while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

He identified corruption as one of the main challenges facing the country.

According to him, president Buhari deserves the support of all Nigerians to enable him transform the country to an enviable position.

"These are some of the issues we talked about, one appreciates his efforts and determination to rid the country of corruption, which is one of the problems that held the country down and has created serious setbacks to the country, both nationally and internationally.

"And then of course the current situation about the Chibok girls and the efforts the government is making to rescue them.’’

He said the government needed to get credible information about the whereabouts of the abducted schoolgirls and also those that would assist the government in securing their release.

"I believe that the government is certainly determined to ensure that these girls are brought back home safely as soon as possible.

"To achieve that, certain credibility must be established of our sources on information on their location, but as at yet, no one knows where these girls are, and all these information that you have been getting, I don't know their sources.

"But, all efforts at engaging the international media and sources are necessary so that this matter can be resolved once and for all,’’ he added.

Gowon also saluted the Federal Government’s efforts towards achieving peace in the Niger Delta region, hoping that normalcy would soon be restored in the areas.

"So, very soon, with the efforts the government is making to get things back to normal, making contacts with the Avengers and other aggrieved militants in the Niger Delta, who are creating havoc there, we hope that all will be well soon."

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