Saraki Insists Nigeria Not Corrupt

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has insisted that Nigeria is not a corrupt country as widely believed.

Speaking with BBC Hausa service, the Senate President said he would rather prefer to market Nigeria than tag the country corrupt.

Admitting that there were cases of corruption in the country, Saraki said, “My take is that I must market my country, so I am not going to be able to label the country as such.

“Yes, there are issues that we must address, but I am not going to dwell so much on that because I need to market my country so that I can get private sector in flow.

“I must create an enabling environment that will encourage growth, because without that, it will be difficult for us to be able to see the kind of growth that we are talking about. Government alone cannot do it.”

On whether he had witnessed corruption before, the Senate President who is currently facing trial for false and anticipatory assets declaration said, “Of course there are, that is why we have oversight functions. Like many other countries, we have those kinds of challenges, but we have moved a long way.”