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Monday, 24 August 2015

Foreign Office Pledges UK Support for President Muhammadu Buhari

By Adenike Lucas

The British Foreign Office has pledged support for President Muhammadu Buhari's war against corruption.

In a letter addressed to the Press Secretary of the All Progressives Congress UK (APC UK), the Foreign Office's Magdalena Williams noted that "it is an important time in Nigeria," adding that the Prime Minister, David Cameron stands "ready to support President Buhari and his new Government on his clearly stated priorities" - one of which is to tackle corruption.

The UK Government stated that it was looking "forward to working with President Buhari, "in the fight against the terrorist group, Boko Haram which has killed many and left millions displaced in the North East.

It expressed new hope of building an "excellent platform for a new beginning to a long-standing partnership and reiterated that effort would be made to help Nigeria's Commander in Chief in "stabilising the economy in the face of low oil prices."

The Foreign Office's support for the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) comes a few days after a group of Nigerians known as Nigerians March Against Corruption, marched to the Presidential Villa and Lagos, to show their full support for his administration's anti-corruption campaign.

President Buhari has revealed plans to engage Nigerians in the Diaspora in the anti-corruption war. The Federal Government which is expected to declare open the 2015 Diaspora Day/Conference today, (25th August) hinted that the expertise of Nigerian professionals living abroad would be sought in prosecuting the ongoing war against corruption.

A former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo also made his support for President Buhari known, while hosting the leadership of the National Association of Nigeria Students, NANS.

"For me these points that you have made about what is going on in this country, about corruption, about the economy, about security, we all know these and that is why some of us are prepared to stick out our neck to achieve change," he expressed from his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

"We have seen a ray of hope in President Buhari, so I will say let us be objective where we need to be objective, let us show solidarity where we need to show solidarity," he said.

Adenike Lucas is the Press Secretary of All-Progressives Congress,United Kingdom Chapter.

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