#NigeriaAt57: We’re aware fighting corruption was never going to be a straightforward task-President Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he knew that fighting corruption wasn’t going to be an easy task, “We expected corrupt elements to use any weapon to fight back, mainly judicial obstruction and political diversion. But we are determined to eradicate corruption from our body politic.”

He said this in a nationwide broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 57th Independence Day Anniversary

The president said his administration was determined to eliminate corruption from Nigeria’s polity by further consolidating on the achievements made so far in fighting the menace.

In this fight, the Government has:
• Empowered teams of prosecutors,
• Assembled detailed databases,
• Accelerated the recovery of stolen funds.
The Administration’s new institutional reforms include:
• Enforcing Treasury Single Account,
• Whistle-Blowers Policy,
• Integrated Payroll Personnel and Information System, he said

He praised the cooperation of the Judiciary for supporting the administration’s anti corruption, “recently the Chief Justice of the Federation directed heads of all courts to accelerate hearing of corrupt cases and dismiss any judicial officers found to have been compromised.”

Buhari has gave kudos to the Nigeria’s Chief Justice for appointing Retired Justice Salami to head a committee saddled with the responsibility of making sure that corrupt cases are properly handled, “The government expect much from this committee.”

It’d be recalled that on September 27, 2017, the National Judicial Council announcement the appointment of a retired president of the Court of Appeal, Ayo Salami, to head a committee to monitor corruption cases in Nigerian court.

Mr. Salami was controversially removed from the judiciary by the PDP-led administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Salami will head a 15-member committee for the task of regularly monitoring and evaluation of proceedings at designated courts for financial and economic crimes nationwide; Advising the Chief Justice of Nigeria on how to eliminate delay in the trial of alleged corruption cases; Giving feedback to the Council on progress of cases in the designated courts, conduct background checks on judges selected for the designated courts; and Evaluating the performance of the designated courts,” NJC spokesman Mr. Soji Oye said.

Members of the committee are:

A Hon. Justice Isa Ayo Salami, OFR Chairman
B Hon. Justice Kashim Zannah (OFR),


Chief Judge, Borno State
C Hon. Justice P.O. Nnadi,


Chief Judge, Imo State
D Hon. Justice Marsahal Umukoro,


Chief Judge Delta State


E Hon. Justice M. L. Abimbola,


Chief Judge, Oyo State


F Mr. A.B Mahmoud OON, SAN, President, Nigerian Bar Association,


G Chief Wole Olanipekun OFR SAN, Former NBA President
H Mr. Olisa Agbakoba OON SAN, Former NBA President
I Mr. J.B Daudu SAN,


Former NBA President
J Mr. Augustine Alegeh SAN,


Former NBA President
K Dr. Garba Tetengi SAN,


Member, NJC
L Mrs. R.I Inga


M Representative, Non-Governmental Organisations
N Representative, Ministry of Justice
O Representative, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
P Secretary NJC, Gambo Saleh Secretary, NJC