A civil society group, Stand Up Nigeria (SUN) has asked the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami to ignore all petitions against him and increase his onslaught against all indicted Nigerians.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, the national secretary of the SUN, Sunday Attah said the call for Malami’s sack is an indication that the AGF who is also the minister of justice is hitting corruption hard.
Attah said a show of the strength of the AGF can be seen in the recent conviction of the ex-director general of Nigerian Maritime Agency (NIMASA), Raymond Omasteye.
Attah also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore calls for the sack of the AGF who is an ideal embodiment of the president’s anti-corruption mandate.
“In the short time Mr. Malami has been at the helms as AGF and Minister of Justice, we have seen enough proof that he embodies President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of justice,” Attah said.
“We have seen an anti-corruption crusade that is yielding results without resorting to jungle manoeuvres. The conviction and jailing of the ex-NIMASA Director General, Raymond Omatseye is enough testament that the AGF is up to speed with his job description.
“Nigerians also did not lose sight of the pace at which trials of persons arraigned for corruption are going as opposed to the past when suspects are charged and the trials get stuck for months. We are also mindful of the several cases we once thought were lost but that have been revived today.
“These, no doubt, are among the reason Mr. Malami has become the subject of petitions and letters demanding for his sack. It takes someone that has proven himself as the engine house of President Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade to make such powerful enemies.
“We urge the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Mr. Malami Abubakar SAN to increase the onslaught on persons indicted for corruption and to the fight against graft to the next level. The assets and funds to be recovered from this exercise is sorely needed at this point in time that the economy is struggling.
“We appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to disregard the calls for him to sack the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Mr. Malami Abubakar SAN. Contrary to the lies being told, falling for propaganda to fire Mr. Abubakar will signifying a policy U-turn on the part of his government and it will lead to loss of international goodwill and local support for the anti-corruption drive,” Attah added.