Buhari Asks African Youths To Lead, Win Fight Against Corruption

President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged youths in Africa to lead and win the fight against corruption in order to reverse the negative trends in the continent.

The President said this on Sunday in Abuja during the African Youth Congress Against Corruption.

He added that success can be achieved in the war against corruption in Africa if the youths harness their energy towards the fight.

“The young people of Africa, this fight against corruption is for you to lead and to win. In order to reverse the negative trends of corruption and its implication for Africa.

“The youths of Africa must use their energy to effectively ensure that our natural and mineral resources remain on the continent for value addition, job and wealth creation as well as to create affordable healthcare and quality education for our people.

“Winning the fight against corruption is very much in your hands,” he said.

He also charged the youths not to compromise but implement the declaration of African leaders on the imperatives of investing in the continent to develop anti-corruption curricula for campaigns in schools, businesses and public space.

The 2018 African Youth Congress Against Corruption is a two-day summit attended by leaders and youths across Africa.

Those in attendance include Rwanda President Paul Kagame, represented by Mr Anastase Murekezi; AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Minata Samate Cessouma; Representative of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), among others.

President Buhari was recently named the anti-corruption champion for Africa during a meeting of African Union in January this year.

Bill Gates Commends African Youths Innovation

Bill GatesPhilanthropist and Founder of Microsoft, Mr Bill Gates, says the power of the youths in Africa should be harnessed and their ability to drive innovation must be encouraged and given an opportunity to thrive.

He was the keynote speaker at the 14th Annual Nelson Mandela Foundation Lecture in Pretoria, South Africa, where he acknowledged some young Africans who have created groundbreaking innovations.

Mr Gates identified economic, social and health challenges prevailing in the continent as some of the factors that could hinder their development and that of the future of Africa.

He emphasized the need for African leaders to multiply the talents for innovation by the whole of Africa’s growing population, and that depends on whether all of Africa’s young people are given the opportunity to thrive.

“Nelson Mandela said poverty is not natural, it is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.

“We are the human beings that must take action and we have to decide now because this unique moment won’t last.

“We must clear away the obstacles that are standing in young people’s way so that they can seize all their potential.

“If young people are sick and malnourished, their bodies and brains will never fully develop. If they are not educated well, their minds will lie dormant. If they do not have access to economic opportunities, they will not be able to achieve their goals,” he said.