He spoke in New York at the High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development.
The President called on development partners to join the fight against corruption by returning ill-gotten financial assets and halting future illicit financial flows to their countries.
According to the Nigerian leader, such collective action “will guarantee a stronger international defense of the right to development”. He pointed out that illicit financial assets stashed abroad deprive developing countries, including Nigeria, and invariably deny people the enjoyment of their national wealth and resources needed for development.
The president cautioned that non-repatriation of illicit financial assets could impinge on the determination of states to achieve an all-inclusive 2030 sustainable development.
Buhari therefore called on the United Nations “to remain vocal and active in addressing the negative impact of non-repatriation of illicit financial assets on their countries of origin,” adding that “as soon as stolen assets are legally established, they should swiftly be repatriated.”
The president welcomed the commemoration of three decades of the Declaration on the Right to Development, which he observed, coincides with the first anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.