- President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration is bent on fighting corruption in the country
- Buhari said this on Thursday, October 4, during his reception speech in honour of South African former leader, Thabo Mbeki
- He further said that since the war against and victory over corruption was part of his campaign promises in 2015, he cannot afford to disappoint Nigerians
President Muhammadu Buhari, during his reception speech in honour of South African former leader, Thabo Mbeki, on Thursday, October 4, said that the anti-corruption war of his administration was not negotiable.
Speaking at the presidential Villa, Buhari said that it was a compulsory for him to fight graft because that was one of the reasons he was elected into power in 2015, Punch reports.
Mbeki, who heads the African Union (AU)'s high-level panel on illicit financial flows from Africa, was in Nigeria with the aim of giving Buhari, who is the current champion of AU anti-corruption campaign, some updates.
The President said since his campaign promises to Nigerians included fighting corruption, he cannot fail the people.
He said: “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.
“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.”
Acknowledging that the government was making progress on the anti-corruption war, “and not just talking,” Buhari said that he was satisfied with the assignment the former South African President was carrying out for Africa.
The president made it clear that when Africa is serious with the war against corruption, “we will eventually appeal to the conscience of the rest of the world.”
On his part, Mbeki stated that corruption was an African challenge that must be responded to, “as development challenges can only be met through the check of illicit financial flows.”
Commending the president for addressing the all-important issue at the United Nations General Assembly recently, Mbeki said: "We are pleased with the way you take up the matter. Countries need the political will to stop the illicit flow. Nigeria has shown a good example.
“The more we are showing that we are acting as Africans, the easier to get the rest of the world to cooperate.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received a former leader of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, chairperson African Union (AU) high level panel on illicit financial flow from Africa.
Mbeki arrived the Presidential Villa in the afternoon of Thursday and was led to the office of the president. He is one of the African leaders who have visited President Buhari in 2018.
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