CSO Wants FG To Check Corruption In AGoF 

CSO Wants FG To Check Corruption In AGoF 

Abdulateef Bamgbose 

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy of Nigeria , (CISLAC) and  Transparency International (TI) have called on 

Nigeria’s Anti-graft and Law Enforcement Agencies , to  do more in the  fight against corruption  ahead of the 2023 Elections, while calling on relevant authorities to investigate the recent discovery of billions of Naira by the ICPC in a residence belongings to a military contractor, in Abuja.

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and  Transparency International (TI) stated this in a statement made available to Newsmen, in Abuja to mark this year African Anti- Corruption Day, while congratulating  Nigerians and Africans in extension .

 This year’s celebration, which is the sixth edition with  the theme: “Strategies and Mechanisms for the Transparent Management of Covid-19 Funds” and we at CISLAC wish to urge  the government on the need to be transparent on its expenditures.” 

The group lamented that despite the huge expenditures on critical infrastructure and power sector there is little or nothing to show because of the way and manners these expenditures are handled.

“A good example is the lingering fuel scarcity which has lasted for months. This is despite the huge sums set aside for subsidy payments. Citizens struggle to understand how trillions are budgeted for fuel subsidy.” It stated 

With this year anniversary coming with the general elections in Nigeria by the corner Auwal Ibrahim Musa , the Executive Director of CISLAC, said that 

” It  is a good time to remind INEC, anti-graft agencies and other law enforcement agencies of their role in enabling a free and fair elections devoid of dirty money and vote trading.”

Continued,  he said that, “As the highest Illicit Financial Flow (IFF) offender in the African continent with and estimated sum of $18billion USD according to the African Union High Level panel on IFF led by Thabo Mbeki, existing laws around money laundering and political party financing in Nigeria should be adhered to so that politicians don’t use ill gotten wealth to get into power.” 

“CISLAC  also use this opportunity to remind the current government that citizens are keenly watching events around the office of the accountant general of the federation. With 3 different individuals acting in that capacity in less than 2 months, and the numerous allegations against the previous two, citizens demand answers and the government should not sweep the matter under the carpet.” It warns .

“There is also a need to investigate the deteriorating security situation bedeviling the country, the latest which is the Kuje Prison break and the recent  discoveries of huge sums in the residence of military contractors needs to be investigated to its logical conclusion. Funds meant for securing the lives and properties of Nigerians shouldn’t be diverted.”

“In conclusion, we would like to call on the anti-graft agencies to be very professional in their actions rather than seek media trial and sensational reporting, they should endeavour to do their assignments thoroughly so that state resources are conserved.

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