By Musa Adamu
As Nigeria commemorates the 2017 Anti-corruption Day, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has condemned what it termed the recent malicious developments which manifest in selective approach and procedure, and deliberate political reluctance permeating the fight against corruption in the country.
Speaking via a pres ststaement issued by its Executive Director, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, CISLAC decleared that while it was aware of the various commitments including the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit in London and campaign promise by the present administration to combat corruption in all ramifications without fear or favour, it finds it disturbing that official corruption was deeply embedded and fast becoming a permanent fixture of public servants’ daily life.
It averred that it was worried over the administration’s continued unwillingness to exert appropriate sanction against erring officials found wanting in cases of silent but illegitimate re-engagement of the former Chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Team,
It also expressed it worry over non-investigation of N120bn security scam attributed to the serving Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Kpotum Idris; the hypocritically unresolved alleged breach of due process in the award of $25 billion contract involving the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru.
It further avered that “We are concerned over the administration’s emerging dwindling capability in handling high profile corruption cases, giving chances to culprits to walk freely on the street and positive signal to potential culprits to freely engage in corruption. “We observed that the manner in which systemic corrupt practices are encouraged and celebrated, especially in the public sector, if not rapidly addressed will ultimately erode citizens’ trust and confidence in governance and eventually backpedal the gains and recorded progress from anti-corruption in the country.”
CISLAC also took a swipe against the National Assembly which it accused of focusing on needless exercise.
The group therefore, demands immediate action by President Muhammadu Buhari to honour promises and commitments and fully implements various policies instituted against corruption without fear or favour.
It also called on the National Assembly to descend from potential activities that could sabotage anti-corruption effort and support legislative processes and activities that aid anti-corruption.”