African leaders confident about Buhari anti-corruption moves

By Timothy Choji, Abuja


The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo says he is confident that President Muhammadu Buhari will do well in his task of helping Africa fight corruption because he has the experience and capacity to do so.

He stated this while speaking to Journalists at the just concluded 30th summit of the African Union.

President Akufo-Addo commended President Buhari’s address at the summit; as he called on the Presidents of member countries to rally round President Buhari to enable him succeed in carrying out the role assigned to him by the AU.

“The statement made by President Buhari is exactly what this organisation, the AU needed to hear. I’m very happy about it and I’m hoping that the rest of us will support the recommendations and processes that he has initiated,” he said.

It would be recalled that President Buhari was made the champion of Africa’s fight against corruption at the 30th AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Some participants at the just concluded 30th AU summit also expressed confidence that with President Muhammadu Buhari leading the continent in the fight against corruption, the needed result will be achieved.

According to the Head of South-Sudan’s International Organisations, Mr John Duku, President Buhari is the right person to lead Africa in that regard. He noted that corruption has done a lot of damage to Africa.

“As South Sudan, we are very happy with the efforts of President Buhari in the fight against corruption in his country Nigeria, As AU all of us need to embrace whatever effort he is starting and as the youngest country in Africa, South Sudan will like to learn from the experience and effort of President Buhari. Corruption is bad because it denies young people the opportunity to go to school, denies us the opportunity to even build schools, even denies us Africans the opportunity to connect ourselves and for food security in Africa so we believe that the fight against corruption is a good one that should be won,” he stated.

Mr Duku used the opportunity to call of African leaders to impose strict sanctions on rebels causing disaffection in some African countries.

“We believe that with somebody as Paul Kagame as the new Chairman of AU, there will be peace and stability, But I want to also say that Africa has achieved a lot in instilling democracy by condemning cases of coup d’état. I want to also say that rebels should also be condemned and be treated as coup plotters,” Mr Duku stated.

Similarly, an Italian, Mr John Franco, who heads a nongovernmental organization, sees the fight against corruption as a worthy course. He also said corruption is a global problem.

“I think the issue is a very crucial one, corruption is a very big problem in the world; in Africa and also in Europe,” he said.

Likewise, a UN Envoy, Dr Morissanda Kouyate described corruption as the cancer of development in Africa. Dr Kouyate who hails form Guinea, also said President Buhari is the right person to lead Africa’s fight against corruption.


Lateefah Ibrahim