Ex-US Secretary Of State Advises Buhari On Corruption

Ex-US Secretary Of State Advises Buhari On Corruption

Madeleine Albright, a former United States secretary of state, and Johnnie Carson, a former assistant secretary of state for African affairs, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to solve the problem of corruption in Nigeria.

In a jointly written piece “Why Change in Nigeria Matters to the World” published in the US-based magazine Time on May 28, the authors stressed that Buhari must fight corruption “because it is a poison in any democracy.”

Albright and Carson recalled that during his presidential campaign Buhari promised to address alleged multi-billion dollar corruption scandals, which stemmed from mismanagement of the country’s oil reserves.

“These kinds of scandals weaken Nigeria’s legitimacy both domestically and abroad. Its oil reserves are tremendous, but if mismanaged they threaten to undermine the country’s political authority.

“Corruption must be addressed at the institutional level by strengthening institutions such as the electoral commission, National Assembly, political parties and civil society organisations all of which have an important role to play in addressing corruption. Another priority will be improving the transparency of government bodies, such as the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation. The international community should also support the recovery of stolen assets,” they wrote.

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The authors noted that Buhari, as an anti-corruption crusader, would have to engage the support of the international community to move Nigeria forward.

“Buhari’s challenge will be to deliver for his people – because years of experience have taught us that while successful elections are necessary, they are not by themselves sufficient for a country to achieve real long-term economic and social progress. Put another way: People like to vote, but they also like to eat.

“To put the country on a road to better governance, increased security, and greater prosperity, President Buhari will need to bring Nigeria’s vast resources together to tackle a series of deep-seated, interconnected challenges and he will need the support of the United States and its partners to do so,” they wrote.

Albright and Carson stressed that Nigeria’s progress would be significant not only for the African continent and but for the whole world.

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“The stakes could not be greater, both for Nigeria and the world. With a population of roughly 180 million people and an economy expected to reach $1tn by 2030, the country is already a regional political and economic powerhouse and it is increasingly a global one as well.

“By 2050, Nigeria’s population is expected to surpass that of the United States, and its total population is projected to reach 900 million by the end of this century. This means that what happens in Nigeria will have a profound impact on the future of sub-Saharan Africa and the world,” they noted.

A few weeks ago Buhari stated that the nation’s problems were not ethnic or religious, but corruption. Therefore, he placed tackling corruption third on his agenda, after insecurity and unemployment.

Source: Legit.ng

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