President Muhammadu Buhari and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda are expected to flag-off the inaugural National Anti-Corruption Marathon, organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Crimes (ICPC), Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and Fair Play International, on Monday, December 10, 2018 in Abuja.
The half marathon race, tagged: “Abuja Marathon 2018” is in honour and support of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s fight against corruption as well as in commemoration of the United Nations World Anti-corruption day.
The marathon which will begin from Eagle Square will cover a total area of 23.04km and total distance: 21.03km (13.07m)
Speaking at a press conference heralding the event, the national coordinator of the event, Jacob Onu, said the marathon is opened to all segments of the society, adding that the campaign was aimed at raising national consciousness on the scourge and danger of corruption.
“We intend to 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 stated.
“This will strengthen unity among the citizens of this country and also satisfy the desire to exploit and harness the abundant talents in our youth for national integration.
“This campaign is aimed at raising national consciousness on the scourge and danger of corruption to the country and humanity in general.”
According to Onu, “There is no political gimmick about the race. Besides, there is no government in the world that is not committed in fighting corruption if they want the country to move forward. Nigeria may be making history to be the first country to use marathon race to create awareness on anti-corruption.”
The eventual champions will smile home with monetary gifts; N1 million for first position, while the second and third positions will be gifted N500, 000 and N300,000 respectively.