CSOs urge AGF to dismiss silly petitions against some govt officers
Civil Society Organization trio of Citizens Watch Nigeria (CWN), Transparency Centre Network (TCN), and Good Governance Project Initiative (GGPI) have descended heavily on Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) for writing frivolous, self-serving, time wasting and ill-motivated petitions to the Attorney General of the Federation against some top government officials in PMB’s administration.
A terse statement written and signed by the Executive Secretary CWN, Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele, National Convener TCN, Umar Faruk and National President GGPI, Innocent Okadigbo described some of the CSNAC’s petitions as malicious, wicked, defamatory and evil aimed at resolving personal grievances, settling old scores and seeking revenge on perceived enemies because some of the said petitions have been handled severally by anti-graft agencies and found to have lacked merit and subsequently dismissed.
The trio maintained that this matter has gone beyond anti-corruption war but has become highly political and unpatriotic aimed at distracting PMB’s Government and later accuse him of achieving nothing.
All the accused are patriotic Nigerians and key players in PMB government and their mischievous aim is to dampen their enthusiasm to work for the government.
It could be recalled that CSNAC had mentioned Abba Kyari, COS to Mr. President, Tukur Buratai COAS, Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of trade, Mike Okiro, Chairman PSC; and the Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Danbazau in its petition to the Attorney General as public officials to be investigated but the CSO trio insisted that some of the mentioned persons had no case to answer but CSNAC and its paymasters have some axe to grind with them.
The statement added that there is a particular person CSLAC has been witch-hunting for a very long time and even pressurised an anti-graft agency to indict him but after examining the case, the anti-graft agency found nothing against him and exonerated him of any wrong doing but CSLAC is curiously insisting on the case.
The trio urged the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami to be vigilant and cautious of such blackmailers, witch-hunters and mischief makers who are hell-bent in smearing the good reputation of honest and hardworking Nigerians working tirelessly for the good of PMB government because of past disagreements.
According to the statement, “PMB should ignore the antics of these unpatriotic and disgruntled elements masquerading themselves as activists and move forward as a former American President said, “if you are running and looking back, its either you fall or slowdown”.
The CSO’s endorsed the present anti-corruption war by PMB administration and hailed the AGF for being at the forefront but cautioned against its hijack by people on revenge mission to blackmail others and achieve their selfish agenda.
The trio described CSNAC as a representative, a voice and bandwagon of evil conspirators and a cabal full of mischief and urged Nigerians to be wary of their antics and disregard these petitions as mere hoax and hogwash.
By Innocent Ebirim