Ensure Immediate Passage Of Anti-Corruption Bill Or Face Incitement From Nigerians, Group Warns Senate
The Senate would be risking inciting of the Nigerian public against it if it fails to pass the anti-corruption bill into law as soon as it resumes.
A group, Alternative to Corruption and Mis-Governance handed out the warning while briefing the press in Kaduna on Wednesday.
National Coordinator, of the group, Steve Aluko-Daniel who read the text of the briefing on behalf of other executives, stressed that the only way the 8th Senate can win the hearts of Nigerians is by expecting action on the bill.
He explained that the only fight that can out Nigeria on the path of development is the fight against corruption.
“Corruption is the worst evil that this country has experienced or will experience because it definitely is the major reason why this country is set back economically. There is no other single reason, the simple reason is corruption because this country has resources and not just material resources but human resources in abundance.
The fact that someone cornered the resources for themselves is what account for where we are today economically”.
The group quoted Acting President Professor Yemi Osibanjo, while commenting on corruption.
Alternative To Corruption and Mis-Governance, which has its head office in Jos, Plateau State said that it has become imperative for them to convene the press conference to challenge the worrisome development inhibiting the fight against corruption, mis-governance, transparency and accountability in governance which will provide good democratic practice in Nigeria.
“We are activist committed to the Nigeria project: that have active in the pro democracy and Human Right struggles against military Regimes, to enthrone democracy and good governance in Nigeria. our Resolve and quest for civil rules and good governance is what propels us to support the campaign and fight against corruption and Mis-governance in all its ramification.
“We are not in doubt that the fight is a herculean task as corruption is quite endemic in the country and will surely fight back.This in essence has further endear us to the urgent need to re-invent the will to fight the “fight back syndrome”. It is these individuals and groups that have looted resources of this country, that depressed our economy and are now using the ill-gotten wealth to emasculate the fight against corruption,” it said.
The group while speaking further, said that corruption and misgovernance has worsened the fault lines among citizens which fuels agitation for disintegration and dismemberment of the country along regional and ethnic lines
“Interestingly, corruption knows no bound, ethnicity or region and have so far undermined national projects capable of transforming the lives of Nigerians there by making us a victim.
“Having closely observed these sad and self inflicted negative development in our country. We as activist of Northern extraction consider it duty bound to come out forcefully in support of the fight against corruption and bad governance. It is not in doubt that the ills of corruption and bad governance is worst felt in this part of the country. As a matter of fact, we don’t need any statistics to show the high level of poverty despondency and illiteracy in the North,” it emphasized.
The group lamented that the sad and shameful state of Northern Nigeria and Nigeria as a whole, pushed them into fully supporting the campaign and fight against corruption and bad governance at all levels as enunciated by the Buhari Administration.
“Given the overwhelming support given to the APC and it’s Presidential candidate president Muhammadu Buhari a new dimension to the fight against was introduced. While other regimes turned deaf ears and tight lips over alleged corruption cases and practices, the Muhammadu Buhari administration emphatically stated it’s zero tolerance to corruption.
“In its resolve to drive home it’s point that it is either ” we kill corruption or corruption will kill Nigeria”. It immediately set up an inaugurated the presidential advisory committee, initiated several executive bills to aid the fight against corruption and most recently the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of EFCC.
“Since the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of EFCC, he has been able to rejuvenate and transformed the EFCC. The Anti-corruption drive took a result yielding dimension. It is on record that many are being investigated, charged to court for prosecution, and jailed. There is also increasing cases of seizure and forfeiture of ill- gotten assets, recovering Of looted funds both within and outside Nigeria, of most importance is his determination and courage to demystify corruption and corrupt practices in Nigeria. Of utmost importance is his integrity to fight on and ready to stake his integrity for the sustenance of the fight against corruption.
“In his words, ” If we don’t work today and fight against corruption, the future is not guaranteed, the future of our children is not guaranteed. so we must wake up where ever you find yourself, fight corruption, ANYTIME YOU DISCOVER THAT I AM CORRUPT EXPOSE ME” Ibrahim Magu. ”
The group therefore, called on all well meaning Nigerians to speak out, campaign and fight against corruption in all its ramifications of life.
“As corruption has and can still undermine our capacity as a people and as a nation.
“We call on the executive arm of government to give all the necessary support to Ibrahim Magu to fight corruption and corrupt practices to its logical end. . The executive arm must not allow itself to be derail, or succumb to misguided criticism, cheap blackmail and political hara-kiri by corrupt elements and institutions.
“We call on Ibrahim Magu to remain steadfastly focused, committed and resolute in his commitment to the fight against corruption and NEVER be in any way be distracted by the issue of confirmation.
“We call on the presidency never to allow itself to be swayed into the erroneous suggestions of replacing Ibrahim Magu as the chief executive of EFCC. If the presidency allow itself to be blackmail by any individual, groups or institutions, it will readily compromise the fights against corruption and bad governance. It will readily undermine the administration thrust of fighting corruption in Nigeria with attendant negative consequence,” they appealed.
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