Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, on Tuesday told President Mohammadu Buhari and other African leaders, that they should in addition to fighting corruption, add value to the life of Africans.
He, therefore, called on the president and other leaders to add value, create wealth, while fighting corruption, and not merely to fight corruption.
Kagame who described President Buhari as AU’s anti-corruption champion, expressed his appreciation of the Nigeria’s president drive against corruption.
The Rwandan president made the remarks at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) summit in Abuja.
He said, “There is one of your own [Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala], 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 continued.
“I also want to mention here, that President Buhari is AU (African Union) champion in the fight against corruption, and we thank you.”
According to highly respected Rwandan leader, corruption must be fought from top to bottom, using four key principles: “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.
Research, he said, has shown that “the biggest sources and beneficiaries of corruptions are outside of Africa”.