ABUJA, October 13 – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has lauded Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to confronting corruption.
The UN agency welcomed the decision by the African Union to unanimously endorse him as its anti-corruption champion.
Following the decision in July, the Nigerian president, who has introduced a zero-tolerance policy on corruption in his administration, is expected to lead an African Union summit on anti-corruption next year.
“This appointment is a welcome recognition of President Buhari’s own efforts against corruption in Nigeria and a sign of Africa’s determination to rid itself of a crime that blights development and progress,” UNODC stated.
The organisation said it remained a staunch ally of Nigeria and the AU.
It expressed the hope that fighting corruption would lead to greater economic growth and prosperity for all African people.
Nigeria, along with dozens other countries, will take part in the Seventh Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption, to be held on November 6-10.
The conference brings together over 1 000 representatives of member states, academics, anti-corruption practitioners and civil society to discuss strategies to tackle corruption.
Buhari, a former military ruler, was elected in 2015 on a campaign premised on eliminating corruption in the graft-plagued West African country.