Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has blamed the international community for ignoring the fight against corruption for too long.
He painted a clear picture of the need to step up action to tackle corruption and described it as evil.
The Nigerian President said this at the opening plenary session of the anti corruption summit holding in London.
But let’s begin with Prime Minister, David Cameron, now infamous for his comments about Nigeria being fantastically corrupt in a private conversation with the Queen of England.
He says he is bitter because of a situation where countries which have rich natural resources cannot use it for the benefit of the people.
The British Prime Minister said that he would come up with a register that will expose who owns what in the United Kingdom so that corrupt people can be investigated.
He called on countries to get committed to transparent procurement process and code of conduct, adding that an international anti corruption center will be set up in London for asset recovery legislation by participating countries.
Also contributing, the United States Secretary of States, Mr John Kerry, described corruption as a battle that should be fought as an enemy.
He complained about a situation where tens of billions of Dollars are stolen from countries like Nigeria and stashed away in the United States and other countries – money that can be used to build schools for Nigerian children.
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Transparancy international also had its say on the matter. Responding to the recent comments by David Cameron, Cobus de Swardt, Managing Director of Transparency International said:
Transparency International warned that without real global cooperation and a deep sense of urgency on the need to fight corruption, the UK Anti-Corruption Summit will be just another talk shop with little impact.
“We want leaders to prevent corruption, punish the corrupt and protect those bold enough to speak out. We hope that world leaders will listen closely to the recommendations of civil society when deciding a way forward. Civil society represents the voice of the people, people who suffer the pain and indignity of corruption on a daily basis.”
“The UK Anti-Corruption Summit is too big an opportunity to waste. An ambitious and specific agreement on ending secrecy in the financial system, finding ways to stop the enablers of corruption and creating a safe environment for whistleblowers must be a priority for world leaders at this week’s meeting,” said José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International.
José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International, said:
“Exposing corruption is not enough. We need to stop impunity for corruption. The corrupt need to face the consequences of their crimes.
“We called on countries to be ambitious and concrete in their proposals to prevent and punish corruption and protect those who stand up against it. Some countries have risen to the challenge and others have not.
“As of today, six more countries will publish public registries of the real owners of companies, with another six committing to explore doing so. This would make it harder to hide, transfer and benefit from corrupt money.