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UK backs Nigeria’s anti-corruption fight


•‘President’s foreign trips, CBN’s forex policy for good of nation’

The United Kingdom is fully behind President Muhammadu Buhari in the ongoing efforts by his administration to rid Nigeria of corruption, its Minister for International Development, Nick Hurd, has assured.

Hurd told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday that fighting corruption was critical to transforming the country’s future.

“We have been very active in supporting President Muhammadu Buhari`s campaign against corruption in Nigeria and we think it is fundamental to transform the future of the country.

“We fully support priorities that the President has given to tackling corruption in Nigeria.

“We feel that corruption is absolutely the right priority and we want to support him in that, “ he added.

The minister urged the Federal Government to focus on public sector reforms aimed at making corruption unattractive to workers and the public.

Meanwhile, the son of former premier of old Western Region and erstwhile chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Niyi Adegbenro, has backed the foreign trips embarked upon by the President, saying such international engagement was needed to reposition the nation’s economy.

Adegbenro, who has now quit partisan politics, told reporters at the weekend in Abeokuta, Ogun State that ongoing moves by Buhari and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to revive the nation’s economy need wholesale support.

He described as “unwarranted” the criticisms against the travels, recalling that former President Olusegun Obasanjo embarked on similar trips in the early stage of his administration which “led to the successful debt relief for the country.”

Adegbenro said the President’s international engagement was in Nigeria’s best interest, adding that he was optimistic that it would soon yield positive results.

“Let us give Buhari the opportunity as far as I am concerned. I am not saying he is a messiah, but he is a redeemer.”

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