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Liberian President Mrs Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has called for the full implementation of laws passed by various countries to check graft and terrorism.

Speaking at the opening of a three-day seminar on “National Development: The Challenges of Global Economic Crime,’’ organised by Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday in Abuja, Johnson-Sirleaf said that Liberia had gone beyond the systematic structure in the anti-graft war and has placed transparency on the front-burner.

Johnson-Sirleaf said that Nigeria should  live by example in the fight against corruption on the continent and with its leading role in Africa, it should take the lead in the anti-corruption war for other countries to follow.

She said corruption constitutes a major impediment to national development, and erodes confidence in government and acts as the enemy of development.

“We have to develop a rigid mind in fighting corruption, a reform institution must be put in place’’ she said.

Johnson-Sirleaf urged the EFCC to collaborate with civil society organisations in the fight against corruption.

According to her, religious institutions, community leaders, the private sector and the citizens should all be involved in the war.

“We must teach our people to learn how to live with what they have,’’ she added.

By Darlington Micah