Corruption is one of the Greatest Evils of Our Time says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has declared corruption as one of the greatest evils of our time.

Buhari declared this in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant to on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu while formally launching the African Anti-Corruption Year 2018 at the opening ceremony of the 30th Ordinary Session of Assembly of Heads of State and Government of African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

According to him “Corruption 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.”

The President, who noted that Africa has made some significant strides in enacting legal and policy frameworks such as the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC) to address the vice, however, said the desired impact had been lacking.

He stated that, in spite of sustained economic growth on the continent for the past two decades, “public confidence has been eroded by a focus on short-term priorities and payoffs, propelled by corruption, which too often leaves projects uncompleted and promises unfulfilled.”

He further identified other negative effects of corruption such as dishonest Judiciary, fraudulent mindset as posing a real threat to national security, as well as eroding the development of a universal culture of good governance, democratic values, gender equality, human rights, justice and the rule of law.

Being saddled with the responsibility to champion the cause under the theme of the 30th AU Summit, “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation,” President Buhari thanked the African leaders for entrusting him with such a noble responsibility.

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