From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has told the international community that his administration is fighting corruption headlong because it denies the nation resources required for development.
This was even as he reiterated his call to development partners to support the fight by returning ill-gotten assets and halt future illicit financial flows into their countries.
Buhari said this at a high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development.
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement said President Buhari stated that such collective action “will guarantee a stronger international defence of the right to development.”
The president further said illicit financial assets stashed abroad deprive developing countries, including Nigeria, of their national wealth and resources needed for development. He cautioned that non-repatriation of illicit financial assets could impinge on the determination of States to achieve an all-inclusive 2030 sustainable development.President Buhari, called on the United Nations “to remain vocal and active in addressing the negative impact of non-repatriation of illicit financial assets on their countries of origin,” adding that “as soon as stolen assets are legally established, they should swiftly be repatriated.”
Buhari welcomed the commemoration of three decades of the Declaration which he observed, coincided with the first anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and said “it reminds us all of the essence of development and provides us with the opportunity to reaffirm commitments to converting this right into the policies and operational activities of relevant actors at the national, regional and international levels.”