Contrary to wide beliefs, Senate President Bukola Saraki, has defended his country stressing that Nigeria is not a corrupt country.
Though admitting that there were cases of corruption in the country, Saraki said he would rather prefer to market Nigeria than tag the country corrupt.
Speaking with BBC Hausa service, the Senate President said; “My take is that I must market my country, so I am not going to be able to label the country as such.
“Yes, there are issues that we must address, but I am not going to dwell so much on that 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 growth, because, without that, it will be difficult for us to be able to see the kind of growth that we are talking about. Government alone cannot do it.”
When asked if he had ever witnessed corruption before, the Senate President who is currently facing trial for false and anticipatory assets declaration said:
“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.”
The Senate President further said he acquired 95% of his wealth before venturing into politics, adding that his wealth is as a result of hard work and coming from a blessed family.
Bukola Saraki, who is standing trial for alleged corruption and false declaration of assets, expressed confidence that he would be cleared of the charges against him.
He also denied the tax evasion accusation highlighted in the Panama Papers, some documents which revealed the secretive offshore companies that influential personalities used to hide their wealth. His wife also appeared in those documents accused of registering a company offshore to buy a London property.