Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama has declared that Nigeria remained steadfast in the fight against corruption and called for close collaborations to fight the menace to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Onyeama stated this at an event on “Building Interactive Coalition against Corruption to Achieve the SDGs” co-hosted by Britain, Denmark and Nigeria on the margin of the UN General Assembly.
The minister decried that Nigeria had suffered from the severe effects of corruption, leading to the loss of billions of dollars to foreign havens since independence.
He regretted that these huge sums of money were stolen and expatriated by corrupt officials and their accomplices.
According to him, however, Nigeria recognises the importance of collective commitment to winning the fight against corruption and every form of impunity.
“From the onset of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, fighting corruption has been one of the three pillars of the administration’s priority programmes.
“Buhari demonstrated zero tolerance for corrupt practices by combating corruption head-on. The administration has not strengthened all relevant institutions to fight corruption in all its forms and manifestations.
“It has also introduced a new anti-corruption strategy, which was launched in 2017,” he said.
Onyeama said the National Assembly had passed several legislations and was currently debating others in its efforts to combat corruption, adding that “Nigeria now has the ‘Whistle Blowing Policy’.
“Nigeria remains steadfast in the fight against corruption and this common goal we share is within reach.
“What is required is close collaboration with all stakeholders and a concerted focus to ensure that our commitments in the anti-corruption campaign are achieved.”