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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Buhari addresses UNGA on Corruption, Human Trafficking & more

President Buhari addressing UNGA

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, urged the international community to help curb and dismantle safe havens for proceeds from corruption. He also called on his counterparts to do more in returning all stolen funds and assets to their countries of origin.

President Buhari made the call while addressing world leader at the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. He also reaffirm his administration's determination end corruption and corrupt practices, stating that corruption, cross-border financial crimes, cyber crimes and human trafficking were major challenges of the 21st century, which the international community must work collectively to overcome.
Excerpt from President Buhari's speech below:

“Let me reaffirm the Nigerian government’s unwavering commitment to fight corruption and illicit financial flows. By any consideration, corruption and cross border financial crimes are impediments to development, economic growth, and the realisation of the well-being of citizens across the globe.

“Nigeria is ready and willing to partner international agencies and individual countries on a bilateral basis to confront crimes and corruption.
“In particular, I call upon the global community to urgently redouble efforts towards strengthening the mechanisms for dismantling safe havens for proceeds from corruption and ensuring the return of stolen funds and assets to their countries of origin.”
President Buhari also proposed the adoption of peace as a seventh essential element of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted last Friday by world leaders in New York.
The Secretary General has grouped the SDGs into what he calls six “essential elements” namely: Dignity, Prosperity, Justice, Partnership, Planet and People.
“As a prerequisite to these and as we look at history and remember the terrible events that gave rise to the birth of the United Nations in 1945, I would like to propose a seventh: peace.
“Peace  is close to the hearts of Nigerians, as we are in the front line in the war on terror.
“Boko Haram’s war against the people of Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon may not attract as much worldwide attention as the wars in the Middle East but the suffering is just as great and the human cost is equally high.
“This is a war between progress and chaos; between democracy and the rule of law.”
Boko Haram celebrates violence against the weak and the innocent and deplorably, they hide behind their perverted interpretation of Islam. Boko Haram is as far away from Islam as anyone can think of,” he declared.
President Buhari assured the global community that his administration was doing all within its powers to quickly overcome the challenges of terrorism and insecurity.
“The new Nigerian Government, which I have the honour to head, moved with dispatch to put in a bold and robust strategy to defeat Boko Haram. Nigeria and her neighbours Cameroon, Chad and Niger plus Benin are working together to face this common threat within the regional framework of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.
“We have established a multinational joint task force to confront, degrade and defeat Boko Haram. We have driven them away from many of their strongholds, killed or captured many of their operatives or commanders and freed several hundreds of hostages,” he said.
On Chibok girls, he said: “We are working round the clock to ensure their safety and eventual reunion with their families. The girls are constantly on our minds and in our plans,”.

“We in Africa are grieved to see hundreds of our able bodied men and women dying in the desert or drowning in the Mediterranean.
“We condemn in the strongest terms these people traffickers and will support any measures to apprehend and bring them to justice,” he said.
Noting that the world was witnessing a dreadful increase in conflicts fuelled by availability of small arms and light weapons, President Buhari called on the international community   to work towards  the effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty to ensure that small arms and light weapons can only be legally transferred.
Reminding the global assembly that peaceful co-existence and self-determination  were among the key principles that led to the establishment of the United Nations, Buhari  called for the urgent resolution of the question of self determination for the people of Palestine and Western Sahara.
“The international community has come to pin its hopes on resolving the Palestinian issue through the two – states solution which recognizes the legitimate right of each state to exist in peace and security.
“The world has no more excuses or reasons to delay the implementation of the long list of Security Council resolutions on this question. Neither do we have the moral right to deny any people their freedom or condemn them indefinitely to occupation and blockade,”.


  1. Nice speech. Buhari should carry go. But the truth is that I don't know who is deceiving who in this country. I will just sit and watch this change unfold.



  2. I pray he fight to the end. His enemies will not kill him, cos he will have lot of enemies because of the fight against corruption



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