Magu’s Rejection Is Demoralizing, Negative For Anti-Corruption Drive – CACOL

Buhari Re-nominates Ibrahim Magu As EFCC ChairmanThe Executive Chairman of the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), Mr Debo Adeniran, has described the rejection of Mr Ibrahim Magu for the second time as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as a demoralizing.

According to him, the rejection is one which can only serve the interest of pro-corruption elements who are hell-bent on killing the country’s anti-corruption drive.

This position was made known in a statement signed by the group’s Media Coordinator, Wale Salami.

Magu, who was screened by the Senate on Tuesday was rejected based on a DSS report that was submitted on Monday, which claimed that the nominee for the EFCC Chairman failed an integrity test and would eventually constitute a liability to the commission.

In a further reaction, Mr Adeniran said: “It is rather unfortunate that Magu who has performed so marvelously well within the very short period he has been acting as Chairman of EFCC had to be given this ‘Ides of March’ treatment by a pack of people who are apparently incurably corrupt.

“It is a tragedy that these elements have been able to use the country’s hallowed Chambers to frustrate the appointment of a man who has made more landmark achievements in the anti-corruption drive than even than his predecessors in offices. They have just practically used the Legislative Arm and it’s sanctity in the bid to shield themselves from judicial consequences of the corrupt ways!.

“Like we said when the dilly-dallying and acrobatics over Magu’s confirmation began, we had said the Senate would brazenly utilize different crooked means of causing confusion to achieve the bid to shield themselves from scrutiny because most of them are lords of corruption.

“Majority of the Senators today lack more integrity than many they are persecuting today over their perverted kind of integrity.

“The man’s credentials are sparkling enough and his achievements speaks for him; he has dared to tread ‘where eagles dare’, touching the high and mighty, recovering loots of humongous sums, arresting and prosecuting corrupt elements in large numbers in the anti-graft drive since he started acting as EFCC Chairman in 2015.

“The greater consequence of all these is the impact of the Senate’s illogical decision, in that it will impact negatively on the anti-corruption drive generally beyond how demoralizing it may be for Magu.

“And again, whoever is now nominated after Magu, will also be confronted with this situation which will certainly discourage incorrigible men of honour, integrity and capacity from accepting to play the patriotic role of serving as EFCC Chairman.

“With this attitude of the Senate, it may take only a man who is ready to ‘play ball’ a little with the soiled hands in the Chambers to get confirmed as the Chairman of the EFCC.”

Questioning the timing of the DSS report and the channeling, Adeniran said: “We remain curious about what actually is the lawfully dealing between the DSS and the Senate such that security reports seem to always be submitted directly to the Senate only on the eve of the screening/confirmation of Magu?

“We ask, where should be the first point of call if the DSS completes a report on a security situation, is it the Presidency, the Senate or the Judiciary? is there a reason why today’s DSS report suddenly emerged while the Magu’s screening was ongoing,” he questioned.

Buhari Re-nominates Ibrahim Magu As EFCC Chairman

Buhari Re-nominates Ibrahim Magu As EFCC ChairmanPresident Muhammadu Buhari appears to have re-nominated Ibrahim Magu to be confirmed by the Senate as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).

It was gathered that the President’s letter to that effect has been received by the Senate and may be read on the floor of the upper legislative chamber on Tuesday.

The federal lawmakers had in 2016 turned down the President’s request for the confirmation of Mr. Magu who is currently the acting chairman of the anti-corruption body.

They cited security report by the Department of Security Services (DSS) which the Senate claimed indicted Mr Magu.

The decision by the Senate had been a subject of controversy as former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, had insisted that Mr Magu was not rejected by the lawmakers but his confirmation was only stepped down for further consultation with the Presidency.

The position was swiftly countered by Senate spokesman, Aliyu Abdullahi, who insisted that the acting EFCC boss had been rejected.

He insisted that the official position of the Senate remained that the lawmakers cannot confirm Mr Magu because of security reports which showed that he was not fit to be EFCC Chairman.

In July 2016, the Senate received the letter from the Presidency for the confirmation of the appointment of Magu.

The letter also sought the confirmation of Mr Ndasule Moses, Lawan Mamman, Galadanci Imam, and Adeleke Rafiu as members of the commission.

Consequently, the Upper House sent back the nomination letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on December 15, refusing to confirm Mr Magu’s appointment.

Mr Magu has been acting as the chairman of the anti-graft agency since November 2015, after President Buhari removed Mr Ibrahim Lamorde.

Probe Missing Chibok Safe School Funds, SERAP Tells EFCC

SERAP Drags Senate To UN Over Magu's RejectionThe Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked Nigeria’s anti-graft body to investigate allegations that the  Safe School funds for Chibok girls is missing and cannot be accounted for.

