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President Buhari Receives U.S Secretary of State John Kerry, Pledges to Institutionalise Anti-Corruption war | Photos

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President Buhari Receives John Kerry2President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday pledged that the anti-corruption crusade in the country would be deepened and institutionalized to last beyond the life of the current administration.

President Buhari made the pledge when he received U. S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, at the State House, Abuja.

The president stated that his administration was laying down administrative and financial instructions in the public service that must be obeyed.

“We will insist on the standards we’re establishing.

We are laying down administrative and financial instructions in the public service that must be obeyed. Any breach will no longer be acceptable.

We will re-train our staff so that they understand the new orientation, and those who foul of these rules will be prosecuted, no matter who is involved.

But, we will be fair, just and act according to the rule of law.

Anyone perceived corrupt is innocent till we can prove it. We will work very hard to establish documentation for successful prosecution, and those in positions of trust will sit up,’’ he said.

Buhari appreciated the intervention of the U.S before the 2015 polls, demanding free and fair elections in Nigeria, saying, “America did not do it because of what it stands to benefit from us. You did it for the Nigerian people. It tells so much what the U.S stands for in the world”.

On Boko Haram insurgency, he thanked the U.S. for its “hard and soft military help”.

“The training and intelligence that we could not muster ourselves, we received. The training has made Boko Haram less of a threat to Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region, while the military hardware has given our troops added confidence,” he said.

The president said that though militancy in the Niger Delta had impacted negatively on the economy and affected positive intentions of international and local investors, government had showed restraint to use of real force.

On the economy, he assured that the focus of his administration was on the diversification “having learnt our lessons from years of over dependence on oil”.

In his remarks, Kerry commended the courage of Buhari in fighting corruption.

“We applaud what you are doing. Corruption creates a ready-made playing field for recruiting extremists.

You inherited a big problem, and we will support you in any way we can. We will work with you very closely.

We don’t want to interfere, but will offer opportunities as you require,” Kerry said.

He pledged his government’s determination to assist Nigeria in tackling the humanitarian challenges in the North-East, adding that U.S. would get Britain, France, and others “to augment the support”.

“Nigeria is priority for us. We won’t miss the opportunity to work together, because you are making significant progress,” he said.

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3 Comments

  1. nwa nna

    August 23, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Sai baba speaking out of both sides of his mouth! You cannot say you are fighting corruption yet people like Danbazzua & COAS Burratai are given a clean bill when there’s strong evidence they benefitted from funds meant to fight Boko .. Mbanu, oyi isi Nigeria

  2. Seriously

    August 23, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Buhari, what are your plans to build the economy. People are suffering. I don’t want to hear any more crap about corruption if you don’t actually prosecute any of the alleged corrupt officials.

  3. Lacey

    August 24, 2016 at 5:13 am

    The truth is Buhari is fighting corruption. Over the last 25 years Nigerian corroded. like rusted iron! If the US thinks he is on the right path,as corruption was overly endemic! I guess Nigerians should be mad at the leaders who stole like mental patients! They practically left an empty treasury behind! The whole world has economic issues right now and the most important move is curbing that excessive stealing first!Now Nigerians should focus more on how they will cultivate their own food and depend more on home products. Nigerians currently do not have any business with the dollar! The Naira is the exchange medium,so no need for lamenting the rate of the dollar to the Naira!Nigerians should wean off the dollar !.

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