President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame has described President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria as the anti-corruption champion of the African Union. Kagame further called on all leaders to rise up and fight corruption, noting that the scourge is not peculiar to Africa.
The Rwandan President made his submission while speaking at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) summit in Abuja on Tuesday.
Kagame, who congratulated President Buhari on his election victory for a second term in office, called on other African leaders, not to only fight corruption, but to also add value to human life.
In his words;
“There is one of your own, 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.”
“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,” Kagame added.
“I also want to mention here, that President Buhari is AU (African Union) champion in the fight against corruption, and we thank you.”
Kagame also identified four key principles which can be used to fight corruption as: “culture, responsibility, accountability and effectiveness”.
“We must discard the myth that corruption is endemic to particular cultures. corruption is a universal weakness, not an African one, and it is not part of our destiny as a continent.
He added that “the biggest sources and beneficiaries of corruptions are outside of Africa”.