Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has received Thambo Mbeki, former President of South Africa, and told the visitor that the on-going fight against corruption is non-negotiable and “a must”.
Mbeki heads the African Union High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa and he was in Abuja to update Buhari about panel’s assignment.
Buhari said: “We must fight corruption frontally, because it’s one of the reasons we got elected.
“We campaigned on three fundamental issues; security, reviving the economy, and fight against corruption. It’s the reason we got elected, and we can’t afford to let our people down.”
In his remarks, Mbeki said corruption was an African challenge that must be responded to, “as development challenges can only be met through the check of illicit financial flows
“We are pleased with the way you took up the matter.
“Countries need political will to stop the illicit flow. Nigeria has shown good example.
“The more we are showing that we are acting as Africans, the easier to get the rest of the world to cooperate.”