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Report any official demanding bribe — Tinubu to Qatari investors

Report any official demanding bribe — Tinubu to Qatari inv

President Bola Tinubu has pledged that his administration will take a strong stance against corruption and indiscipline, particularly bribery, to ensure that potential investors maintain confidence in Nigeria's investment climate.

Tinubu disclosed this while addressing the Nigeria-Qatar Business and Investment Forum in Doha, Qatar on Sunday, 

He emphasized that his administration is committed to dispelling previous bribery stereotypes that have hindered collaborations with other countries. Instead, reforms aimed at enhancing Nigeria's reputation and standing among international partners are being prioritized.

“Forget about whatever you heard in the past,” Tinubu told the Emir of Qatar and other Qatari officials on Sunday.

“Whatever is the obstacle or problem that some of you might have experienced; it is in the past because there is no obstacle in the future.”

Accompanied by the foreign affairs minister Yusuf Tuggar, Tinubu instructed Qatari officials not to offer or accept bribes from any Nigerian official.

The Nigerian President also gave the Qataris the option of contacting him directly to report any citizen pressuring them for financial inducements.

“Do not offer a bribe to any of our people, and if it is requested or taken from you, report to us. You will have access to me,” he stressed in a statement released by his aide, Ajuri Ngelale.

“Nigeria will no longer be defined by the past, but by what we do now and moving forward. Do not let perceptions become a hindrance to your will to invest,” Mr Tinubu told the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

“Your funds will flow smoothly into and out of our country. Bring your investments,” Tinubu said in a statement to persuade the Qataris to invest in Nigeria’s economy.

Tinubu's recent emphasis on fighting corruption comes on the heels of his prompt suspension of Betta Edu, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, just two months ago, amid allegations of corruption.

In a leaked memo, Edu was revealed to have requested the transfer of N585 million allocated for poverty alleviation in Akwa-Ibom, Cross-River, Lagos, and Ogun states into the UBA account (2003682151) belonging to Oniyelu Bridget Mojisola.

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