President Buhari to attend anticorruption meet in London

President Buhari

A statement issued on Saturday by the presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, which described the President as an internationally recognised leader in the global fight against corruption, disclosed that he will play a prominent part in the summit.

The statement noted that Buhari would head of the summit’s opening, deliver a keynote address titled, ‘Why we must tackle corruption together’ at a pre-summit conference of development partners, the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, Transparency International and other civil society groups on Wednesday.

Adesina also disclosed that the President is one of the world leaders scheduled to speak at the opening session of the Anti-Corruption Summit with others, including Prime Minister Cameron and the President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

He added that Buhari would thereafter join other participating heads of state and government at special plenary sessions on exposing corruption, tackling corruption and driving out corruption.

According to the statement, “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 Government’s readiness to partner with international agencies and other countries to identify, apprehend and punish corrupt public officials.

“President Buhari’s delegation to the Summit will include the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Alhaji Abubakar Malami and the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

“Before returning to Abuja on Friday, May 13, 2016, the President is expected to have a separate meeting with Prime Minister Cameron to discuss ongoing Nigeria-Britain collaboration in the war against corruption and terrorism, as well as other issues, including trade and economic relations between both countries.”

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