The Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has boasted that he would be leaving office in 2023 with a legacy and a reputation of an anti-corruption crusader, with a pledge to support efforts to eradicate corruption in Nigeria and across Africa regardless of his position in or out of office.
Penpushing reports that, Buhari said this when he spoke in his recorded remarks played at an anti-corruption forum co-organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) and other anti-corruption agencies on Thursday in Abuja.
The President who has less than one year to leave office, at the event organised to mark the 6th African Union (AU) Day of Anti–Corruption in commemoration of the adoption of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC).expressed pride in his legacy of fighting corruption
“Distinguished participants, ladies and gentlemen we must continue to fight for the benefit of the present and future generations. Our youths have nowhere to go and live with dignity but in Africa. As I am leaving office next year, I am proud to leave behind a legacy of fighting corruption among others’, he said.
“Personally, I abhor corruption and I will render my best in or out office to get rid of corruption in Nigeria and Africa in general. I urge our youths to join me in this noble cause. My fellow African leaders let us work together at whatever level to get rid of corruption in Africa’, Buhari added.
“Posterity will judge us right if we deal with corruption as appropriate. It is imperative to kill corruption in Nigeria and Africa. It will give our citizens a better life. I must admit that the fight has not been a bed of roses. Truly, a lot more work on many fronts is required. For example, civil and public servants must be ethical and professional at all times. The private sector must contribute to curbing corruption.” the president said.
Penpushing also reports that, Buhari acknowledged that the battle against corruption has not been easy, pointing out hat much work still had to be done in the areas of asset recovery, prosecution, conviction, and arrest as well as anti-corruption laws.
“The international community needs to close safe havens. The judiciary requires more impetus. Perhaps, an International Anti-corruption criminal Court is needed. Family and religious values have to be upgraded, and schools have a lot of work to do for a better society’, he stated.
Penpushing reports that he called for the esablishment of an International Anti-Corruption court to try offenders, a proposal Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) had suggested to the administration since its early days of its coming on board.
The President urged his counterparts in Africa to intensify the fight against corruption and create more disincentives for the pilfering of public funds, and also charged them to empower and allow the Anti-Corruption agencies to deliver on their mandates.
“We must get rid of corruption in Africa if the continent is to realise its full potential. I have come to realise that nations in Africa have. Our youths have no place to go and live with dignity but in Africa. Establish International Anti-Corruption Court’, he told counterparts
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