Nigeria winning war against corruption – US special rep to Muslim communities

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and US president Barrack Obama

Nigeria is on the path to winning the war against corruption, a top United States (US) representative who is on a visit to Africa’s most populous nation has said.

Shaarik Zafar, the US Special representative to Muslim countries was speaking at an inaugural workshop on anti-corruption in the northern city of Kano.

The state owned News Agency of Nigeria quoted him as saying, “I am optimistic that if corruption is tackled, a lot of good things will follow; the trend is positive for Nigeria, based on the commitment.”

He also emphasized that the success of Nigeria was the success of the US, hence the commitment by the government to ensure that Nigeria’s fight against corruption is supported in all means possible.

“Nigeria’s success is America’s success, hence our decision to work with government, civil society organisations and religious groups to prevent corruption.”

He added that “as I said, I have a global mandate. So, I will encourage a continued focus by religious leaders on the critical challenge of combating corruption. This is not only because of their moral voice but because religious leaders speak a common language with their communities.

“They also have incomparable access, unique network and level of respect that can help in this common battle against corruption and to promote accountability.”

The workshop tackles the role of religious communities in working to combat corruption, promote accountability, and encourage transparency. He is billed to meet the Emir of Kano and the State governor before moving to the administrative capital, Abuja.

In Abuja, Special Representative Zafar will meet with religious and community leaders and learn of their current challenges and opportunities.