President Buhari arrives Addis Ababa for AU meeting


As President Muhammadu Buhari prepares to make a presentation on corruption in Africa, report says the continent loses $148 billion a year to the scourge. If there is a topic that is being discussed a lot in Angola is the fight against corruption.

"We will be side by side with the African Union in respecting African leadership in solving African problems to help in this [regard]", said the Secretary-General, adding that Africa has also made admirable strides in human rights.

"What that tells you is that the whole continent is looking at the good work that our president is doing, pushing back and fighting corruption effectively".

The heads of states will also attend a closed session to address the main issues on the summit's agenda, including institutional reforms of the 55-nation bloc, as well as efforts to establish an African free trade zone.

"The President has come well prepared". Faki Mahamat commented on the topic of 2018, considering that choosing this topic was absolute because corruption has aggravated in the continent causing devastating consequences on the economic development, social coherence and political stability. The Agenda is a framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years and the flagship projects are those approved by the AU Summit and seen as very urgent and relevant.

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Until Thursday evening, Morocco was the only candidate for North Africa, after the withdrawal of Algeria.

"So, they (African leaders) have their plates full and it is going to be deeply and highly engaging for them". This election should mark one of the highlights of the 30th African summit, observers said.

The endorsement was in recognition of his personal commitment and widely acclaimed anti-graft drive at the domestic level.

He is accompanied by several Cabinet ministers.