Buhari’s anti graft war not targeted at opposition, FG tells lawyers

downloadThe Federal Government has denied that the on-going was against graft was lopsided and mainly targeted at the opposition.

The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, who spoke on Monday in Port Harcourt at the on-going 56th annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) said as far as the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was concerned, there was no sacred cow in the anti-graft campaign.

Malami said the Federal Government would not spare anybody suspected to be corrupt.

Prominent Nigerians had expressed disappointment with the direction of the Federal Government’s war against corruption in the country.

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) had also at the commencement of the on-going bar conference insinuated that the government’s war against corruption was lopsided.

The bar association had promised to support the government in its war against graft but with a caveat that two standards are not used by government to prosecute the war.

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Malami who tried to clarify on the insinuation said the current fight against corruption was not targeted at the main opposition party.

He stated that for anybody to be investigated and arrested, there must be a reasonable ground for suspicion of the commission of an offence bothering on corruption.

The AGF said: “On the issue of being lopsided in the fight against corruption, I think the question should be that is there any reasonable ground for suspicion of the commission of an offence. It is not about whether they (offenders) are PDP or APC.

“As lawyers, you have at your disposal the Freedom of Information Act and the right to seek support for the prosecution of those suspected to have committed any offence.”

Malami also disclosed that the government was investigating some top civil servants suspected to be involved in corrupt practices.

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He pointed out that plans were underway for the amendment of the Electoral Act and added that a committee would soon be established to achieve the purpose.

Meanwhile, a former Edo State, REC, Mr. Mike Igini, has lamented the level of poverty in the country, and urged the federal government to tackle the economic problems facing the country while fighting corruption.

Explaining that those elected into public office have only a year and five months to fulfil their promises to the electorate, Igini maintained that it would be difficult for elected office holders to achieve anything at the end of 2017.

In his remarks, a human right activist, Mr. Ken Asuwete, called on the federal government to address cases of human right abuses in the country.

Asuwete explained that the change mantra of the federal government should not be limited to only the recovery of stolen funds, adding that other area should be explored for government to fulfil its electoral promises to the people.

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