Nigeria’s major problem is neither ethnic nor religious but corruption, which has remained endemic and entrenched, said President-elect Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigeria’s Christians, especially those in the troubled northeast, have expressed concerns over the election of the former military ruler, who once endorsed the full implementation of sharia (Islamic law) throughout the country, which is equally split between the mainly Muslim north and Christian south.

Speaking to a delegation of his All Progressives Congress (APC) party, Buhari said his government (which will take office on May 28), would rather kill corruption than allow it to kill Nigeria.

He urged Nigerian leaders to practice what they preach, “because corruption is fast becoming a culture and to try to control people is not an easy task, but it must be done”.

The Nation