President Muhammadu Buhari has been unanimously chosen by the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC) to lead in the fight against corruption in the whole of Africa.
This was disclosed in Lagos on Thursday, October 22, by Isa Ozi Salami, a member of the board of the organization.
Salami made the disclosure during the formal launch of Nigeria’s foremost association of publishers of online newspapers, the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP).
Salami had represented Ekpo Nta, the chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences (ICPC) at the launch.
He said that President Buhari was the adopted and preferred one during the last AUABC meeting held in Arusha, Tanzania to be saddled with the responsibility to lead a tough anti-corruption campaign
The Nta representative who was elected to the board of the organisation last year said: “At the second meeting of the board of AUABC in Arusha, Tanzania, the headquarters of the board, we resolved that on corruption in Africa, we needed to adopt a champion for salvaging the continent from the evils of corruption
“And President Muhammadu Buhari was the person we unanimously endorsed for that purpose.”
Speaking further, Salami said that the endorsement of Buhari for such important continent-wide campaign had far reaching implications which among other things, showed that Africa was beginning to reckon with the Nigerian leader in his renewed fight against corruption in his own country.
He also noted that indeed Nigeria was again returning to her leadership position on the continent with the endorsement of President Buhari in the African Union’s anti-corruption fight.
He said: “It means that Africa is beginning to give Nigeria its right leadership status and respecting Nigeria for the efforts our new leadership on anti-graft crusade.”
The AUABC is an autonomous organ established within the African Union (AU) in terms of Article 22 of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption.
Meanwhile the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, is presently in Tanzania as the chairman of the Commonwealth Observer Group (COG) to monitor the Sunday October 25 general elections in the country.