The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has said he was committed to the war against corruption despite widespread insinuations he is not.
The AGF spoke on Wednesday through a statement co-signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Salihu Isah and the Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution (AGF Office), Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla.
He said his to the anti-corruption war led to the filing of a notice of appeal against the acquittal of Senate President Bukola Saraki in his case assets declaration case by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Malami said despite recent setbacks suffered by the anti-corruption war, the government will be resolute in its fight.
He said the fight would continue to be fought “resolutely, painstakingly, doggedly, purposefully and determinedly with all the constitutional and legal arsenals at the disposal of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”
He added that he authorised the filing of the appeal against Saraki’s acquittal by the CCT to show his dedication towards the fight.
The statement read in part, “The Federal Government is more than ever before committed towards the complete eradication of the scourge of corruption and graft in the country.
“In this regard, the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation has directed that a Notice of Appeal be lodged against the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal acquitting and discharging false assets declaration case preferred against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.”
The statement said his attention was drawn to a PACAC member’s comment titled ‘Buhari’s anti-corruption panel lambasts Presidency, Judiciary…says AGF, others not serious about graft war.’”
The statement said, “To say that the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN frowns on the statement is an understatement. In fact, he is highly disappointed that such accusation and statement could be made by those who ought to know better.
“The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation is saddened and flummoxed at the attempt to cast aspersion on his integrity, dedication and commitment to the war against corruption which undoubtedly is one of the major cornerstones of the present administration.
“There is no gainsaying that the incumbent Attorney General of the Federation has shown and demonstrated so much passion, drive, will and enthusiasm in the prosecution of transgressors of the law ever seen in the annals of this country.
“The truth of the matter is that the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation is totally, fully and completely committed, dedicated and supports the war against corruption in all its form and ramification.”