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Buhari African Bar Association supports President's anti-corruption fight

AFBA's support was expressed at a News conference in Sokoto on Tuesday after the association’s executive council meeting.

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President Muhammadu Buhari play President Muhammadu Buhari (Reuters)

The African Bar Association( AFBA) has expressed its support to the ongoing fight against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the AFBA support was expressed at a News conference in Sokoto on Tuesday after the Association’s Executive Council Meeting.

Its President, Mr Hannibal Uwaifo, said that corruption and impunity were the bane of development in Africa.

He added that “AFBA also supports any government that governs its people well and respects their needs.

” We also support any government that is Pan-African and we concern ourselves with the rights of women, children and vulnerable groups.”

Uwaifo said the Association frowned at any acts that trampled on human rights.

He noted that the AFBA was not fighting any government “and we are ready to  contribute our quota to national development.”

The president of the Association said AFBA was, however, against press gagging or any acts of aggression against journalists.

He stressed the need for the judiciary to diligently play its role as an arbiter, saying the rule of law was a direct prerequisite of any vibrant democracy.

”There must be a functional judiciary that speedily and honestly dispenses justice if democracy must thrive,” he added.

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Uwaifo commended Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State for hosting the meeting and the hospitality of the people of the state.

He also extolled the virtues of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, describing him as a a Pan-Africanist.

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