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Buhari Calls For Global Action Against Corruption

Posted: May 13, 2016 at 4:11 am   /   by   /   comments (0)



President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday called for global collaboration in the fight against corruption, lamenting that the international community looks the other way when it comes to tackling the evil.

This is as David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, who earlier described Nigeria as one of the “fantastically corrupt” countries in the world, commended Buhari’s war against corruption.

President Buhari who delivered a keynote address at a Commonwealth event tagged, ‘Tackling Corruption Together: A Conference for Civil Society, Business and Government Leaders,’ held in London, reiterated his call to the international community to urgently create anti-corruption infrastructure and a strategic action plan to facilitate the speedy recovery and repatriation of stolen funds hidden in secret bank accounts abroad.

He said that the new measures to be adopted by the summit should include mechanisms that would assist countries like Nigeria to combat illegal activities such as crude oil theft, as Nigeria loses about $7 billion annually to the menace.

A statement by Femi Adesina, Presidential Spokesman, reads: ”When it comes to tackling corruption, the international community has unfortunately looked away for too long. We need to step up and tackle this evil together. That is why we have gathered here today.

“Corruption creates a system where resources are shared by a small elite while the majority wallows in poverty. Corruption also undermines the ability of countries to finance development.

“I recall in this regard, the landmark Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the 3rd International Conference on Finance for Development held in January this year.

“A prominent feature of that global framework is the recognition that good governance and measures to combat corruption and curb illicit financial flows will be integral to the effort to attain sustainable development globally by the year 2050.

“It is for this reason that my government is determined to address illicit financial outflows which have served as a major impediment to progress in our country.

“I wish to reiterate our demand that the global community must come up with mechanisms for dismantling safe havens for stolen funds and facilitate the return of stolen assets to their countries of origin.”

Other speakers at the opening session were Jim Yong Kim, World Bank President, and John Kerry, the United States Secretary of State.