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President Muhammadu Buhari in a group picture with UNODC Executive Director, Mr. Yury Fedotov and others during a courtesy visit, last week.

President Muhammadu Buhari in a group picture with UNODC Executive Director, Mr. Yury Fedotov and others during a courtesy visit, last week.

The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, yesterday, met with President Muhammadu Buhari, to declare his organisation’s support for the country.

He said: “Nigeria has suffered from the ravages of corruption, terrorism, piracy and other crimes; but it remains fully committed to working with international organisations such as the UN and the European Union to counter these threats. Such dedication calls for the international community to continue to display similar resoluteness and to redouble efforts to assist the country.”

Mr. Fedotov noted that Nigeria could play active role in encouraging other African countries to fully implement the Doha Declaration, endorsed at the 13th Crime Congress, as well as, the Joint Commitment adopted at the UN General Assembly special session on the World Drug Problem in April this year.

Fedotov disclosed that UNODC is working with partners on an integrated approach to achieving the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, urging countries to support security, justice, good governance and the rule of law as part of the promotion of development.

The UNODC chief commended President Buhari’s commitment against corruption, thanking him for Nigeria’s participation in the review mechanism of the landmark UN Convention against corruption, which calls for states to be reviewed by two peers.



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