- Nigeria's attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), is in the news again
- A coalition of CSOs on anti-corruption has called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to retain Malami in his cabinet
- According to the coalition, the fight against corruption by the Buhari's administration is losing momentum due to the activities of Malami
A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on anti-corruption has called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to retain the current attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) for his second term in office.
The CSOs made their stance known at a press briefing addressed by the convener of Say No Campaign, Ezenwa Nwagwu on Wednesday, May 15 in Abuja.
According to the coalition, the fight against corruption by the Buhari's administration is losing momentum due to the activities of Malami.
They went on to list 9 reasons why Malami should not be allowed back to the Federal Executive Council.
1. Abacha loot
We recall the shady deal involving the minister which led to the approval for payment of a highly controversial and contentious payment of $17million to two lawyers for an already concluded deal on the repatriation of the Abacha loot from Swiss Bank.
2. Reinstatement of Maina
Nigerians have not forgotten the minister's role in the fraudulent reinstatement of former chairman of Pension Task Force, Abdulrasheed Maina who was wanted on allegations of corruption in the civil service commission.
3. NBC DG corruption trial
The minister has also been fingered in the suspected attempt to frustrate the investigation and prosecution of the director-general of the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission for his alleged involvement of diversion of about N2.5billion.
Although, Lai Mohammed, the minister of information has also been fingered in the suspected attempt by not following due process and investigating the allegations while colliding to frustrate the NBC DG and allowing ICPC run riot by not doing proper investigations before taking cases to a competent court.
4. Bribery allegations against Governor Ganduje
The minister has employed mischief to delay the investigation of bribery charges against the Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
5. NCC fine against MTN
The minister is said to have been the arrowhead in the alleged secret N50billion negotiation on behalf of the Nigerian government.
6. Senate Standing Rules forgery
Failure to prosecute suspects in the 8th Senate over allegations of forging the Senate Standing Rules
7. Business dealing with ex-convict
Alleged under-hand dealings and engagement of service with an ex-convict, George Uboh
8. Withdrawal of high profile corruption cases
Alleged suspicious withdrawal of corruption charges against politically exposed persons.
9. Malabu scandal
Blatant refusal to prosecute Malabu scandal suspects. The case involving former petroleum minister, Dan Etete, Eni and Shell, has resulted in a loss of more than $1billion to Nigeria.
The CSOs include YIAGA Africa, Protest to Power, CISLAC, Action Aid Nigeria, Social Action, Connected Development (CODE) amongts others.
Meanwhile, CODE has launched its 2018 annual report that highlights the impact of its social accountability initiative, Follow The Money.
Follow The Money has so far succeeded in tracking an estimate of NGN 1,289,579,737 (USD 3.6 million) budgeted for projects in 69 grassroots communities across water, sanitation and hygiene, primary healthcare and education sectors, in the year 2018.
In the report, CODE emphasised its effort to spur stronger and inclusive growth for grassroots communities in Africa by providing them with the resources to amplify their voices; creating platforms for dialogue, enabling informed debate, and building the capacity of citizens on how to hold their elected representatives accountable.
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