By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA — The United Nations, UN, has pledged to support Nigeria in its effort to conquer the twin menace of corruption and terrorism.
Consequently, the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, last Friday, sent a high-powered delegation to have a meeting with the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, at his office in Abuja.
A statement by the Director of Information at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Nwodo Charles, said the delegation was led by UN Special envoy on ECOWAS, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas.
The international body said it was in full support of the current drive by President Muhammadu Buhari to recover looted funds.
Chambers said the UN will cooperate with Nigeria to strengthen the administration of Justice, rule of law and respect for human rights in the country.
However, he said there was need for all African countries in the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) to form a common front against the menace of terrorism, especially with regards to the spreading activities of the Boko Haram sect.
While congratulating the minister on behalf of United Nations on his appointment, he noted the landmark achievements resulting from the free, fair and credible elections that were recently conducted in Nigeria, which he said had brought progress to Africa’s nascent democracy.
“Dr. Chambas was optimistic that with the completion of the remaining 100km border posts, Boko Haram terrorists will be defeated,” he said.
Meantime, the AGF has said he was pleased with the level of success so far recorded by the Nigeria/Cameroon Joint Border Commission, in terms of resolving cross border disputes between the two countries.
The minister said this administration would be committed towards ensuring that unnecessary border disputes within the Lake Chad Basin areas are resolved amicably.
He told the UN that Nigeria is currently working with other countries on reforms and protocols that will ultimately bring about everlasting peace in the region.