Rwandan President, Paul Kagame has advised President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders to refocus their efforts and passion on creating value and wealth rather than fighting corruption endlessly.
Speaking on Tuesday at an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) summit in Abuja, Kagame congratulated Buhari on his victory at the last elections and said Nigeria must share resources equitably so that every Nigerian can join the fight against corruption.
“There is one of your own (Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala) who wrote a book titled ‘Fighting Corruption is Dangerous’. So she gave me the book and as I was looking at the title…
“I reminded her and said you need to be thinking of writing another book to state that not fighting corruption is even more dangerous.
“This is a fight that can be won. Tolerating corruption is a choice, not an inevitability. It is within our power to end it. That is the most important starting point, otherwise it will be a waste of time to keep talking about it.
“Corruptions does not take decades to eradicate once we decide to break the habit. We have to set our sights high. It is not enough to fight corruption just as merely fighting poverty.
“It is too small an ambition for Africa. We want to create value, we want to create wealth, not merely fighting corruption,” Kagame said.
While lauding Buhari’s crusade against corruption, he added: “President Buhari, I wish to give you our very warm congratulations on your re-election and best wishes for the entire Nigerian people on the road ahead.
“I also want to mention here, that President Buhari is AU (African Union) champion in the fight against corruption and we thank you.
Kagame said corruption must be fought from top to bottom using the four key principles of cullture, responsibility, accountability and effectiveness, advising that the myth of viewing corruption as an African epidemic should be discarded.