President Bola Tinubu has vowed to escalate the anti-corruption drive in Nigeria.
Speaking at the United Nations International Anti-corruption Day 2023 in Abuja, through the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), Tinubu said he remains resolute in bolstering Nigeria’s fight against corruption.
Fagbemi highlighted Tinubu’s unwavering commitment to strengthening anti-corruption efforts across the nation, including implementing the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NAC).
He said NAC revolves around five core pillars, according to Fagbemi’s address at the event.
The pillars encompass preventive measures against corruption, active public engagement, campaigns promoting ethical re-orientation, robust enforcement coupled with stringent sanctions, and the critical recovery and management of ill-gotten gains.
He added that Nigeria has successfully recovered and mobilized an impressive $7.2 billion, showcasing a formidable step forward in reclaiming resources lost to corrupt practices.
The minister also revealed that the United States of America has reiterated its steadfast commitment to collaborate with Nigeria and international partners to reinforce anti-corruption endeavours.
”This international support amplifies the collective resolve to combat corruption on a global scale,” he added.
Reacting, a public policy analyst, Tosan Idiagbe, said:
”Fagbemi’s disclosure at the UN Anti-corruption Day event emphasized President Tinubu’s post-election commitment to fortifying Nigeria’s anti-corruption agenda.
”Beyond intensifying the fight against corruption, Tinubu’s pledge underscores the imperative of judiciously utilizing resources to fuel sustainable economic growth and development across Nigeria.
”The proactive stance of the Nigerian government, coupled with international cooperation, signals a renewed vigour in tackling corruption, promising a more transparent and accountable governance landscape for the nation’s prosperity.”