United States Secretary of State John Kerry (L) talks with the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar during his visit to his palace in Sokoto, on August 23, 2016.
Kerry, who is on a three-nation tour is in Nigeria to discuss counterterrorism efforts, the Nigerian economy, the fight against corruption, and human rights issues. / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Kerry in Nigeria: US$2.6T lost globally to corruption, annually

US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry said corruption has set the development of many African countries at bay, Nigeria included. Kerry was at the palace of the Sultan of Sokoto on Tuesday at the start of a two-days visit to Nigeria.

The top US official is in Africa to discuss regional security and terrorism. Kerry decried that no less than 2.6 trillion dollars is been lost to corruption annually globally. The United States Secretary who affirmed that such money could help in building the future for present and generations yet unborn, appealed to world leaders to all stand up against corruption.

“The fight against corruption has to be a global phenomenon. As corruption endangered everything that we hold dire and it undermine the entire country,” he said.

President Muhammadu Buhari was commended on his fight against corruption, just as he urged Nigerians to support him in his quest to bring to justice those that looted Nigeria’s resources. Kerry noted that progress against corruption will take Nigeria a long way in the journey of its front line role in Africa and help build public trust in government.

While divulging that everybody suffers the devastating effect of corruption, John Kerry submitted that corruption makes people vulnerable to the outside world leading to unexpected breeds of extremism.

“People join violent groups for a number of reasons. Some are misled by religious leaders. Others joined because they are frustrated and neglected. And when they do not have hope for the future, they certainly become vulnerable to the outside world,” he said.

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