The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has said the successes recorded by President Muhammadu Buhari in international asset recovery could be a template for other African countries in the fight against corruption.
Abubakar Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said this while presenting the 2021 annual public lecture in New York.
The event was organized by the Centre for Media and Peace Initiative in New York, United States of America.
Malami, in a statement by Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, his Special Assistant on Media, said President Buhari is Championing the fight against corruption in Africa.
“Various steps have been taken in terms of legislative frameworks, the establishment of institutions and policy measures targeted at combatting corruption, regional corporation and ensuring good governance for the benefit of citizens.
“In 2017, the signing of a trilateral agreement with Switzerland and World Bank enabled the recovery of $322.515million.
“In 2020, a total sum of $311.7million was returned to Nigeria after signing another tripartite agreement with the U.S.A. and Bailiwick of Jersey.
“Also in the year 2020, 5.4million Euros was recovered in March emanating from an agreement signed with Northern Island. The Federal Government was able to recover from the U.K. the sum of €4,214,017.66 connected to James Ibori.
“Additional recoveries to the tune of $200million are being anticipated subject to the settlement of litigations of which the Ministry of Justice is attending to presently.
“President Buhari’s approach in the fight against corruption has been one of three cardinal pillars of our campaign promises, the others are economic and security development,” Malami said.