No fewer than twenty-five civil society organizations have expressed appreciation over the Attorney General of the Federation and Ministerof Justice, Abubakar Malami’s efforts that culminated to the successesrecorded in the anti-corruption crusade of the President MuhamaduBuhari’s administration.
This is contained in a statement issued by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu,Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice which wasmade available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday the 11th day of December 2020.
He said the organizations are of national, regional and international operations. They included anti-corruption and forensic investigationbodies, professional associations, student unions, media-based groups, among others.
The groups included Citizens Participation Against CorruptionInitiative, Charted Institute of Forensic Investigative Professionals of Nigeria, Charted Institute of Public Resources Management andPolitics, Ghana, Security and Forensic Studies, Nigeria, MillenniumAfrica Global Initiative, Nigeria Youth Advocacy for Good GovernanceInitiative (NYAGGI), Confederation of Governance Assessment Institute,Arewa Journalists Forum, and Presidential Support Committee.
Others are Competent Governance for Accountability and Civic Trust, National Association of Nigerian Students, Youth-Goal-For-PeaceProject, Michelles Youth Initiative For Sustainable Development, ArewaYouth Salvation Movement, Peace Achievers International Awards, WestAfrican Regional Assembly of the Youth, Society of Professional Management and Development Professionals, The Nigeria Project Ambassadors Initiative, Coalition of Nigerian Entertainers, KanoCorrespondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalist, AhmaduBello University, Zaria Postgraduate Representative Council, Hallmark Newspaper, Lagos, Northern Youth Council and Face of Democracy NigeriaProject.
The Executive Director of Citizens Participation Against CorruptionInitiative, Bashir Dauda in a letter dated 5th November, 2020 addressed to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister ofJustice, Abubakar Malami, noted that their support, and recognition of the Minister was in recognition of Malami’s “excellent commitment tothe fight against corruption in Nigeria”.
The statement added that the apex umbrella body of Nigerian citizens studying in Nigeria and abroad, the National Association of Nigerian Students, (NANS) led by one Bamidele Danielson Akpan also wrote on 25th June, 2020 to appreciate the Attorney General of the Federationand Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN for his numerouscontribution to youth development and for “discharging your dutiesaccording to the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria without fear or favour”.
Also, in a letter jointly signed by the National Coordinator, Adebayo Omoba and National Secretary; Malam Suleiman Musa of the Competent Governance for Accountability and Civic Trust, the group commend the Minister for nation building.
“We hereby commend your dexterous commitment and contribution to the growth of our country Nigeria. In view of your uncommon sense towards the nation building, as keen observers of your shining examples in exceptional delivery in growth and strategies in the Nigerian Ministryof Justice since you assumed office as Minister under the PresidentMuhammadu Buhari’s led administration, our ratification revealed youas a beacon of hope across Nigeria and Africa”.
Michelles Youth Initiative For Sustainable Development, informedMalami that they have nominated him for the award of “Anti-CorruptionCrusader” for his “passion for nation building, dedication to judiciary duties, the passion for humanitarian services, a patriotic citizen that has always stood for Nigeria, a healer that brings succorin times of conflict and disagreement,” among others.
Again, Society of Professional Management and DevelopmentProfessionals International through the Registrar Dr. Ayodele Edwardsnotified Malami of investiture as a fellow and corporate Ambassadorfor the Project Management Profession. According to Dr. Edwards Malamiwas recommended for the award based on his “leadership experience,professional practice and your commitment to nation building”.
Commenting on the development, the statement noted that the commendation the Minister received could not be unconnected to hisselflessness and relentless commitment to public interest, rule of lawand dispassionate approach to dispensation and administration ofjustice in the country.
*Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu*(Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations,Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice)Friday 11th day of December 2020