Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari who is currently at the 31th AU summit holding in in Nouakchott, Mauritania, called for the release looted assets, without the usually long technicalities involved in the process of repatriation.
President Buhari who is also the African Union Chairman, spoke on theme of the year, ‘Winning the Fight against Corruption, A Sustainable Path to Africas Transformation’ in his introductory remarks, shortly before the commencement of the debate on the African Anti-Corruption Year.
The Nigerian President who highlighted the anti-corruption efforts of the union in his remarks, said;
“We must all collectively work to place high on the agenda the need for open and participatory government, as well as the repatriation of stolen assets without procedural technicalities and legal obstacles”.
“During the last 6 months, we have engaged in multi-sectoral dialogue with a broad range of actors including parliamentarians, national anti-corruption agencies, civil society, media, youth and women groups and development partners. We have convened three (3) different regional Consultative Workshops in line with my campaign programme in an effort to sensitize our people on the evil effects of corruption on our societies. These workshops will be extended to other regional blocs as we continue the fight against corruption in a bid to transform our continent.”
“I plan to convene the African Youth Congress in Abuja within the next quarter, and we will be working with the Chairman of the African Union, His Excellency, Paul Kagame and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, to organize an Interactive Dialogue on the theme at the next session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York during the high level segment.”
President Buhari who also thanked other African Heads of State and Government for their support, also called on all other Member States that are yet to ratify the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption to take all necessary measures, to sign and ratify it with a view to achieving its universal ratification during this calendar year as the Republic of Mauritius just did, becoming the 40th State Party to the Convention.
One of the highlights of the meeting, was meeting with Nigeria’s former Cordinating Minister of the economy and author of ‘Fighting Corruption is Dangerous’ Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Here is their photo below;