Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ashraf Salama, has debunked the notion that Nigeria was corrupt, saying that “only a handful that lacks sense of belonging is corrupt.”
He said the toga of corruption is being projected and amplified by those in the international community who want to take advantage of Nigeria.
He stated this at the weekend when the AU ECOSOCC Nigeria representative and the Chairperson, Social affairs and Health cluster, Dr. Tunji Asaolu, paid him a courtesy visit at the embassy.
He said those amplifying Nigeria’s corrupt tendencies were doing that “because they want to hide the potential of Nigeria from other investors who may want to invest in Nigeria,” adding that the fight against insurgency had been won.
He said: “I am very sad that some Nigerians don’t even love their country. Nigerians are friendly, authentic and open, it is sad to see this beautiful country going through this hard time.
“On corruption, Nigerians are not corrupt, corruption is being perpetrated by very few minority who don’t have a sense of belonging and it is being amplified by some in the international community who know the potential in Nigeria and want to prevent other potential investors from knowing and coming to invest. They are doing that to take advantage of Nigeria.
“Egyptians kill themselves to go to Europe for work; Nigerian will travel to Egypt illegally to do prostitute, and do other things, and work badly; so we cannot let them in, some even go for mafia, taking arms from Lybia to give Boko Haram and all these lack of security need to be taken care off in advance.
“So, the main role of your office is how to find out the rate of development with other representatives of other countries to ensure that we are all working together and developing at the same rate, like the EU then we can start putting AU flag together with our countries because we all work together.”
Speaking earlier, Tunji said “Nigeria has very huge human resources capital and are ready to share experience with other nations.”
“And at the AU ECOSOCC we’ve been saying that development is not about the high rising building but about investing in people and infrastructure,” he said.