What Buhari told world leaders at UN Assembly


President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday night assured world leaders that the capacity of government agencies in Nigeria was being strengthened to institutionalize reforms that would ensure transparency and good governance.

The president said this while presenting Nigeria’s statement at the 71th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA71) in New York, U.S.A.

The theme of the ongoing 71th session of the UNGA is “Sustainable Development Goals: a Universal Push to Transform the World”.

Mr. Buhari said that fighting corruption remained a cardinal pillar of the current administration in Nigeria.

According to him, corruption freezes development and undermines the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He, however, expressed delight that the anti-corruption campaign of his administration had started yielding positive dividends, including significant recovery of stolen assets.

“The recovered funds are being channeled towards the development of critical infrastructure and the implementation of social inclusion programmes for our people,” he added.

President Buhari said Nigeria remained committed to achieving the SGDs, which underscored the imperative “for our collective will towards finding enduring and sustainable solutions to addressing global disparities”.

He said Nigeria would continue to call for speedy and unconditional recovery of illicit assets stashed abroad.

“Nigeria supports the development of an international legal framework to enforce anti-corruption measures and strengthen existing international institutions to effectively deal with corrupt practices,” he said.

While acknowledging that Nigeria is not spared the adverse effects of the current global economic downturn, Mr. Buhari said his administration remained undeterred and had embarked on comprehensive diversification reforms by shifting emphasis to non-oil sectors.

“Our strategic objective is to stimulate the economy, restore growth and accelerate recovery.

“In doing this, we are taking measures to reduce the cost of governance and increase expenditure on infrastructure and ensure environmental best practices,’’ he said.(NAN)

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  • Foreign Observer


    This is a disgrace – a total disgrace. Nigeria is a smelly excrescence on world history.
    The world would be a better place without such a shameless country on the map.
    Look at the 74-year-old man called Buhari going to address U.N on STEALING.

    That’s all his contribution to the United Nations in that speech – STEALING.

    He flew for 13 hours to go and tell the world Nigerians are chronic thieves.
    Buhari then told the world that his government is fighting its rogue populace.
    He expects a round of applause for all that and for this public self-disgrace.

    • Babrutus

      He he lied about it? Stealing?

    • Etta Vincent Osang

      He spoke the truth….it is what has brought us to this sorry state….again what has age got to do with good governance which we desire

    • Olu from South Africa

      The groom forever!

    • FreeNigeria

      Don’t mind the brain dead president and his fake corruption fight. How many politicians has been sentenced to jail since the inception of this administration?

      • Alhaji

        Babangida, Atiku, Gusau, Sanusi, Nyako, Yuguda, Saraki, Lamido, Dambazoo, Abba Kyari, Buratai and Dikko are serving 80000 year jail term each in Daura. Isn’t that a great achievement for Imam Buhari?

      • FineBoy

        U wish u were there?

      • Steve OM

        Corrupt people will certainly hate what Buhari is doing. By their comments ye shall know them.

    • FineBoy

      U r truly foreign observer in Thailand cell

  • Gary

    The UN General Assembly session is a forum for each country to express its views and vision of global affairs. It is NOT a forum for the leader of a country to again remind the world that his main domestic policy is fighting corruption in his country.

    Rather than promote Nigeria abroad, Buhari and his handlers use every forum and opportunity to put the country down in a bid to raise his profile as an anti-corruption crusader on the world stage.

    You want the International community to help recover funds stolen by Abacha, the despot you served and insist to Nigerians back home never stole any money. Who’s fooling who?

    • FineBoy


      • Höly Wähala

        Must be your mindset, Gary nailed it perfectly with his comment.

    • Steve OM

      If the fact is not put on the table the we deceive ourselves only. Every body knows that Nigerians are ‘fantastically corrupt’. The President is therefore right for using every fora to tell the whole world that he is fighting corruption. Corrupt people will certainly fight back. By their comments ye shall know them.

  • Decimator

    This Train has no destination. He or she that is boarding it is doing so at his or her own risk. Sorry