- These are tough times for Nigeria's attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN)
- Enmeshed in unending controversies, civil society groups in the country are calling for Malami's sack
- The groups accuse Malami of frustrating the anti-corruption efforts of the Buhari administration
Twelve anti-corruption groups in Nigeria have called for the sack of the country's attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
The groups made the demand on Wednesday, May 15 at a press briefing addressed by the convener of Say No Campaign, Ezenwa Nwagwu in Abuja.
According to the groups, the minister's actions in office demonstrates impunity, contempt for the fight against corruption and outright abuse of public authority and sovereignty of the Nigerian people vested in the Buhari administration.
“We believe that to fashion an aggressive fight against corruption, the chief law officer must be of impeccable character, incorruptible, have respect for the rule of law, be courageous with a hunger for justice.
“Unfortunately, Mr Abubakar Malami has shown himself to be far cry from these requirements,” the groups said.
They recommended that the president:
1. Immediately relieve and replace Malami in order to salvage the fight against corruption and recover public confidence and support for the fight against corruption.
2. The president to reconfigure his fight against corruption by ensuring people with questionable characters are not appointed to sensitive positions capable of curtailing the independence of key anti-corruption agencies.
3. That the president considers separation of the office of the AGF from the minister of justice to avoid conferring such enormous power to an individual.
4. That the presidency distances itself from suspected corrupt officials by not defending them and by upholding the independence of key anti-corruption agencies.
5. That the president immediately order immediate commencement and/or continuation of the prosecution of outstanding high-profile corruption cases including members of the his political party and his appointees including the former SGF, Babachir Lawal.
6. That Mr. President insist on accountability of anti-corruption agencies including the CCB/CCT, EFCC, ICPC and others involved in prevention, investigation and prosecution of corruption, to ensure probity and accountability.
The anti-corruption groups are; Say No Campaign, YIAGA AFRICA, Connected Development, Social Action, Protest to Power, The Cable Foundation, YES Project, CISLAC, LAWNAC, Keen and Care Initiative, Action Aid Nigeria and AFRICMIL.
In another development, a coalition of civil society organizations has accused the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), of incompetence, engaging in media trial and cheap blackmail.
The groups are Competent Government for Accountability led by Comrade Omoba Micheal, South South Youth Mission and Beyond Boundaries Legacy Leadership Initiative led by Comrade Omaga E. Daniel.
According to the CSOs, the ICPC has been carrying out the act in a bid “to extort money from businessmen.”
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