Rwandan President Paul Kagame has urged African leaders to add value to human lives while fighting corruption even as he identified equitable resource allocation as a panacea to festering corruption in Africa.
Kagama was a participant at a sunnit hosted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as part of activities marking the June 12 Democracy Day in Abuja.
“This is a fight that can be won; tolerating corruption is a choice, not an inevitability. It is within our power to end it. That is the most important starting point, otherwise, it will be a waste of time to keep talking about it.
“Corruptions does not take decades to eradicate once we decide to break the habit. We have to set our sights high, it is not enough to fight corruption just as merely fighting poverty, it is too small an ambition for Africa. We want to create value, we want to create wealth and not merely fighting corruption, said the Rwandan leader.
Kagame, who noted that President Buhari is the African Union’s anti-corruption champion, appreciated him for his drive against corruption , describing him as the African Union’s champion in the fight against corruption.
He said corruption must be fought from top to bottom, using four key principles: “culture, responsibility, accountability and effectiveness”.
“We must discard the myth that corruption is endemic to particular cultures. It is a universal weakness, not an African one and it is not part of our destiny as a continent.’’
He said research has shown that “the biggest sources and beneficiaries of corruption are outside of Africa.”