President Buhari is AU’s Anti-Corruption Champion 2018
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari will at the weekend, be inaugurated by the African Union, as the first Anti-Corruption Champion for the year 2018 in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.
Presidential Media Aide, Garba Shehu disclosed in a statement that the president’s inauguration is in recognition of the massive decline in corruption in public services since Buhari took office in 2015.
He further disclosed that the inauguration will hold at the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of AU with the theme “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”.
“Although the AU has appointed and mandated Champions for a number of concurrent matters of interest to the continent, this is the first the problem of corruption is getting this sort of attention.
“It is equally significant, for both the President as a person and this country as a whole that the heads of African states settled for President Buhari to lead this war, an honest leader with very few, if any parallels on the continent when it comes to personal qualities of honesty, integrity and the abounding will to fight corruption.
“It was therefore not surprising that on July 4, 2017, at the 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, African leaders unanimously endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari to champion the fight against corruption in the African Union.
“The endorsement is, in addition, a recognition of the President Buhari administration’s commitment and glowing success in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
“The 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of AU in January 2018 will meet under the theme “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation” and President Buhari is expected to play a lead role”, the statement reads.