At the just concluded World economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry addressed the issue of corruption; applauded Buhari for his back to back fight to foster transparency in the Nigerian system and finally on behalf of the U.S government, pledged support for Buhari’s administration.
John Kerry starts off by defining corruption as a promoter of global instability and declining social development. He also expressed his views on the delayed success in quenching Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. He emphatically identified corruption as a major weakness that hampers progress in defeating this sect.
Very specifically, he expressed his shock and dismay over the ‘arms deal’ case and the daunting level of fraudulence in the system. Without mincing words, he pointed out that the arms deal was a major factor that encouraged the Boko-Haram sect to perpetuate worse evils in Nigeria. He refers to the exposed guilty personalities and government officials as “crooks who are stealing the future of their own people”.
In line with that, he praised the President’s unrelenting efforts to retrieve what was stolen from the national coffers and stashed in “ostensibly legitimate financial institutions around the world.”
“When Nigeria’s President, Buhari, took office last spring, he inherited a military that was under-paid, underfed and unable to protect the Nigerian people from Boko Haram. One reason is that much of the military budget was finding its way into the pockets of the generals. And just this week, we saw reports that more than 50 people in Nigeria, including former government officials, stole 9 billion dollars from the treasury,”- John Kerry
As a sign of his commendation, John Kerry assured Buhari of United States’ support for his administration in the fight against corruption. Going further on he says,
“We have to acknowledge in all quarters of leadership that the plagues of violent extremism, greed, lust for power, and sectarian exploitation often find their nourishment where governments are fragile and leaders are incompetent or dishonest,”
John Kerry couldn’t be more correct with this statement as is the case in Nigeria and recently in Burkina Faso. Terrorism easily finds its way into vulnerable and weak governments as they made it obvious with the terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso’s capital; he finally urged all hands to be on deck in the country so that the much desired anti-corruption system will be a closer reality.