President Muhammadu Buhari appeals to nations to help return looted funds in their care. Buhari hints on his intention to partner with the AU chairperson to push the frontiers of the anti-corruption battle. He reveals his plan to meet with the African Youth Congress in Abuja soon.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday, July 1, in Nouakchott, Mauritania for the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government, called on nations where looted assets have been hoarded to release them without the usually long technicalities involved in the process of repatriation.
Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesperson, said President Buhari spoke during his introductory remarks as the leader of the African Union shortly before the commencement of the debate on the African anti-corruption year. President Buhari said: “That we must all work collectively 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 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.
Buhari also informed the gathering of his intention to partner with the AU chairperson to further push the frontiers of the anti-corruption battle. “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,” he said.
It was also gathered that President Buhari used the opportunity of the gathering to call 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.
Buhari thanked African heads of state and government for the continued support provided to him in driving and amplifying the African Union anti-corruption agenda. He said their unwavering support remains a strong source of strength and encouragement as we look forward to an even more vigorous second half of this year.