The group’s request was contained in a petition SERAP sent to the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, requesting him to urgently begin a thorough, transparent and effective investigation into the issue.

The said fund of 500 million Naira was commissioned by former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to rebuild the Government Girls School in Chibok community in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

SERAP, in a statement on Wednesday, urged the EFCC to “invite for questioning, and name and shame anyone suspected to be involved in the alleged diversion, including the contractors allegedly handling the project”.

In the petition dated December 27, 2016 and signed by SERAP’s senior staff attorney, Timothy Adewale, the organisation said: “The allegation that 500 million Naira has been lost to corruption has resulted in denying the girls access to education, and shows the failure of the former President Goodluck Jonathan government to live up to Nigeria’s commitments under the global Safe School Declaration”.

Chibok Community Celebrates Homecoming For 21 Rescued Girls
Some of the rescued Chibok girls

Monitor Government’s Spending

It further read: “SERAP believes that the diversion of the funds will expose the school to attacks in the future. This is a fundamental breach of the country’s obligations including guarantees of non-repetition, which contributes to prevention and deterrence of future attacks.

“SERAP urges the EFCC to work with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to set up a mechanism to monitor government’s spending of the safe school funds in order to ensure that the funds are spent exactly to prevent and deter future attacks, and to allow the girls to go back to school as soon as possible.

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Some EFCC officials

“SERAP is seriously concerned that the school has remained in a state of disrepair since the abduction of the girls, and students have remained at home.

“SERAP is concerned that the alleged diversion of 500 million naira meant for reconstruction of Government Girls School in Chibok has directly violated the right to education of the girls, as guaranteed under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.

Breach Of Anti-corruption Legislation

“The diversion has undermined the obligation of the government to take step to the maximum of its available resources to achieve the right to education. The alleged diversion also shows a serious breach of anti-corruption legislation including the EFCC Act, and Nigeria’s international obligations under the UN Convention against Corruption, and the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption both of which the country has ratified.

“The EFCC should ensure full accountability and bring to justice anyone found to be responsible for corruption and diversion of safe school funds. The EFCC should also ensure that all proceeds of corruption are recovered and returned back to the treasury.

“This request is based on allegation by Governor Kashim Shettima that 500 million Naira set aside by the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan, is missing and cannot be accounted for.

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Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima

“The funds were released for rebuilding of the Government Girls School in Chibok under the Safe School Initiative programme, which was commissioned former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala”.

Senate Insists Magu Cannot Be EFCC Chairman

Ibrahim Magu, EFCC Chairman, SenateThe Nigerian Senate has maintained its position that it has rejected the confirmation of Mr Ibrahim Magu, as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The spokesman for the Upper House, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, made the disclosure to reporters on Tuesday at the National Assembly in Abuja.

Senator Abdullahi said Nigerians should disregard comments made by any Senator or member of the public to the contrary.

He insisted that the official position of the Senate remained that the lawmakers cannot confirm Mr Magu because of security reports which showed that he was not fit to be EFCC Chairman.

In July 2016, the Senate had received the letter from the Presidency for the confirmation of the appointment of Magu.

The letter also sought the confirmation of Mr Ndasule Moses, Lawan Mamman, Galadanci Imam, and Adeleke Rafiu as members of the commission.

Consequently, the Upper House sent back the nomination letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on December 15, refusing to confirm Mr Magu’s appointment.

Mr Magu has been acting as the chairman of the anti-graft agency since November 2015, after President Buhari removed Mr Ibrahim Lamorde.

Buhari Orders Probe Of Top Government Officials

Buhari Orders Probe Of Top Government OfficialsThe Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the probe of some of his top appointees following allegations of corruption.

The President’s Spokesperson, Mr Garba Shehu announced this in a statement on Sunday.

“The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to a number of reports in the media, in which various accusations of corruption have been levelled against some top officials in the administration.

“In that regard, President Buhari has instructed the Attorney General of the Federation to investigate the involvement of any top government officials accused of any wrong-doing.

“If any of them are liable they will not escape prosecution,” the statement reads.

Although the statement does not specify the identities of those marked for probe, the move might not be unconnected to allegations of corruption against the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal.

cabal, presidency, SGF, Babachir LawalThe Senate on Wednesday, December 14, demanded the resignation of the SGF
over his alleged involvement in a 223-million-naira contract meant for the humanitarian crisis management in the north east.

The Senate also refused to grant confirmation to the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) saying ‘security report’ available to it showed that Mr Magu is not fit to be chairman of the body.

In this regard, the lawmakers sent back his nomination letter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Although the SGF has denied the allegations against him, his comments have not gone down well with the Senate, who have expressed displeasure at his choice of words.

Mr Magu is yet to react to his non-confirmation by the Senate but a number of civil society organisations have condemned the decision.

Apparently Manufactured

The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, described the Senate’s non-confirmation of Mr. Ibrahim Magu based on what was described as a ‘security report’ from the Department of State Services (DSS) as appalling and ridiculous.

In a statement by its Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran, the group believes that the Senate knows Magu’s salts and the fact that he is worth it and are only trying to stop him from leading the anti-corruption fight.

Magu's Confirmation: Conspiracy Between DSS And Senate Is Appalling - CACOLCACOL stated: “The truth is, if mischief was not involved, why would the DSS submit the so-called damning report to the Senate, rather than begin where they should have begun?

“For crying out loud, the head of the DSS sits on the Board of the Commission of EFCC as constitutionally required by the Act that established the agency i.e. EFCC Establishment Act 2004.

“Again, why would such a sensitive report on someone who has occupied such a sensitive position for about one year be delayed till this time? What sort of security apparatus will so wickedly wait till now while our country was at such ‘grievous’ risk before releasing these apparently manufactured allegations against Magu?”

Politically Motivated

The Socio-Economic Rights And Accountability (SERAP), has also dragged the Nigerian Senate before the United Nations over its rejection of Ibrahim Magu as substantive chairman of the EFCC.

SERAP petitioned the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, over alleged intimidation, harassment and unfair treatment of Mr Magu by the Senate in collaboration with other agencies of government.

According to the group, the upper house used what it describes as “a purported security report it knew, or ought to know is baseless and politically motivated” to reject Mr Magu’s confirmation as substantive EFCC Chairman.

Senate Postpones Screening Of Acting EFCC Boss

 Senate Postpones Screening Of Acting EFCC Boss To December 15The screening of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, at Thursday’s plenary, has stalled as a result of poor attendance of lawmakers.

The Senate made this known on Thursday when it was initially scheduled to screen Mr Magu at the legislative proceedings.

The EFCC boss and other member nominees of the commission had earlier turned up at the beginning of plenary for the screening, but had to leave when it appeared that the screening exercise was not going to hold.

Briefing journalists after plenary, Senate deputy majority leader, Bala Ibn Na’allah, confirmed that the senate could not attend to the screening, because of the poor attendance of lawmakers.

He however stated that Mr Magu has officially been informed of the decision of the senate to reschedule the screening to next Thursday December 15.

EFCC Tasks Women On Anti-Corruption War

EFCC Tasks Women On Anti-Corruption WarChairman of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, has called on Nigerian women, to be at the forefront of the fight against corruption, given the effect of the menace on them.

He said this at the launch of the Nigerian Women Against Corruption Campaign in Abuja, adding that women bear over 80% of the consequences of corruption.

According to Mr Magu, the launch of the campaign is part of efforts aimed at inculcating the right values even in families.

Since the inception of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration in May 29 2015, the word ‘anti-corruption’ has become a daily mantra among Nigerians, reinforcing the administrations cardinal objective to reduce corruption as far as possible.

What is new however is the fact that more women have been called to help achieve this objective by serving as torch bearers in preaching the message of anti-corruption.

One of the main reasons highlighted by some individuals for how far corruption has thrived, is financial pressure from women to keep up with the latest trends from fashion to consumer goods.

The launch of the Nigerian women against corruption campaign is therefore expected to serve as a wake up call for women in respect of their role in helping the government succeed in its anti corruption war.

EFCC To Cleanse Electoral System, Arriagns 100 INEC Officials

efccIn efforts to cleanse the electoral system, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has begun the arraignment of over 100 electoral officials.

According to reports, the commission is set to charge officials who had received bribes from the $115 million, allegedly disbursed by Diezani-Madueke, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, during the countdown to the 2015 general elections.

The acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu and the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, would be meeting in Abuja to finalize the charges that would be filed against the suspects.

This was revealed through a statement by the Media Coordinator, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, (CACOL), Wale Salami.

In reaction to the trial, CACOL has asserted that electoral crimes serve as precursors for corruption in governance.

Executive Chairman of the Coalition, Mr Debo Adeniran, commented on the happenings saying, “from these reports, it can be easily deduced that Nigeria’s democracy is regularly put up for auction to the highest bidder”.

He added that, “any electoral official that perpetrates political corruption, which usually leads to the throwing up of corrupt government are culpable in helping looters to the corridors of power.

“They easily put up the mandate of the people up for sale. For years, Nigerians have remained victims of bad leadership which has a strong linkage to failures and corrupt practices perpetrated by electoral officials mostly during elections.

“We commend the EFCC for not leaving any stone unturned in their investigations, while also calling for the prosecution of Diezani-Madueke, and every other electoral officials that took the bribe.

“In the same vein, we are urging the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to begin a review of the electoral commission in order to come up with ingenious protocols to forestall or eradicate any corrupt tendencies in subsequent elections.

“If we do not cleanse our government and electoral process from corrupt elements, then our government would inevitably become a den for thieves.”

He concluded by stating that: “the anti-graft agency and the electoral commission should continue to publish the names of all officials who received bribes so that Nigerians can identify them as the dishonest lot who sold the peoples’ mandate to the highest bidder.

“We call on the government to cleanse the electoral system to forestall corruption in governance,” Adeniran said.

We Will Make More Arrests In Coming Days, EFCC Says

EFCCThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Nigeria (EFCC) says it will make more arrests in coming days even as it advised all persons engaged in the looting of the nation’s treasury to have a re-think.

It further announced plans to vigorously pursue and prosecute persons involved in graft.

At an official launch of a new initiative of the commission tagged ‎Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption, the Chairman of the Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, said more arrests would be made in the days ahead.

He stressed that the commission was out to ensure the conviction of all corrupt persons.

Mr Magu further advised Nigerian youths to shun acts of corruption by emulating honest and hard-working Nigerians who have become successful without pilfering the collective resources of the nation.

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Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu

The project coordinator of the Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption, ‎Foluke Michael stressed the need to creatively engage the youths in the fight against corruption.

The commission is currently prosecuting some prominent Nigerians who were in previous administration of Goodluck Jonathan and some other persons indicted for corruption.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party had raised concerns over the anti-corruption campaign of the present administration, claiming it is one-sided.

Last week, a former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman O. Jibrin and two others were brought before an Abuja High Court by the EFCC on a 4-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy.

The two others,  Rear Admiral Bala Mshelia (rtd) and Rear Admiral Shehu Ahmadu (rtd), were docked alongside Habour Bay International Limited.

The naval chiefs whilst in office allegedly bought a house worth N600million from the account of Naval Engineering Services without the said purchase contract being captured in the budget.

The anti-graft agency had on September 23 said over one billion Naira proceeds of corruption had been recovered from individuals in the South-South region of Nigeria between January and September 2016, with 24 convictions.

This is according to the zonal head of the EFCC, Mr Ishaq Saliu.

He said this in Port Harcourt when some Niger Delta youths took a protest to the commission’s office over alleged lopsidedness in the anti-corruption campaign.

According to them, the ongoing matter involving the former first lady, Patience Jonathan and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the monies found in her account to the tune of 15 million Dollars, has brought the current campaign.

EFCC Acknowledges Corruption At IDPs Camp, Promises Transparency

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Ibrahim Magu of the EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Nigeria, has assured the World Food Programme (WFP) of its support to ensure transparency in the administration of relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the northeast.

The commission’s acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, pledged the anti-graft agency’s support on Friday in Abuja.

A statement by the agency’s spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said the commission’s boss also acknowledged evidence of corruption at the IDPs camp in Maiduguri.

Mr Magu said the Commission would dedicate a desk for the WFP in order to facilitate unhindered administration of its intervention efforts.

Cash Transfer

Earlier, the Assistant Executive Director of the WFP, Roberto DaSilva, had urged the EFCC to ensure transparency, credibility and accountability in the disbursement of funds and purchase of food items to the northeast.

Silva, who led a delegation on a courtesy visit to Magu in Abuja, said: “The Programme focuses on food assistance with humanitarian and social objectives.

“We were in the process of identifying where the World Food Programme presence could support Nigeria, but the situation in the North-East of Nigeria changed our plans. However, we are back now”.

He added that the Programmes was targeted at over 700,000 individuals, including 20, 000 children.

According to him, “as a result of the commitment we have undertaken, we are introducing a series of food assistance, one of them is where a financial transfer takes place to enable them buy food or where we admit any need for assistance in purchase of food.

“We will be disbursing millions of dollars to Nigeria. Half of it will be a cash transfer and the other half is to purchase food items for the two states: Borno and Yobe. It is on this note that we have reached out to the EFCC”.

Silva, who stated that the collaboration between the EFCC and the WFP would ensure the prevention of fraud, added that “there is a need to scale-up and maintain integrity so that more work can be achieved.

“Our expectation is that we establish a Memorandum of Understanding that clearly outlines how we can cooperate together to ensure integrity and deter fraud from happening”.

