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Why FG Is Intolerant To Corruption—Buhari

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Posted: Sep 21, 2016 at 6:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


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ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration took interest in combating corruption because it held the prospect of significantly addressing the lack of job opportunities and deprivation that make Nigerian youths vulnerable to human traffickers.

The President said this at a meeting on Modern Slavery hosted by the Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Theresa May on the margins of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA71), at the residence of the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the UN.

“We are also investing more on infrastructure development, education and health for our people. When the results of our efforts become manifest the attraction of seeking greener pastures abroad will lesson,” he stated.

President Buhari in a statement by his media aide, Femi Adesina, commended the British Prime Minister for drawing the attention of the international community to such a serious matter to coincide with a time that the global focus is on migration and refugee crisis.

He, therefore, called for practical and innovative measures “to address all the modern day human tragedies.”

He noted that “more worrisome is the fact that human trafficking and modern day slavery has created a dangerous political economy. In consequence, this international criminality is defined by the activities of human traffickers that lure unsuspecting victims into forced labour, inhuman treatment, money laundering and prostitution.”

According to Buhari, Nigeria “is ready and willing to partner with other countries and international organisations to confront this phenomenon.

“We have a strong commitment to combating the menace of modern slavery, and will redouble our efforts to prohibit human trafficking, while providing succour to its hapless victims, “he said.

At the forum in New York, he assured his audience “to count on the support of Nigeria in dealing with this evil, which constitutes an unacceptable stain on human dignity and conscience in the 21st century.”

On measures taken by the country against the evil practice, he said the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Nigeria Immigration Service have taken steps to establish a joint operational Working Group to combat human trafficking and smuggling of migrants from the country.

“We are aware of the challenge for Nigeria, but our resolve to combat it is strong and unshakable,” the President declared.

The President was accompanied to the high-level meeting by Geoffrey Onyeama and Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau (rtd), the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Interior respectively.

Meanwhile, President Buhari has called on leaders of parties to the lingering conflict in South Sudan to honour the terms of the August 2015 Peace Agreement signed by them.

At the meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council on the Situation in South Sudan held on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA71),taking place in New York, the President described the unconditional implementation of the Agreement as the “cornerstone of peace and reconciliation” in that country.

He noted that whatever reservations that may exist against the agreement, “should under no circumstances be the pretext for failure to implement the Agreement.”

According to President Buhari, “It is regrettable that lack of unity and political progress” in South Sudan has remained a major obstacle to peace, stressing that “Africa and indeed the entire world had high hopes and expectations for South Sudan as an independent nation.”

He noted that recurrent conflict and political instability with grave human rights and humanitarian consequences have overshadowed any progress that might have been made towards South Sudan’s development.

In order to strengthen the peace process in the beleaguered East-Central African nation and newest member-state of the United Nations, President Buhari stressed the need for stronger cooperation among the United Nations, the African Union and Intergovernmental Authority for Development and other stakeholders.

He said there should be immediate deployment of the Regional Protection Force in South Sudan, as mandated by Security Council Resolution 2304.

The President condemned in strong terms crimes against civilians of all ethnic groups and political parties and attacks on United Nations Mission personnel as well as local and international aid workers in South Sudan, noting that perpetrators of such heinous crimes “must not be allowed to go unpunished.”