Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari is expected to flag off the second edition of the National Anti-Corruption Marathon race tagged ‘Abuja 2019’.
The race which kicks off on December 9 is to commemorate this year’s United Nations International Anti-Corruption Day.
According to the National Coordinator, Mr Jacob Onu, the total distance of the race is 21.03km (approximately a half marathon), covering a total area of 23.04km with the Eagles Square as the starting point.
“Athletes will run through the marathon route and finish at the Eagles Square. This makes the start and finish points the same,” he said.
Onu further stated that the race is fight against corruption which is in line with the objectives of the present administration.
“The fight against corruption is not a one off battle, rather a continuous one that requires perseverance and endurance. This is the reason behind this initiative.
“The marathon race is symbolic in that without perseverance and endurance, one can’t start and finish a marathon race,” he said.
In his own submission, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare represented by the Director, Grassroots Sports Development, Dr Ademola Are gave kudos to the organisers for their efforts in creating more awareness on the fight against corruption.
“The main objective of this race is to create more awareness that “if Nigeria does not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria” and we can further entrench this in the minds of the people through this kind of activities as it will be in front burner,” he said.