Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this week’s Inspiring Country Actions Series of the Rebrand Nigeria Campaign!
This week, we are delighted to focus our discussion on the fight against corruption in Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recently, Mr President said that the international community has recognized his government’s efforts in fighting corruption as “real and effective” and that the face of the country abroad is also changing since the international community has seen the country making substantial progress in the enthronement of transparency, accountability and good governance.
Of a truth, the successes recorded so far by the anti-graft agencies, the EFCC and ICPC are boosting the re-branding of Nigeria’s international image. Signing up to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and operating within the frameworks of the National Action Plan of the #OGP as well as those of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy which is an adaptation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and the Global Forum for Asset Recovery (GFAR) are inspiring actions towards winning the war against corruption.
Other reforms of the Government, such as the Government Integrated, Financial and Management Information System (GIFMIS), the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the Treasury Single Account, and the Bank Verification Number (BVN) which have succeeded over the years have made positive impacts on government revenue and expenditure management.
Also worthy of mention are other Executive Orders from Mr. President, such as the Preservation of Suspicious Assets Connected with Corruption (Executive Order 6), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Act 2018; and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 2018 which are effectively limiting corrupt practices within the system.
Signing up to the OGP and other global anti-corruption platforms are clear indications that the Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari is subjecting itself to periodic review of the progress it is making in implementing the articles of those conventions.
The President of the 7th Session of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) had this to say when announcing Nigeria as Vice Chairman of Conference of State Parties… “It is an election well-deserved. Nigeria has demonstrated remarkable determination in the fight against corruption.”
According to President Buhari, “My resolve is to ensure that the reforms are deepened such that there will be no hiding place for corrupt persons and proceeds of corruption. My aim is to ensure that no government financial transaction is done in secret and that all transactions are subjected to public scrutiny. We are determined to institute a level of transparency in governance through information technology platforms. Just as in advanced democracies and some developing countries, we want to make sure that citizens would be able to follow core government operations on line. We have reached advanced stage in Fiscal Transparency. The Appropriation Bill is placed online within hours of its presentation to the National Assembly.”
Woow, there are so many other such reforms to talk about but we cannot discuss all of them now. We decided to showcase these achievements in the war against corruption this week because most Nigerians and foreigners outside the shores of this land do not know about them. If they know all these, by now the ugly narratives about our country and our leaders would have changed for the better.
Therefore, in our opinion, #PresidentBuhari deserves some accolades for initiating all these anti-corruption reforms and complying with the global resolutions against the canker worm.
For us at the #UgwumbaLeadershipCenter, we salute the courage of President Muhammdu Buhari for his doggedness and commitment in this war. We also commend the efforts of the leaders of the EFCC and ICPC in making the war against corruption effective.