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Buhari Laments ‘Corruption Is Fighting Back Vigorously’, Worried Over Renewed Niger Delta Militancy

ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that the anti-corruption war is tough and grueling, lamenting the crime is fighting ‘’vigorously back’, yet, assured that the battle would be won.

While meeting with American Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, Wednesday, on the margins of conference on climate change, COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco, President Buhari said corrupt people had accumulated a formidable arsenal of illicit wealth, which they were now deploying against the government on diverse fronts.

“But it is a war we are determined to win, and which we will win.

“People of goodwill are behind us, countries like America and many others are with us, and we will surely win’’, ” President Buhari affirmed.

Mr. President also updated Mr. Kerry on the war against insurgency in the North-east of Nigeria, efforts being made to tackle humanitarian problems caused by the insurgency, informing that a presidential committee had been launched “under Gen T.Y Danjuma, a man of high integrity.”

Speaking on the militancy in the Niger Delta area, which manifests in the sabotage of critical oil and power installations, President Buhari informed that the engagement process was proceeding apace, regretting that it was rather difficult bringing the main protagonists of the insurgency under one umbrella.

The President told US Scribe that Nigeria was happy with American support on different fronts, assuring that the economic challenges facing the country were being “frontally tackled’’ and the country would overcome them soon.

Secretary Kerry expressed delight at the many successes of the Buhari’s administration, pledging that U.S would continue to support in a bid to overcome security, humanitarian, political, and economic challenges.

As the Barrack Obama administration exits next January, Kerry said he would love to continue engaging with Nigeria, even in a private capacity. He described President Buhari as a strong international partner in the battle against violent extremism.

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