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Kagame invites Buhari to anti-corruption award in Rwanda


Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) is to represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the fourth edition of the Sheikh Tamim International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award ceremony holding on Monday December 9th in Kigali, Rwanda.

President Buhari was invited personally by Rwanda, President, Paul Kageme.

In a statement on Sunday by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, the Special Assistant Media and Public Relations office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, said Buhari was invited to the award ceremony which
is part of the activities commemorating the International Anti-Corruption Day, as the Africa Union anti-corruption ambassador.

The event is recognised and celebrated on December 9th every year, by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre, Doha, Qatar.

The fourth edition of the Sheikh Tamim International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award will present awards to individuals and institutions for their contribution to the global fight against corruption at local, national or international level.

The Anti-Corruption Excellence Award (ACE Award) serves as a tool to highlight exemplary and noteworthy actions and good practices on a global platform, and to assess, promote, collect, and disseminate anti-corruption models from all over the world.

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani who would be on working visit in Rwanda is expected to be handing out the awards to winners from all over the world.

Four categories of the ACE Award are presented, in recognition of the diverse efforts and areas of excellence in the global fight against corruption, the statement said.

These categories include Lifetime/Outstanding Achievement, Innovation, Academic Research and Education, and Youth Creativity and Engagement.

According to the organizers of the annual event, the ACE Award aims to raise awareness, support, and solidarity to combat corruption and to encourage new initiatives in pursuit of corruption-free societies.

During the visit, Malami is to deliver President Buhari’s address to world leaders on Nigeria’s giant strides and positive development in the fight against corruption.

Nigeria was also invited to attend Kusi Idea Festival tagged “the next sixty-years in Africa” which the government of Rwanda is hosting in collaboration with the Rwandan Nation Media Group expected to address the world leaders.


Felix Omohomhion, Abuja