The first National Anti-Corruption Marathon organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Crimes (ICPC), Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) will berth on December 10, 2018.
The half Marathon race, “tagged” Abuja Marathon 2018” is in honour and support of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s fight against corruption which will cover a total area: 23.04km and total distance :21.03km (13.07mi)
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Marathon in Abuja the National coordinator of the event, Jacob Onu said the registration which will be online is opens to all segments of the society adding at the campaign was aimed at raising national consciousness on the scourge and danger of corruption.
“Use the image and popularity of marathon races to create massive awareness and bring together all segments of the Nigerian population in support of Mr. President’s fight on corruption in all facets of national life”,he opined
“This will strengthen unity among the citizens of this country and also satisfy the desire to exploit and harness the abundant talent in our youth for national integration campaign was aimed at raising national consciousness on the scourge and danger of corruption to the country and humanity in general.” Onu added.
According him “There is no political gimmick about the race, beside there is no government in the world that is not committed on fighting corruption if they want the country to move forward, Nigeria May be making history to be the first country to use marathons race to create awareness on anti-corruption. He concluded.
The anti-Corruption Marathon is expected to be flagged of by President Muhammadu Buhari, alongside President of Rwanda Paul Kigame and Minister of Youth and sports Development Barrister Solomon Dalung in commemoration of United Nation World Anti-corruption day, with the eventual champions bagging N1 million, second and third position #500,000 and 200,000 respectively