British Envoy Supports Executive Order 6 in Anticorruption War

Britain’s outgoing High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has given his backing to President Muhammadu Buhari in the fight against corruption.

During an appearance on a ChannelsTV programme, Arkwright said the implementation of the Executive Order (6) by the Federal Government is important for rooting out corruption in the country.

“I’ve heard that this is an anti-corruption measure, it’s not for me to say who should or should not be on the list. But what I would say is that it’s very important in continuing this fight against corruption and rooting out corruption where it is happening,” he said.

Mr Arkwright also noted that meeting with political candidates is a priority for Britain to discuss expectations for the 2019 general elections.

His take on the controversial executive order comes with the nation divided over the legality of it, particularly in the wake of the travel ban on some prominent Nigerians.

Human rights groups and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party have argued that it is an affront on constitutional democracy even as the Federal Government insists the order will speed up the fight against graft.

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