In a bid to strengthen the anti-corruption war in the country, the Nigerian president has signed instruments of ratification for a number of bilateral agreements on anti- corruption with some countries, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The agreements to be ratified are the pact on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, the agreement on mutual legal assistance in civil and commercial matters, agreement on the transfer of sentenced persons and extradition treaty.
In the words of the president after the signing; “The full implementation of the agreements has, however, been delayed due to the need by both sides to conclude their respective ratification processes.
“I am happy to note, therefore, that pursuant to a Memorandum presented to the Federal Executive Council by the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Council has approved the ratification of the said agreements, thus paving the way for today’s ceremony.
“With this sovereign act, which has been replicated in the United Arab Emirates by their responsible authorities, we are now in a position to utilise these agreements fully to foster cooperation between our respective authorities particularly for the purpose of prosecuting the anti-corruption campaign of this Government”.
“All agencies of government with roles to play under the respective Treaties now ratified are hereby directed to ensure that they play their anticipated roles in an effective and responsible manner in order to ensure that we reap the full benefits of these Agreements. I thank you all for your attention and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, he stated.
Similarly, President Buhari listed other Instruments of Ratification slated for execution to include, Charter for the Lake Chad Basin between Nigeria, Cameroun, Central African Republic, Libya, Niger and the Republic of Chad.
Others are, African Tax Administration Forum Agreement on Mutual Assistance in Tax Matters, world Intellectual Property Organisation Performances and Phonograms Treaty, the World Intellectual Property Organization Treaty on Audio-Visual Performances and Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise.