President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption. The body is set to advise the country leader and his administration on anti-graft war and implementation of reform in the criminal justice system.
Premium Times reports with reference to the statement of presidential media aide Femi Adesina that the Committee is to be headed by Itse Sagay, a professor of law civil rights activist.
Other members of the Committee include prominent experts in the field. They are Femi Odekunle, Benedicta Daudu, E. Alemika, Sadiq Radda, Hadiza Bala Usman, Bolaji Owasanoye.
Among the group’s responsibilities is also development of comprehensive interventions for achieving its recommended reforms.
An established $5 million Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund is to assist the Committee in its work. The Fund will be managed by the international development organization Trust Africa having programmes in more than 25 countries across the continent.
President Buhari, who during his election campaign vowed to eliminate public funds embezzlement in Nigeria, is currently taking active measures to fulfill his promise. On the one hand, the acting government says it is working on returning the stolen funds. On the other hand, preventive steps are being taken to ensure corruption-free system in the future.
Some, however, insist that the president has launched a selective anti-graft war meant to witch-hunt the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan.