Senate President, Bukola Saraki has said that Nigeria is not a corrupt country.

The Senate President made the comments during an interview with Naziru Mikaliu of the BBC Hausa service.

Excerpts below:

Officials always talk about corruption; do you believe Nigeria is a corrupt country?

My take is that I must market my country, so I am not gonna be able to label the country as such. My view is that yes there are issues that we must address, but I am not gonna hammer on that so much because I need to market my country so that I can get private sector in flow.

I must create an enabling environment that will encourage that because without that as government alone, it will be difficult for us to be able to see the kind of growth that we are talking about.

Have you seen corruption for example taking place?

Of course there are, that is why we have oversight functions. Like many other countries, we have those kinds of challenges, but we have moved a long way.

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Saraki himself has been accused of corruption and is facing charges of false asset declaration before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).