- Former President,Olusegun Obasanjo has called on African nations to wage a war against against corruption which he says, has risen to an alarming level.
- Obasanjo made the call while delivering a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the First International Conference of the African Studies Association of Africa, ASAA, held on Wednesday in Ibadan, Oyo State, southwest Nigeria, adding that one of the main challenges for the African continent was corruption.
- The former president cited an example of Enugu State during his tenure as president when the state government obtained a loan of $8 million to establish a Carpet Industry, but that the money was spent without the ground for the project ever cleared, lamenting that the money was part of the debt the nation had to pay.
According to Obasanjo, “today, the corrupt is venerated. The impression that Africans have a cultural disposition to be corrupt is a travesty of the truth. We are hospitable but hospitality is different corruption,” he said.