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Buhari Formally Launches War Against Corruption, Appoints Professor Sagay To Head The Committee

Prof Sagay of War Against Corruption
Reminiscent of the 1983 War Against Indiscipline (WAI) when he was military Head of State, President Buhari has today, formally launched War Against Corruption (WAC) with a prominent Professor of Law and human rights activist, Itse Sagay heading it. Sagay was appointed as Head of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the War.
A statement today by the special adviser to the President on media and publicity, Femi Adesina said that the committee would be expected to advise the President Buhari on the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria’s criminal justice system.
Adesina said that the committee is also expected to develop comprehensive interventions for achieving recommended reforms.
He named other members of the Committee as Professor Femi Odekunle who is a Professor of Criminology from Ahmadu Bello University; Dr. (Mrs.) Benedicta Daudu, an Associate Professor of International Law from the University of Jos; Professor E. Alemika who is a Professor of Sociology also from the University of Jos; Professor Sadiq Radda, a Professor of Criminology from Bayero University, Kano and Hadiza Bala Usman, a civil society Activist as members while
Professor Bolaji Owasanoye of the
Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies would serve as member and Executive Secretary of the Committee
Adesina’s statement said that an Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund has been established by three international development partners in support of the Federal Government’s efforts at fighting corruption.
The three international development partners are the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Open Society Foundation.
Adesina said that the $5 million fund would be used to assist the implementation of key components of the Action Plan and the work of the Presidential Advisory Committee.
“The fund will be managed by Trust Africa, an international development Civil Society Organisation with programme presence in more than 25 African countries.” [myad]

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