- The federal government is focused on curbing corruption in Nigeria with its new strategy
- It is aimed at making it difficult for looters to escape punishment
- The minister of justice gave details of the new move
The federal government has approved a new anti-corruption strategy intended to strengthen the enforcement and sanctions of economic and financial crimes in the country.
According to Daily Times, this was approved on Wednesday, July 5, by the federal executive council.
Known as the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, it is expected to make it difficult for looters to wriggle out of court processes and escape punishment.
Mr Abubakar Malami who is the minister of justice said that “Ministries, Department, Agencies, Legislature, Judiciary, Civil Society group and religious bodies have all come together at a forum and developed a National Anti Corruption Strategy which was presented to FEC and approved."
He added “that policy has now been developed by all these components and was today presented to FEC for approval. Incidentally FEC approved the strategy and the roadmap is now that of implementation of the strategy towards the direction of collective buy-in as it relates to enforcement and sanctions relating to anti corruption crusade and drive.”
Meanwhile, African leaders on Tuesday, July 4, unanimously endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari to champion the fight against corruption in the African Union. The endorsement came at the end of the 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of AU in Addis Ababa..
Nigeria’s foreign minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, who gave a synopsis of the summit told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the endorsement was in recognition of the President Buhari administration’s commitment and glowing success in the fight against corruption in Nigeria and globally.
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“The endorsement is very significant because it is the recognition of the negative role corruption and bad governance had played.
“I think it is also significant that President Buhari was also asked to champion this because he has been a major inspiration to Africa in frontally combating corruption and bringing positive change towards building a sustainable and prosperous continent. "
Watch a NAIJ.com TV video of Nigerians expressing their mind over President Buhari absence.