He disclosed that offices had been set up in Abuja and Maiduguri “with hopes of bringing in 80 to 100 professionals from Nigeria to run the offices in Borno and Yobe”.

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The United Nations had raised concerns of acute malnutrition in the northeast ravaged by over six years of insurgency perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists.

UNICEF said it feared 49,000 children, pregnant women and nursing mothers may die before the end of 2016 if nothing was done to remedy the already dire situation.

The agency had called for more nutritious food and community mobilisers that would go from door to door in the affected region to get the affected children to places they could be treated are some of the aid UNICEF said would help address the situation triggered by Boko Haram insurgency.

‘Skin Over Bones’

The Chief Nutrition Section of UNICEF Nigeria, Arjan De Wagt, told Channels Television that aid to the malnourished children had been hampered by insecurity in the region.

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Arjan De Wagt believes there is still hope for the severely malnourished children if aid would come fast

According to him, 240,000 children are severely malnourished with their ‘skin over their bones’.

“They are so severely malnourished that if nothing is being done they are at a very high risk of dying.

“About one out of five of these children will die if they don’t receive these special support that they need,” he stated.

Mr Wagt said a total of 49,000 persons, including some pregnant and nursing mothers, could die before the end of the year.

Anti-Corruption Summit: Buhari’s Advance Party Leaves Sunday Night

south sudanPresident Muhammadu Buhari’s advance party is expected to leave Nigeria on Sunday, May 8, to the United Kingdom ahead of the President’s arrival on Tuesday, May 10.

The summit is holding in the British capital on Thursday, May 12.

A pre-summit conference of development partners, the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, Transparency International and other civil society groups will also hold on Wednesday, May 11.

At the pre-summit conference, President Buhari is billed to deliver a keynote address titled: “Why We Must Tackle Corruption Together”.

The theme of the Anti-Corruption Summit is ‘Exposing Corruption, Tackling Corruption and Driving Out Corruption’.

President Buhari is once again expected to urge the international community to move faster on the dismantling of safe havens for the proceeds of corruption and the return of stolen funds and assets to their countries of origin.

The President’s delegation to the Summit will include the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami and the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina , said the President was one of the world leaders scheduled to speak at the opening session of the Anti-Corruption Summit with others, including Prime Minister Cameron and the President of World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

“As an internationally recognised leader in the global fight against corruption, President Buhari will play a prominent part in the summit which will be hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron of Great Britain with many other Heads of State and Government in attendance.

“In his address to the summit and interactions with other participating leaders, President Buhari will urge the international community to move faster on the dismantling of safe havens for the proceeds of corruption and the return of stolen funds and assets to their countries of origin.

“The President will also reaffirm his administration’s unwavering commitment to the fight against corruption and the Federal Government’s readiness to partner with international agencies and other countries to identify, apprehend and punish corrupt public officials,” the statement read.

Before returning to Abuja on Friday, May 13, the President is expected to have a separate meeting with Prime Minister Cameron to discuss ongoing Nigeria-Britain collaboration in the war against corruption and terrorism, as well as other issues, including trade and economic relations between both countries.

Buhari To Attend Anti-Corruption Summit In London

buhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday leave for London to participate in the International Anti-Corruption Summit, which will be held at the British capital on Thursday.

President Buhari will ahead of the summit’s opening, deliver a keynote address titled: “Why We Must Tackle Corruption Together” at a pre-summit conference of development partners, the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, Transparency International and other civil society groups on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

The theme of the anti-corruption summit is ‘Exposing Corruption, Tackling Corruption and Driving Out Corruption’, which will be the focus of discussion at the plenary sessions.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina , the President is one of the world leaders scheduled to speak at the opening session of the Anti-Corruption Summit with others, including Prime Minister Cameron and the President of World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

“As an internationally recognised leader in the global fight against corruption, President Buhari will play a prominent part in the summit which will be hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron of Great Britain with many other Heads of State and Government in attendance.

“In his address to the summit and interactions with other participating leaders, President Buhari will urge the international community to move faster on the dismantling of safe havens for the proceeds of corruption and the return of stolen funds and assets to their countries of origin.

“The President will also reaffirm his administration’s unwavering commitment to the fight against corruption and the Federal Government’s readiness to partner with international agencies and other countries to identify, apprehend and punish corrupt public officials,” the statement read.

President Buhari’s delegation to the Summit will include the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Alhaji Abubakar Malami and the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

Before returning to Abuja on Friday, May 13, 2016, the President is expected to have a separate meeting with Prime Minister Cameron to discuss ongoing Nigeria-Britain collaboration in the war against corruption and terrorism, as well as other issues, including trade and economic relations between both countries.