Whiles conceding that there is debasement in Africa similar to the case over the world, he went ahead to slam corrupt business practices which cause the continent to lose huge sums of money whiles people continue to live in poverty.
“I think the corruption of Africa is taken totally out of context, Africa is no more corrupt than any other place around us. For every African leader was corrupt, we have a 1000 European, American, Chinese business people who are corrupt, where are those guys?
“Why only talk about African corruption. What about the Chinese corruption, American corruption and European corruption? We need to be really fair in looking at this issue of corruption. What about companies not paying taxes in Africa?
“What about profit shifting, mis-pricing ? There is a whole lot of corruption around us. What about anonymous companies? Companies whose official ownership is not known, where people hide their stolen money.
“All that are issues of corruption, so all that need to be discussed and let’s get away from the scenario that only African leaders have a monopoly of corruption is not true,” he asked.
His corruption stance has thus far been consistent after he stated in April during the Ibrahim governance forum held in Marrakech. His foundation seeks to reward African leaders who hand over power democratically at the end of their tenures.