The United States Special Representative to Muslim communities, Shaarik Zafar, has expressed optimism that Nigeria’s ongoing anti-corruption war would succeed.
Zafar stated this during a news conference in Kano yesterday.
The U.S. envoy was in Kano to attend an inaugural workshop on anti-corruption for religious leaders.
According to him, if corruption could effectively be tackled in Nigeria, the country would witness fast socio-economic growth and development.
“I am optimistic that if corruption is tackled, a lot of good things will follow. The trend is positive for Nigeria, based on the commitment,” he added.
He noted that the U.S. government was committed to assisting Nigeria in the current effort to fight corruption.
He said: “Nigeria’s success is America’s success, hence our decision to work with government, civil society organisations and religious groups to prevent corruption.”
Zafar expressed confidence that the workshop, which was organised by the U.S. Department of State, would address how communities could work together to combat corruption, promote accountability and encourage transparency.
He also noted that religious leaders had a critical role in the anti-corruption battle.
“I have a global mandate. So, I will encourage a continued focus by religious leaders on the critical challenge of combating corruption.
“This is not only because of their moral voice but because religious leaders speak a common language with their communities. They also have incomparable access, unique network and level of respect that can help in this common battle against corruption and to promote accountability,” he stated.
The envoy said that during his stay in Nigeria, he would pay a courtesy visit to Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II.
While in Abuja, the envoy said he would meet with religious and community leaders in order to hear from them their current challenges and opportunities.