The U.S. Embassy Nigeria joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Anti-corruption Day with a roundtable discussion on December 8. The discussion brought together various stakeholders to share ideas on the fight against corruption in Nigeria. They included heads of anti-corruption agencies, legislators, civil society, and international organizations including the United Nations.
U.S. Ambassador James Entwistle in his remarks said the day marks the 2003 adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) noting that almost every country in Africa has ratified the convention. “This means that these nations have pledged to adopt measures that prevent and penalize corruption,” he stated.
Ambassador Entwistle spoke of the U.S. commitment to stem graft through its work with Nigeria’s anti-corruption institutions. He disclosed that the U.S. government offers technical assistance, training, and cooperates with Nigerian officials to find evidence and stolen assets held abroad.
The Ambassador concluded that on the 12th anniversary of the UNCAC, “We reflect on how international standards on addressing corruption have been accepted and shared. We are ready to move to the next stage of applying best practices and partnering together to combat a problem found in all societies.”
In his remarks, Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami stated that the Nigerian government had the political will to take necessary steps to tackle the problem of corruption and that the country will also play its role in the international community in addressing the problem.
The Deputy Chief of Mission Maria Brewer also participated in the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime event commemorating the anti-corruption day on December 9.