Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, September 25, 2017

Buhari at UN

You probably didn't see this on the evening news or on popular American twitter feeds. The president of Nigeria, after all, was only one of many heads of government to speak at the UN. But, Buhari did speak, and he's the man who just recently returned from 6 months of medical treatment in the UK.

Buhari Seeks World Leaders' Help On Anti-Graft War, Assets Recovery
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday sought the assistance of the global community on his administration's efforts towards fighting corruption and recovering stolen assets.

The president made the demand in his statement at the general debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States.

"Through our individual national efforts, state institutions are being strengthened to promote accountability, and to combat corruption and asset recovery. These can only be achieved through the international community cooperating and providing critical assistance and material support," he said…

President Buhari assured the international community of Nigeria's firm and unshaken commitment to democracy in the country and the African continent.

He said the frontiers of good governance, democracy including holding free and fair elections, and enthronement of the rule of law were expanding everywhere, especially in Africa.

"Our faith in democracy remains firm and unshaken. Our regional organisation ECOWAS came together to uphold democratic principles in The Gambia - as we had done previously in Cote D'Ivoire," he said…

Buhari described the widening inequalities within societies, and the gap between the rich and the poor nations as part of "the underlining root causes of competition for resources, frustration and anger leading to spiralling instability."

He also stated that "The most pressing threat to international peace and security today is the accelerated nuclear weapons development programme by North Korea…

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