We are committed to fighting terror, corruption- Presidency

By Timothy Choji, Abuja


The Presidency says Nigeria will continue to seek global support infighting corruption and terrorism.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu disclosed this in a statement he issued on Wednesday.

He said: “The Nigerian government will continue its work at the UN- to fight against corruption and illicit financial flows, and international cooperation.

 “If we want to see stolen funds returned to their rightful home in Nigeria, the government must continue to campaign for and coordinate global action on asset recovery.

 The government will remain the leading regional actor in the fight against global terror – particularly against threats emanating from the Sahel. Through the Nigerian Technical Aid Corps programme, the country also shares technical expertise with countries from the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific.”

Environmental Protection

Shehu, whose statement is coming ahead of President Buhari’s participation in the annual United Nations General Assembly, also noted Nigeria’s commitment to the protection of the environment.

“At the same time, the administration is implementing a programme of environmental sustainability to combat developments which destroys Nigerian communities in vulnerable regions.

 “Only through the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development can we secure a prosperous future for Nigeria.

 “As the largest country in Africa, the government takes seriously its leadership role and will continue to strive for continental unity, cooperation, and shared prosperity.”

 While soliciting the support of the media, he said:

 “Our expectation is therefore   for the media to work with the government to focus attention on the core issues the President, the leader of the country has on his programme.”

The Presidential Spokesman also said government is fully aware of plans by some groups based abroad to blackmail the Nigerian government.

For Nigerian diaspora groups to use the world’s largest platform – the United Nations General Assembly – to garner attention to their causes is not unexpected.

 “It was, however shocking, to see “Yoruba Nation” advocates yesterday unequivocally throw their lot in with Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

“IPOB is a designated terrorist organisation. It has now publicly revealed a 50,000 strong paramilitary organisation.

 “It regularly murders security services and innocent civilians, with a significant uptick of violent attacks this year. And it is currently attempting to hold Nigerian states hostage with orders to stay at home under threat of terror.

 “Without doubt, Nigerians and the entire world will judge Yoruba Nation by the company it keeps.

 “No one can take seriously this organisation if it continues its IPOB association. When their allies systematically trample human rights, it raises sober questions about their claims to uphold the values of the UN.

 “The cooperation is a worrying development, once parsed with Yoruba Nation’s increasingly violent rallies in Nigeria.

Actions and associations speak louder than words. Yoruba Nation’s talk of human rights promotion must therefore be ignored.”






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