President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday, unveiled the “A, B, C of fighting corruption,” as part of activities to mark this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day.
Making the disclosure during the launch of the Africa Youth Congress Against Corruption, AYCAC 2018, at the State House, Abuja, the President said the ABC are acronyms that stand for action, building bridges and culture that does not tolerate corruption.
He said: “Let me share with you what I believe are the A, B, C of fighting corruption: “A” stands for ACTION. Let us all move from talk to action. I urge you to develop tangible projects in your communities to instil transparency and accountability of the highest standards.
“B” stands for BUILDING BRIDGES. The youths have a unique opportunity to spearhead the building of inter-generational and cross-sectoral bridges in our various communities. Often, fighting corruption requires partnerships with unlikely allies. Be open to exploring constructive partnerships with a wide base of actors.
“C” stands for CULTURE. So, let us cultivate and equip ourselves with African culture, right attitude and mindset change that will enable us to stand firmly against corruption. By so doing, accountability and change will begin with you and me.”
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Mr Buhari was this year named champion of the African Union, AU, due to his doggedness in the fight against corruption in the country.
Appreciating continental leaders, Mr Buhari noted: “The anti-corruption year of the African Union has been long and demanding. The year has also been filled with sharing of great lessons, promises and inspirations as well as some success stories on our journey to winning the fight against the evil of corruption.”
He continued: “To the young people of Africa, this fight against corruption is yours to lead and to win in order to reverse the negative trends of corruption and its implications for Africa.
“The youths must pool their energies to effectively ensure that our natural and mineral resources remain on the continent for value addition, job and wealth creation as well as to create affordable health-care and quality education for our people. Winning the fight against corruption is very much in your hands.”