A Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Olukunle Bamgbose has said Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria has changed the corruption narrative that the international community had about Nigeria.
Bamgbose in New York said that the development was a plus for Nigeria’s global image.
The permanent secretary also lauded the appointment of Buhari in January by the African Union to serve as the ‘Champion of the theme of the year’ for the continental body.
The AU has anti-corruption as its agenda for the year 2018 with the theme: ‘Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation’.
“The Africa region has recognised the fact that Mr President has taken the gauntlet to fight corruption in all its facets and I think that’s the first thing.
“African leaders will recognise you for who you are and I think that’s one recognition that they have given Mr President’’,Bamgbose said.
According to the PS, a lot of things that needed to be done were put in place at that Summit in January in Addis Ababa.
“But the most important thing is that unlike before when everybody saw Nigeria as a very corrupt country, I think the narrative has changed now with all the things that Mr President is doing in the country.
“Recently, there was the Executive Order that he also signed, where those who are found to be very corrupt would forfeit all their assets, including funds and buildings.
“It’s good because the narrative has now changed.
“Before, when they mentioned corruption, your heart will jump, especially if you’re a diplomat because you knew the next thing people would be thinking, is Nigeria.
“But that narrative has changed now with what Mr President is doing, which I think is a good thing and a plus for Nigeria.’’