President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday told former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, that his administration was resolute in its resolve to fight corruption.
Mbeki heads the African Union High Level Panel on Illicit Flows from Africa, and he came to the State House to give critical updates to the president, who is the current Champion of AU Anti-Corruption “For this administration, fighting corruption is non-negotiable. It is a must. We must fight corruption frontally, because it’s one of the reasons we got elected,” President Buhari said.
In a statement by his special adviser on media, Femi Adesina, Buhari told his guest: “We campaigned on three fundamental issues; security, reviving the economy, and fight against corruption. It is the reason we got elected, and we can’t afford to let our people down.”
Noting that the government was making progress on the anti-corruption war, “and not just talking,” the President said he was very pleased with the assignment the former South African President was carrying out for the African continent. He submitted that when Africa is vigorous with the war against corruption, “we will eventually appeal to the conscience of the rest of the world.” In his remarks, former President Mbeki said corruption was an African challenge that must be responded to “as development challenges can only be met through the checks of illicit financial flows.” He said he was delighted that President Buhari touched on the issue in most of his speeches, with the most recent being at the United Nations General Assembly last week.
“We are pleased with the way you take up the matter. Countries need political will to stop the illicit flow. Nigeria has shown good example. The more we are showing that we are acting as Africans, the easier to get the rest of the world to cooperate,” Mbeki said.
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