President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria’s faith in democracy remains firm and unshaken, adding our regional organisation, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), came together to uphold democratic principles in The Gambia – as we had done previously in Cote D’Ivoire.
Addressing the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday in New York, United States, Buhari said “the frontiers of good governance, democracy including holding free and fair elections, and enthronement of the rule of law are expanding everywhere, especially in Africa.”
Specifically about Nigeria, President Buhari said through national efforts, state institutions are being strengthened to promote accountability, and to combat corruption and recover assets. He argued that this could only be achieved through the international community cooperating and providing critical assistance and material support.
“We shall also cooperate in addressing the growing transnational crimes such as forced labour, modern day slavery, human trafficking and cybercrime,” he said.
Pledging Nigeria’s abiding commitment to the foundational principles and goals of the United Nations, Buhari said since the country was admitted as a member state in 1960, it has always participated in all efforts to bring about global peace, security and development.
He promised that Nigeria would continue to support the UN in all its efforts, including the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.