Anti-corruption crusade makes Buhari popular – Envoy

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THE anti-corruption agenda of President
Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has
earned him popularity among the
international community, the Ambassador
of France to Nigeria, Denis Guaer, has
observed.
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Guaer told the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) in Abuja that the determination of
Buhari to fight corruption had been “his­
torical and commendable.
“Buhari presented the fight against
corruption as his main priority objective
and I think it is probably the main reason
why he was elected.
“It is also the reason why he has become
immediately so popular also abroad within
the international community.
“Everybody is thinking this president is
really willing this time to confront the
problem of corruption.
“I think Buhari is really trying and trying
very hard; it appears to me as a historical
effort to fight corruption.’’
Guaer also decried the humanitarian crisis
caused by Boko Haram insurgency in the
north-eastern part of the country, saying
the insurgency was partly due to corrup­
tion.
“This brings us back to the question of
corruption also. In the whole northern part
of Nigeria, public services are in a very
bad shape.
“Education and healthcare are in very bad
shape and this is a problem of
governance; resources have to be
rededicated to restore public services in
the whole northern Nigeria.
“That is difficult now because unfortunately
the revenues of Nigeria are down because
of the oil price and destruction of oil
pipelines,’’ he said.
He expressed concerned about reports that
people were starving in Internally
Displaced Persons camps, saying the
whole international community must come
to the aid of Nigeria.
“Concerning France, we are financing some
humanitarian aid programmes with the
International Organisation of Migration,
International Committee of the Red Cross,
Action Against Hunger and Doctors With­
out Borders,” he said.

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