Fighting Corruption While Daughter Attends £26,000-A-Year School, UK Tabloid Messes Buhari Up

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Ambassador of US to Nigeria Amb. James Entwistle, Gen. David Rodriguez, Commander, United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), President Muhammadu Buhari, National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno and Perm. Sec. Ministry of Defence Ismaila Aliyu during a presentation by Gen. David Rodriguez, Commander, United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) as Mr President receives in audience Gen. David Rodriguez, Commander, United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) and his team in Statehouse on 14th Oct 2015

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday, May 10, travel to London to participate in the international Anti-Corruption Summit where he is expected to play “a prominent part”, according to his spokesman Femi Adesina, but in the United Kingdom, a newspaper has expressed surprise that Mr. Buhari was even invited to the summit in the first place, having sent his flamboyant daughter to a £26,000-a-year English school and failed to fully disclose his assets, in addition to the five houses he owns and VIP treatment given to his son.

“As an internationally recognised leader in the global fight against corruption, President Buhari will play a prominent part in the summit which will be hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron of Great Britain with many other Heads of State and Government in attendance,” Buhari’s spokesman said in a statement on Saturday.

Adesina said President Buhari will, ahead of the summit’s opening, deliver a keynote address titled: “Why We Must Tackle Corruption Together” at a pre-summit conference of development partners, the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, Transparency International and other civil society groups  on  Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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The President, he added, is one of the world leaders scheduled to speak at the opening session of the Anti-Corruption Summit with others, including Prime Minister Cameron and the President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

Thereafter, President Buhari will join other participating heads of State and Government at special plenary sessions on Exposing Corruption, Tackling Corruption and Driving out Corruption.

In his address to the summit and interactions with other participating leaders, President Buhari will urge the international community to move faster on the dismantling of safe havens for the proceeds of corruption and the return of stolen funds and assets to their countries of origin.

The President will also reaffirm his administration’s unwavering commitment to the fight against corruption and the Federal Government’s readiness to partner with international agencies and other countries to identify, apprehend and punish corrupt public officials.

President Buhari’s delegation to the Summit will include the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Alhaji Abubakar Malami and the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

But UK Tabloid, The Daily Mail, said Mr. Buhari may just be a pretender and all his tough words do not tally with actions.

In its report on Sunday, Dailymail.co.uk said: “The presence of Nigeria’s president at David Cameron’s anti-corruption summit this week may surprise many in his nation – which receives vast amounts of UK aid.

“Self-proclaimed ‘People’s President’ Muhammadu Buhari began a war on corruption after taking power last year, but critics allege it is a political witch-hunt.

“The Government is giving nearly £250million in the coming year to oil-rich Nigeria, whose president sends his daughter to a £26,000-a-year English school.

“The presence of Nigeria’s president at David Cameron’s anti-corruption summit this week may surprise many in his nation – which receives vast amounts of UK aid.

“The presence of Nigeria’s president at David Cameron’s anti-corruption summit this week may surprise many in his nation – which receives vast amounts of UK aid.

“In April the opposition PDP party unearthed a ticket stub showing Hanan, 16, had flown first-class from London to Nigeria, despite her father’s ban on officials using premium travel.

“And a Nigerian newspaper claimed Mr Buhari has spent £150,000 on educating his daughter Zahra, a Surrey University student.

“The president is reported to have failed to give a full account of his worth, but even his partial admission included more than £1million in the bank, five houses and two plots of land.

“Supporters say 49 arrests of members of the previous regime show the anti-corruption war is genuine, but opponents say it is politically driven.

“Nigeria has the highest-paid government officials in the world but is one of the largest beneficiaries of UK foreign aid.

“The president of its senate, Bukola Saraki, is due to face trial on corruption charges after it emerged he has a £6million London property in his wife’s name.

“The Nigerian Embassy did not comment”
dailymail.co.uk

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