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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in London urged the international community to urgently create anti-corruption infrastructure and a strategic action plan to facilitate the speedy recovery and repatriation of stolen funds hidden in secret bank accounts abroad.

Speaking at the opening of the Anti-Corruption Summit hosted by Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron, President Buhari said that new measures against corruption that will be adopted by the summit should also include mechanisms that will assist countries like Nigeria to combat illegal activities such as crude oil theft to which, he said, Nigeria loses about $7 Billion annually.

“When it comes tackling corruption, the international community has unfortunately looked away for too long. We need to step up and tackle this evil together. That is why we have gathered here today. Corruption creates a system where resources are shared by a small elite while the majority wallows in poverty. Corruption also undermines the ability of countries to finance development.

I recall in this regard, the landmark Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the 3rd International Conference on Finance for Development held in January this year. A prominent feature of that global framework is the recognition that good governance and measures to combat corruption and curb illicit financial flows will be integral to the effort to attain sustainable development globally by the year 2050.

It is for this reason that my Government is determined to address illicit financial outflows which have served as a major impediment to progress in our country. I wish to reiterate our demand that the global community must come up with mechanisms for dismantling safe havens for stolen funds and facilitate the return of stolen assets to their countries of origin,” President Buhari said.

In his opening remarks at the summit, Prime Minister Cameron applauded President Buhari’s vigorous efforts to curb corruption in Nigeria.

Other speakers at the opening session included the President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim and the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry.

Read Buhari’s full statement HERE.

See Pictures of President Buhari at the Anti-Corruption Summit Below:

President Buhari welcomed by UK Foreign Affairs Minister, HugoSwire, on arrival for the Anti-Corruption Summit

President Buhari welcomed by UK Foreign Affairs Minister, HugoSwire, on arrival for the Anti-Corruption Summit

Muhammadu Buhari and John Kerry

President Buhari and John Kerry

R-L: JohnKerry, Muhammadu Buhari, Lagarde and Ashrafghani during the Leader's Breakfast at Lancaster House, London, today

R-L: JohnKerry, President Buhari, IMF Director, Christine Lagarde and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani during the Leader’s Breakfast at Lancaster House, London, today

@David_Cameron, PMB & Sec @JohnKerry at Opening Plenary of the London Anti-Corruption Summit, at Lancaster House

L-R John Kerry, David Camron, and Preident Buhari at Opening Plenary of the London Anti-Corruption Summit, at Lancaster House

President Buhari with Prince Charles and Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby at Clarence House, London, today

President Buhari with Prince Charles and Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby at Clarence House, London, today

PMB meets Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during the Anti-Corruption Summit at Lancaster House

President Buhari meets Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during the Anti-Corruption Summit at Lancaster House

President Buhari this afternoon held a Bilateral Meeting with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, in London

President Buhari this afternoon held a Bilateral Meeting with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, in London

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15 Comments

  1. Kemi

    May 12, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Dodgy Dave chameleon with smiles again

  2. IJustDeyLook

    May 12, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Definitely loving the optics of this event. Gen Buhari looks like a respected statesman. I just hope that these Wester nations would give back stolen funds. It is one thing call us corrupt but it’s another thing to aid that said corruption. Two sides to this issue yet they pretend like the latter issue doesn’t exist. Hypocrites!

  3. nene+

    May 12, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I am tired of this broken record sound coruption/corruption/corruption/corruption/corruption/corruption/ corruption/corruption/corruption/corruption. Isn’t it corruption that your wife spots 30 million naira Catier wrist watch, that your daughter flies first class BA of about 3.5 million, shop in gucci and chanel at Harrold, that you allowed corrupt politicians called APC governors to sponsor your campaigns? And you can’t pay workers 18k, doctors on strike? IDPS are hungry, Buhari what ever pocket money beyond 300 pounds as pocket money to your children per month is corruption! How much is your salary by the way? Any money spent above your salary is corruption!

    Stop this song of corruption of yours and return your estacodes! Sit your ass down and get to work! Buhari is as corrupt as Abacha, Tinubu, his pretext won’t save him! Show me your friends……….. in his mind I will nail Dasuki, FFK, Kanu, Ebun, Fayose , while the pretender shields Fashola, Atiku, Amaechi.

    • Dumebi

      May 12, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      Eya…pele o. You my dear will be alright

    • Nah

      May 13, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Looool. Lmao

  4. Aseey15

    May 12, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    The removal of fuel subsidy is a necessary hard choice. So
    Mr President we are absolutely ready to pay the price for
    Freedom from any savage parasitic reality. Let people talk
    the path to freedom is a difficult terrain and the price is
    sacrifice.
    #GOPMB

  5. nnenne

    May 13, 2016 at 12:57 am

    The fight for corruption is a just fight!
    Should it be fought fairly or selectively?
    Why is Buhari very selective with this fight?
    Why are some leaders untouchable?
    Does it mean their hands are clean?
    Is Buhari afraid of them because he has skeletons in his cupboard too?

    Time will answer these questions.
    History is not partial and it is not kind!!!

    • Nah

      May 13, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Those he is being “selective” about, did they or did they not steal? Continue defending thieves and looters because of party or tribal affiliations like they care about you.

    • nene+

      May 13, 2016 at 9:33 am

      That is the most stupid question to ask. Reverse it to those he is shielding did they steal or did they not steal??

    • Nah

      May 13, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Answer the question before asking me another question. Tribalistic bigot. Mschew

  6. neeka

    May 13, 2016 at 3:02 am

    who amongst us thought the European banks had a big fridge to freeze our corrupt leaders money stashed in Europe? that is when u were a child! … I was, I admit I really thought as a 7 year old when I heard money was frozen….but now I know better. our leaders are crazily corrupt, pple steal with impunity….but where does all the money go? to Europe. I don’t want to put all the blame on us, but by God…Europe has done us bad….we need to study our history. take time and read about Congo…the blood that has/ is being poured on the earth in that country….since Patrice Lumumba was killed….SMDH

    • Joke

      May 13, 2016 at 6:15 am

      Buhari isn’t deceiving anyone. His hands aren’t clean too.

    • Ephi

      May 13, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Lol @ 7 year old thinking money was frozen

      I read about Patrice Lumumba and why/how he was killed, and it made me realize the kind of disservice Europe has done to Africa. Meddling meddlers. Same way they meddled in Iraq, Syria and now it’s coming back to bite them in the butt.

  7. Nah

    May 13, 2016 at 7:36 am

    There goes two-faced Dave

  8. Prince

    May 13, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    One thing you can’t take away from President Buhari is his confidence, that boldness that I’ve got nothing to hide. I love the way John Kerry applauded him, I’m not #fantastically moved by Cameron’s speech though he tried hard to be nice but our dear Presido no get him time.
    If only these people can help trace our stolen funds and send them back to us, I trust Buhari to utilize it well

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