For us, fighting corruption is a must, Nigeria’s President Buhari tells Mbeki, ex-South African President

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Nigeria’s President Buhari with when he receives the former President of South Africa and Chairperson, AU High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, at the nation's Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday 4th October 2018.

By BASHIR ADEFAKA

 

“We must fight corruption frontally, because it’s one of the reasons we got elected,” President Buhari told his guest, adding: “We campaigned on three fundamental issues; security, reviving the economy, and fight against corruption. It’s the reason we got elected, and we can’t afford to let our people down.”

 

President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has again re-iterated his resolve to take the bull of anti-corruption fight in the Africa’s most populous country by the horns without looking back.

From Left – Right: President Buhari, former President of South Africa, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Malam Abubakar Malami (SAN), Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu and the Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, during the Mbeki’s visit.

He spoke as he paid host to a former President of South Africa, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, at the nation’s seat of powers, Aso Rock Presidential Villa, in Abuja, on Thursday.

“For this administration, fighting corruption is non-negotiable. It is a MUST,” President Muhammadu Buhari told the former South African Leader

Mbeki, according a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Chief Femi Adesina, heads the African Union High Level Panel on Illicit Flows from Africa, and he was around to give the President, who is the current Champion of AU Anti-Corruption Campaign, critical updates.

“We must fight corruption frontally, because it’s one of the reasons we got elected,” President Buhari told his guest, adding: “We campaigned on three fundamental issues; security, reviving the economy, and fight against corruption. It’s 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.

Nigeria’s President Buhari with L-R: Adv. Mojanku Gumbl, H.E. Thabo Mbeki and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami as he receives in Courtesy visit H.E. Thabo Mbeki Chairperson AU High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa in State House on 4th October 2018.

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 check of illicit financial flows.”

He said he was delighted that President Buhari touches 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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