Ghana's ex-president Rawlings counsels Nigeria on fight against corruption
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Ghana’s ex-president Rawlings counsels Nigeria on fight against corruption

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Ghana's ex-president Rawlings counsels Nigeria on fight against corruption

Former Ghanaian President, Jerry John Rawlings, on Thursday gave tips on how the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari can effectively fight the corruption menace in Nigeria.

According to him, African countries need to adopt a wise approach, and integrity in order not to allow the war against graft conflict with the lives of their citizens.

Rawlings stated this in Nigeria as a Special Guest of Honour at the 12th Annual Lecture organised by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, UIAA, Ekiti State branch.

According to the Ghanaian former president, the problem of Africa is leadership lack of character and “by character, I mean distinctive qualities that overcome the challenges we have as constituencies and organisations.”

Rawlings said, “Let’s learn to be gracious. I am sad over the mean behaviour of my fellow black men. African countries are plagued with several challenges such as agriculture, deforestation, bad economy, governance, education amongst others.

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“Transparency International shows that countries in the South South region of Africa failed to address corruption and that Ghana and Nigeria rate high in corruption indices. However, some leaders have the will but not the character to fight corruption. The fight against corruption in Nigeria calls for integrity and wise approach so that it will not conflict with the lives of the people.

“Nigeria has the pride and integrity. Most African countries cannot meddle with you people.”
He also warned against the heightening hate speeches across Nigerian on tribal grounds, which according to him are capable of throwing the country into ethnic and tribal warfare that will negatively affect the development of the country.

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