Nigerian President Appoints Anti-Corruption Advisors

Nigerian President Appoints Anti-Corruption Advisors


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a committee to advise him on how best to tackle corruption and reform the legal system. The seven-member Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption is made up mostly of academics.

Buhari was elected in May 2015, largely on promises of good governance and security. He has said he believes government officials have stolen about $150 billion from the public purse over the past decade.

“The committee’s brief is to advise the present administration on the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria’s criminal justice system,” presidential spokesman Femi Adesina said.

Adesina was unable to say when the committee would report back to the president with recommendations.

In a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in July 2015, Buhari appealed for help in finding and returning government money he said had been stolen and was being held in foreign bank accounts.