President Muhammadu Buhari delivered a very passionate speech at the launch of the AFRICA YOUTH CONGRESS AGAINST CORRUPTION (AYCAC2018) on the 9th of December, at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.
He started by thanking the leader of the African Union and President of Rwanda, Paul Kegame, and other African leaders ‘for entrusting me with the leadership responsibility of championing the African Union theme of the Year – “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”‘
Here are five other remarkable things he said, particularly to the African youth, in a long speech:
1. Fight against corruption must be championed by the youth of Africa
“To the young people of Africa, this fight against corruption is yours to lead and to win in order to reverse the negative trends of corruption and it’s implications for Africa.”
2. African youth should focus on restoring traditional African values of probity, integrity, honesty, diligence and hard work.
“It is only when the youth drive this change, that corruption will be eliminated!”
3. He recognized some young African leaders who were present at the event and have been demonstrating the zeal and determination to build the Africa we all desire.
To Nigeria’s own Damilola Olawale, founder of Code IT, this is what he said:
I also enjoin us to celebrate our very own Nigerian – Damilola Olawale, founder of Code IT for using technology to give young people the tools to demand transparency in the management of public resources.
4. He shared what he believes is the ABC of fighting corruption:
“‘A’ stands for ACTION. Let us all move from talk to action. I urge you to develop tangible projects in your community to instil transparency and accountability of the highest standard.”
“‘B’ stands for BUILDING BRIDGES. The youth have a unique opportunity to spearhead the building of inter-generational and cross-sectoral bridges in our various communities.”
“‘C’ stands for CULTURE. So, let us cultivate and equip ourselves with African culture, right attitude and mindset change that will enable us to stand firmly against corruption.”
5. He closed his speech by quoting legendary Nigerian anti-corruption crusader, late Gani Fawehinmi:
“You do not justify your crime by a defence that there are other criminals”.