The President–elect, Muhammadu Buhari, says he will kill corruption before it kills Nigeria when his administration takes off on May 29.
He also admonished state governors and other public officials to practice whatever they preach.
Mr. Buhari said this when members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Akwa Ibom Chapter, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Thursday.
He said the nation’s problems were not ethnic or religious, but corruption.
He said tackling corruption is third on his agenda, after insecurity and unemployment.
“So the point I want to make here is that the problem of Nigeria is not ethnic or religious, it is corruption,” Mr. Buhari said. “This is what we are fighting, that is why corruption is number three in my campaign.
“The first one is insecurity in the North-East and the Niger Delta where people are kidnapped and ransom is being demanded which people cannot afford.
“The second one is unemployment, 60 per cent of Nigerians are youths, most of them, whether they went to school or not, are unemployed and that is dangerous.
“So we have to get the issue of the economy right to make sure the jobs are made available and we should try to kill corruption before corruption kills Nigeria.
“Let us practice what we preach as well, whoever wins as a governor too has a lot of work to do because corruption is fast becoming a culture and to try to caution people is not an easy task but it must be done.
“I know you all represent various constituencies, please pass our message and give them hope that we’ll do our best in the interest of all.”