“As President Buhari prepares for the swearing-in and commencement of his second term on May 29, 2019 Civil Society Organization’s advocating on anticorruption and accountability in Nigeria, hereby call on President Buhari and Vice President Osibanjo to consider immediately relieving and replacing the current Attorney General of the Federation Mr Malami in order to salvage the fight against corruption.
“We recall the shady deal involving the minister which led to the approval for payment of a highly controversial and contentious payment of $17m (N6billion) to two lawyers for an already concluded deal on the repatriation of the Abacha loot from the Swiss Bank
“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 and distance himself from suspected corrupted officials by not defending them and by holding the independence of key anti-corruption.
“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”
“while the past three years had witnessed renewed vigour in the fight against corruption, with injection of political will at the highest level of the administration, introduction of financial and administrative policies to improve transparency and accountability, the attitude and body language of the government in the scandals involving former Secretary General of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Kano State Governor, Ganduje left nothing to be desired”.