United States of America Secretary, John Kerry arrived Nigeria yesterday in a State visit and was received by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Aso Rock, Abuja.
While briefing the John Kerry, President Buhari said the administration’s fight against corruption is been institutionalized to stamp out impunity.
He said “We will insist on the standards we’re establishing. We are laying down administrative and financial instructions in the public service that must be obeyed. Any breach will no longer be acceptable,” the President was quoted as saying.
“We will retrain our staff so that they understand the new orientation. And those who run afoul of these rules will be prosecuted, no matter who is involved. But we will be fair, just and act according to the rule of law.
“Anyone perceived corrupt is innocent till we can prove it. We will work very hard to establish documentation for successful prosecution, and those in positions of trust will sit up.”
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) August 23, 2016
On the side of the visiting Secretary, Mr Kerry applauded the administration for work done so far and reaffirmed that the United States will always be ready to offer needed support, when called upon.
He said “You inherited a big problem, and we will support you in any way we can. We will work with you very closely. We don’t want to interfere, but will offer opportunities as you require.”
He also pledged to assist in tackling the humanitarian challenges in the north-east, adding that his country would get the UK, France, and others “to augment the support”.
“Nigeria is priority for us,” Kerry was quoted as saying.
“We won’t miss the opportunity to work together, because you are making significant progress.”