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I was elected to fight against corruption – President Buhari

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki and President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday while receiving a former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja said that the anti-corruption war of his administration was not negotiable, adding that he was particularly elected to fight corruption.

Mbeki who heads the African Union High-Level Panel on Illicit Flows from Africa, came to update President Buhari, who currently champion the AU Anti-Corruption Campaign.

“For this administration, fighting corruption is non-negotiable. It is a must.

“We must fight corruption frontally because it’s one of the reasons we got elected.

“We campaigned on three fundamental issues: security, reviving the economy, and fight against corruption. It’s the reason we got elected, and we can’t afford to let our people down,” Buhari said, adding that his government was already making progress on the anti-corruption fight.

Former President Mbeki in his own remarks said that corruption was an African challenge that must be responded to just “as development challenges can only be met through the check of illicit financial flows.”

“We are pleased with the way you take up the matter. Countries need the political will to stop the illicit flow. Nigeria has shown a good example.

“The more we are showing that we are acting as Africans, the easier to get the rest of the world to cooperate,” Mbeki said.

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