Chris Steven, Abuja
A civil society organisation, Stand Up Nigeria (SUN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore those calling him to remove the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Malam Abubakar Malami.
The Civil Society group noted that the call for the sack of Malami is an indication that he is taking actions that are hitting the corruption industry really hard, hence the desperation to get him out of the way so that a pliable person that will not lift a finger against sleaze could be planted in his place.
Speaking in Abuja on Sunday, National Secretary of SUN, Comrade Sunday Attah also urged the Attorney-General of the Federation to move and increase his prosecutory power on indicted corrupt persons in the country.
He noted that the AGF has within the short time he assumed office turned around the prosecution of indicted persons adding that the speedy delivery of cases is worthy of note.
Attah remarked that the conviction and sentence of ex-NIMASA Director General, Raymond Omatseye is a good testimony that the AGF is on top of his game.
“In the short time Mr. Malami has been at the helms as AGF and Minister of Justice, we have seen enough proof that he embodies President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of justice.
“We have seen an anti-corruption crusade that is yielding results without resorting to jungle manoeuvres. The conviction and jailing of the ex-NIMASA Director General, Raymond Omatseye is enough testament that the AGF is up to speed with his job description.
“Nigerians also did not lose sight of the pace at which trials of persons arraigned for corruption are going as opposed to the past when suspects are charged and the trials get stuck for months.
“We are also mindful of the several cases we once thought were lost but that have been revived today.
“These, no doubt, are among the reason Mr. Malami has become the subject of petitions and letters demanding for his sack. It takes someone that has proven himself as the engine house of President Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade to make such powerful enemies.
“We urge the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Mr. Malami Abubakar SAN to increase the onslaught on persons indicted for corruption and to the fight against graft to the next level. The assets and funds to be recovered from this exercise is sorely needed at this point in time that the economy is struggling.
“We appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to disregard the calls for him to sack the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Mr. Malami Abubakar SAN. Contrary to the lies being told, falling for propaganda to fire Mr Abubakar will signifying a policy U-turn on the part of his government and it will lead to loss of international goodwill and local support for the anti-corruption drive.