President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with members of the diplomatic communities to join him in the fight against corruption which he said is the single biggest menace to Africa’s development.
The President, who hosted Ambassadors and other foreign missions in Nigeria to breaking of the Ramadan Fast today, Tuesday, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said: “we shall count on your support to tackle corruption headlong, in order to bring about development, prosperity and well-being of our people.
“As I mentioned in my inaugural speech; if we do not kill corruption, corruption will kill us. Corruption undermines development and impedes democracy and the rule of law.”
President Buhari recalled that during the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa held in January this year, the AU launched the theme for the year 2018 winning the fight against Corruption: a sustainable path for Africa’s Transformation and endorsed him as the AU Champion for the year.
He expressed appreciation to leaders of other countries across the world for the support and peaceful co-existence which has contributed, in no small measure, to deepening the bonds of friendship and the subsisting cordial relations.
He stressed that positive relationship had contributed in helping his government towards the attainment of the key pillars of his administration which are diversification of the economy, good governance (anti-corruption) and security as well as the core objectives of the 2017-2020 Economic Recovery and Growth plan (ERGP).
“You may recall the efforts of the Government in tackling the problem of insecurity since the inception of this administration in May 2015. The Government made every effort to contain the Boko Haram insurgency which bedevilled the country. I am happy to note that, at the moment, the Boko Haram insurgents have been degraded and normalcy gradually restored in the affected areas as we embarked on the task of rehabilitation and reintegration of the affected communities.”
Buhari assured the diplomatic corps that his government is making every effort to bring the issue of insurgence to a complete end, adding that his government will continue to collaborate with the country’s neighbours under the multilateral Joint Task Force to curtail the movement and operations of terrorist across the borders.
“With peace comes development. As you are aware, this administration has taken bold initiatives to reposition the Nigerian economy on the path of sustainable growth and development. In the preceding years, Nigeria has continued to witness political stability and economic prosperity as acknowledged by World Bank 2017 economic rating on Ease of Doing Business Index for 2018.
“I wish to assure Your Excellencies that we remain committed to creating enabling environment to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) and boost private sector engagements between Nigeria and your respective countries.”