Muhammadu Buhari
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (Courtesy of the U.S. State Department)

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday called for his country’s support in the fight against corruption to accelerate Nigeria’s development.

Buhari made the call in Abuja during the presentation of two books by Maj. Gen. Sam Momah, a former minister of science and technology.

The books, “Restructuring Nigeria beyond Oil” and “Pulling Nigeria off the Brink,” were presented to the public to mark the 75th birthday of the author, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

Buhari said the author had in his various works recognized the strategic importance of the fight against corruption to sustaining the integrity of Nigeria and ensuring equity, justice and fair play to all.

The president, represented by Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, executive secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), said the fight against corruption in Nigeria is one the nation cannot not afford to lose.

Buhari felicitated the author, describing him as an accomplished strategist, astute scientist and intellectual who served the country in various capacities meritoriously.

“With these current works, this celebrated author has contributed immensely in deepening the level of our national discourse and in providing new vistas of understanding, ” the president said. “This will go a long way in helping the administration’s present struggle in overcoming some of the perennial challenges.”

Momah said that at age 75, he has nothing else to offer Nigeria other than to express his anxieties and vision for the country in a book form.

He said the books were on issues that were presently on the front burner in Nigeria, but were being politicized and localized.

He said “Restructuring Nigeria Beyond Oil” was prompted by the signing of the climate change agreement in Paris on Dec. 12, 2015, by 195 countries, including Nigeria.

Saunders Sworn in as CCJ President

Justice Adrian Saunders was sworn in as the third president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) during a ceremony last week at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, which coincided with the 39th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government meeting held in Montego Bay.

Saunders, a native of St Vincent and the Grenadines, is the first Caribbean-trained CCJ president.

In his address, he said his vision is for the CCJ to become an established symbol of regional integration, similar to the University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Development Bank, which will safeguard the delivery of justice.

Sir Dennis Byron, the immediate past president of the CCJ, asserted that he has handed over an institution that has been serving the needs of people in the region. He described Saunders as thoroughly prepared and fit to assume the role.

Dean Barrow, prime minister of Belize and Head of Government for Justice and Governance in CARICOM, said that the CCJ will make great strides under the leadership of Saunders.

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