Thursday, April 15, 2021

Anti graft war: Nigeria has a long way to go – UK envoy


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The ongoing fight against corruption by the Muhammadu Buhari administration is sending the right signals to the international community, but a lot needs to be done to record the needed success, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has said.

Mr Arkwright said in spite of the commendable steps of the administration in tackling the scourge, Nigeria has a long way to go.

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He said this while interacting with journalists on the sidelines of the public presentation of a 41-page report of a research work code-named “Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions” in Abuja.

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The Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, came up with the report with a view to better understanding how certain corrupt practices persist in Nigeria and how they can be tackled, carried out the report.

Mr Arkwright, who lauded the administration’s efforts, said the British government remains one of Nigeria’s strongest partners in the quest to ensure that corruption was eradicated in the country.

“The government of Nigeria is doing the right thing in sending a very strong signal that corruption is not acceptable.

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“It is engaging internationally including with my own country when it comes to return of looted assets. It is also making public commitments but you know, there is still a long way to go.

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“The UK is ready to shoulder with President Buhari and his government in tackling this,” the envoy said.

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