Sunday, 8 May 2016

Pres. Buhari leaves for London for anti-corruption summit

President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to London on Tuesday to participate alongside other world leaders in an international anti-corruption summit which will be held in the British capital on Thursday. He will be accompanied by the Minister of Justice and AttorneyGeneral of the Federation, Alhaji Abubakar Malami and the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu. 

According to an Aso Rock statement issued yes- terday, Buhari “as an internationally recognised lead- er in the global fight against corruption”, will play a prominent part in the sum- mit which will be hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron of Great Britain with many other Heads of State and Government in attendance. It was learnt that Buhari will on Wednesday, ahead of the summit’s opening, deliver a keynote address titled:

 “Why We Must Tackle Corruption Together” at a pre-summit confer- ence of development partners, the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, Transparency International and other civil society groups. He has also been scheduled to speak at the opening session of the AntiCorruption Summit with others, including Prime Minister Cameron and the President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim; and will join other participating world leaders at special plenary sessions on the theme:

 Exposing Corruption, Tackling Corruption and Driving out Corruption. 

“In his address to the summit and interactions with other participating leaders, President Buhari will urge the international community to move faster on the dismantling of safe havens for the proceeds of corruption and the return of stolen funds and assets to their countries of origin. 

“The President will also reaffirm his administration’s unwavering commitment to the fight against corruption and the Federal Govern- ment’s readiness to partner with international agen- cies and other countries to identify, apprehend and punish corrupt public offi- cials”, the statement said. It added that before re- turning to Abuja on Friday, the President will have a separate meeting with Prime Minister Cameron to discuss ongoing NigeriaBritain collaboration in the war against corruption and terrorism, as well as other issues, including trade and economic relations between both countries.