– President Buhari says the federal govt is committed to winning the anti-corruption fight
– Buhari disclosed that Africa loses about 50 billion dollars to illicit financial flow annually
– He also called for the mobilization of African Union member states to implement the convention on combating corruption
President Muhammadu Buhari says the federal government is committed to winning the war against corruption in Nigeria.
Buhari said this in New York at the African Union High-Level Dialogue with the theme: “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation,’’ NAN reports.
We note that the president was unanimously endorsed by AU leaders in January to champion the commission’s theme for 2018.
Buhari commended African leaders for the honor bestowed on him to champion the course of fighting corruption in Africa in 2018 and beyond.
The president, however, urged African leaders to also remain committed to the fight against corruption to ensure rapid development of the continent.
According to Buhari, Africa loses about 50 billion dollars to illicit financial flow annually.
“Illicit financial flow out of the continent has become a major concern because of the scale of its negative effects on economic development and governance agenda.
“Some of the effects of corruption include draining of foreign exchange reserves, reduction of tax revenue collection, poor investment inflow and escalation of poverty,” he said.
He said that efforts were being made by African leaders to checkmate the illicit financial flow from the continent
Buhari said that one of the measures necessary if Africa was to make headway in the fight against corruption, was to evolve laws and policies which encourage transparent financial transactions.
He said that another measure was to ensure implementation of measures that would mitigate the incentive that facilitate the illegal outflow of funds from the continent.
The president called on the leaders to organize African youth conferences against corruption in order to sensitize the youth on the fight against corruption.
He also called for the mobilization of African Union member states to implement the convention on combating corruption.
The president advocated the strengthening of the criminal justice system against corruption and boost exchange of information sharing best practices in the fight against corruption.