Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a committee to advise him on how best to tackle corruption and reform the legal system.
- Seven-member Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption is mostly made up of academics.
- On May 29, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari was elected on promises to fight endemic corruption.
- He believes officials have stolen around $150 billion from the public purse over the past decade.
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari defeated former president Goodluck Jonathan in a March presidential election after promising to tackle graft in the country, which ranked 136th out of 175 nations in Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index. Nigeria is Africa’s biggest crude producer. As part of that drive, he’s overhauling the state oil company, an institution the country’s transparency watchdog estimates has diverted $30 billion since 2009.
Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has launched a probe into its activities of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, which manages the nation’s multi-billion dollar oil industry, widely considered to be one of the most corrupt state agencies.
“The committee’s brief is to advise the present administration on the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria’s criminal justice system,” Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman said.
The anti-graft committee will be supported by The Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Open Society Foundation created a $5 million fund. The committee will be led by Itse Sagay, a former dean of the faculty of law at the University of Benin. Its other members include academics such as Femi Odekunle, a professor of criminology at Ahmadu Bello University in the northern Nigerian city of Zaria.
Last month, in a meeting with US President Barack Obama, Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari appealed for help in finding and returning government money he said had been stolen and was being held in foreign bank accounts.IMAGE/Reuters