United States Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday described corruption as a dangerous crime, which must be tamed.
He added that corruption costs the world over $2.6trillion annually.
Kerry spoke at the palace of the Sultan of Sokoto where he delivered a speech titled: “The importance of resilient communities and religious tolerance in countering violent extremism’.’
He said: ‘’ This is money that can be used to improve the living standard and provide decent livelihoods for the people. Corruption is not only a crime, but very dangerous and it must be tamed.’’
The U.S. Secretary of State also acknowledged the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to holistically fight corruption, noting that the President was elected on the platform of clean government.
‘’Nigeria is already a regional leader in the fight against corruption. The country is also a role model in the ongoing global efforts to fight corruption,” Kerry said.
He acknowledged Buhari’s efforts to entrench morality, transparency, honesty and good governance in public life, noting that the President is also making efforts to recover all stolen funds.
Kerry stressed the need for the support of the military, other security agencies and the judiciary, among others, to ensure the success of the anti corruption campaign.
He said: ‘’ U.S. is also fully committed to fighting corruption and the entrenchment of good governance globally. One of Nigeria’s strength is diversity of culture and religious tolerance.
‘’ The former leaders of the defunct Sokoto caliphate and others like the late Sir Ahmadu Bello had stood by the virtues of peace,unity and tolerance.”