Corruption Is Fighting; We Are Winning, Says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari with US Secretary of State Senator John Kerry. Photo: AFP

Andah John with agency reports

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari believes corruption is fighting back even as his government is determined to win the war.

Buhari made this known in a statement released Thursday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

The president gave the assurance at a meeting with the US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday, on the margin of the conference on climate change, COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco.

In the statement, Buhari said: “corruption is fighting back, vigorously”.

Corrupt people more desperate, says Buhari

The president said that corrupt people had acquired a formidable weapon of illicit wealth. He further noted that they are now more desperate towards the government. But the president remarked his administration’s resolve to win the war.

“But it is a war we are determined to win, and which we will win.

“People of goodwill are behind us. Countries like America and many others are with us, and we will surely win,’’ the president said.

The statement said Buhari updated Kerry on the war against insurgency in Nigeria’s north-east region. The president also discussed the efforts currently made to tackle humanitarian problems arising from the insurgency.

On the Niger Delta unrest, Buhari said the engagement process was proceeding rapidly. But he added that it was difficult bringing the main actors under one umbrella.

Nigeria commends US for support

According to the statement, Buhari expressed happiness with the US support on different fronts. He assured that the economic challenges facing the country are “frontally tackled’’.

Kerry expresses happiness

In his remarks, Kerry expressed delight at the many successes of the Buhari administration.

The US Secretary of State pledged continued support in Nigeria’s bid to overcome security, humanitarian, political, and economic challenges.

Kerry said he would love to continue engaging with Nigeria, even in a private capacity, as the Barrack Obama administration exits next January.

He described President Buhari as “a strong international partner in the battle against violent extremism.”

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