The Attorney-General of the Federation and Honorable Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami, SAN, has called on stakeholders to collaborate to develop frameworks that will assist in the fight against corruption across the country.
Malami said this at the launch of the report of a review of the National Anti-Corruption Strategies 2017 – 2021, by the Chartered Institute of Forensics and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria, held at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Academy in Karu, Abuja, on Thursday.
In his keynote address delivered by Mr. Patrick Oyom, Malami commended the institute over its fight against corruption, stating that it was a major focus of the current administration and that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was committed to sanitising every sector of the economy.
He said, “I wish to commend the institute in its fight against corruption and efforts in the promotion of the Anti-Corruption Strategy. As we all very well know, the fight against corruption is a major focus of this administration, therefore the President will leave no stone unturned in the effort to sanitise every sector of the economy.”
“It is crucial that all stakeholders collaborate and harmonise their efforts to ensure a ventilated framework that will be effective, proficient, and enduring in the fight against corruption.”
In his opening remark, the Chairman and President, Governing Council, Chartered Institute of Forensics and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria, Dr. Iliyasu Gashinbaki, said that the review was done to “show Nigerians the progress that has been made, the successes that have been achieved and highlight challenges in the criminal justice system.”
He added that the institute had earlier presented the report to President Buhari on May 24, at the State House.
Findings of the report, as presented by the Deputy Director, CIFCFEN, Prof. Suleiman Aruwa, showed that although members of the public were aware of efforts in the battle against corruption, there were concerns that the government needed to enhance its political will and governance framework of anti-corruption institutions, to fully deliver on the strategy.