The Africa Network for Environment & Economic Justice (ANEEJ) has expressed delight at Nigeria’s appointment as chair of anti-corruption agencies of Commonwealth countries, describing it as a vote of confidence by the Commonwealth and the rest of the world on the anti-graft efforts of both the Nigerian government and civil society organisations.
It would be recalled that last January, Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, was named as the 2018 African Union’s Anti-Corruption Champion during the 30th AU Summit in Addis Ababa. The award was in recognition of President Buhari’s commitment to fighting corruption in Nigeria since coming into power in 2015.
“Getting appointed into these high levels of international and intercontinental positions is no piece of cake. For Nigeria, these appointments are a true reflection of the interest and the confidence which Africa and the rest of the world reposes in Nigeria’s effort to rid itself of the cankerworm of corruption,” says a press statement signed by ANEEJ’s executive director, Rev David Ugolor.
Ugulor commended Nigeria stride in entering into several international treaties with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) “to track, trace and freeze” all funds siphoned away by corrupt government officials adding that “to strengthen Nigeria’s anti-corruption drive, the National Assembly need to work assiduously to pass two key bills – the Mutual Legal Assistance, MLA, and the Proceeds of Crime Bills.”
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