President Muhammadu Buhari says the anti-corruption war is tough and it is fighting vigorously back but assured the international community that the battle would be won.
Meeting with the American Secretary of State, John Kerry, on the sideline of the conference on Climate Change, COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco, President Buhari said that corrupt people had accumulated a formidable arsenal of illicit wealth, which they were now deploying against the government on diverse fronts.
“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,” President Buhari said.
War against insurgency
He also updated Mr Kerry on the war against insurgency in the North-east of Nigeria, efforts being made to tackle humanitarian problems caused by the insurgency, informing him that a presidential committee had been launched under General T.Y Danjuma, a man of high integrity.
On the unrest in the Niger Delta area which manifests in the sabotage of critical oil and power installations, President Buhari said the engagement process was proceeding apace, adding that” it was rather difficult bringing the main protagonists of the insurgency under one umbrella.”
Secretary Kerry expressed delight at the successes of the Buhari government, pledging continued US support in the bid to overcome security, humanitarian, political, and economic challenges.
As the Barrack Obama administration exits next January, Kerry said he would love to continue engaging with Nigeria, even in a private capacity.
He described President Buhari as “a strong international partner in the battle against violent extremism.’’