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President Muhammadu Buhari has called on African youth across the continent to join the fight against corruption by becoming its crusaders. .

Buhari said “this fight against corruption is yours to lead and to win in order to reverse the negative trends of corruption and its implications for Africa.” The president made the call on Sunday during the launch of the Africa Youth Congress Against Corruption (AYCAC2018), at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja. .

Buhari described corruption as once-hidden taboo and hydra-headed challenge that freezes the continent’s aspirations and dents the hopes of its youth for a newly emergent Africa. He said that the anti-corruption year of the African Union has been long and demanding, adding that year has also been filled with sharing of great lessons, promises and inspirations as well as some success stories on our journey to winning the fight against the evil of corruption.

“The youth of Africa must pool their energies 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 health-care and quality education for the people. “Winning the fight against corruption is very much in your hands,” President Buhari told the youth. .

He emphasised on the imperative of investing in the demographic dividends through anti-corruption, education and sensitisation campaigns, targeting young people as a means of bringing about behavioural change. .

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