President Muhammadu Buhari declared that Nigeria was committed to fighting corruption forever.
President Buhari emphasised that the country remained committed to the anti-corruption war “today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.”
He spoke in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he launched the African Anti-corruption Year 2018 during the opening of the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU, with the theme “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”
President Buhari described corruption as one of the greatest evils of the time which “rewards those who do not play by the rules and also creates a system of distortion and diversion thereby destroying all efforts at constructive, just and fair governance.”
He said despite the sustained economic growth on the continent for the past two decades, public confidence had been eroded by a focus on short-term priorities and payoffs propelled by corruption which, according to him, often leaves projects uncompleted and promises unfulfilled.
Buhari said corruption posed a real threat to national security as well as eroded the development of a universal culture of good governance, democratic values, gender equality, human rights, justice and the rule of law.
“It is evident that corruption has a devastating impact on marginalized communities especially the youth, women and children. Corruption breeds unequal societies, renders vulnerable groups prone to human trafficking, as well as recruitment into armed groups and militia. In effect, corruption deprives our young citizens of opportunities to develop meaningful livelihoods,” he added.