Ohanaeze Youths Knock Buhari Over Transparency Int’l Low Corruption Rating
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council [OYC] Worldwide had chided the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government over the latest ranking of Nigeria on the Corruption index by Transparency International.
OYC Worldwide gave the sharp rebuke in a press release titled “Nigeria’s Transparency International low rating: Buhari should Fight Corruption Fiercely by Jailing More Sacred Cows and Untouchables, blames low rating on the Corruption in APC and PDP.
The statement signed by Mazi Okechukwu isiguzoro, the President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, and Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide reads:
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide had viewed the recent poor ranking of Nigeria in the Corruption index by Transparency Int’l with Mixed Feelings, as Nigeria is now ranked 146 out of the 180 Countries on the 2019 Corruption Perception index.
Nigeria scored 26 out of 100 points according to Auwal Rafsanjani, Head of Transparency Int’l Nigeria.
OYC described the Perception reports credited to Transparency int’l as biased verdict, not true reflection of what is on the ground, not fact-based research largely influenced by opposition parties and omitted the achievements recorded so far by President Muhammadu Buhari’s courage to pursue fight against corruption.
The recent pronouncement of Transparency International, though a respected international perception reports based on third party information, but the reality on ground disputes the perception as biased verdict.
OYC insists there are more gains in the fight against Corruption, but Nigerians should accept the indictment by T.I. as a blessing in disguise.
Presidency should advance to the next level of the Anti-Corruption war, without perceived being Selective as a way prove to prove that the TI reports was not true reflection of what is on the ground.
The federal government should review their tactics in the fight against Corruption by Jailing those untouchable but overrated sacred cows whose pending cases had lasted more than a decade in various courts or swept under the Carpet.
there should be accelerated hearings and Judgement on those cases involving most former governors, Ministers, Senators and others, from both the Ruling and Opposition parties.
There should be strict adherence to Rule of law, Strict reflection of Federal Character in sharing of political Appointments and independence of the Judiciary and Legislative arms of Government should be encouraged, failed contractors and subcontractors should be in Jail, especially as Nigeria and international Community await the Presidency forensic investigative reports of the huge fraud harvest in NDDC Projects across 9 States, Nigerians expect fierce but radical approach towards sanitizing corruption in public institutions, and political parties.
Anti-Graft agencies, EFCC and ICPC should investigate allegations of Corruption levelled against Some National Party Chairmen and leaders, whether in the APC, PDP or other political parties.
The Perception index of Transparency Int’l, even though seen as third party biased verdict, should serve as a motivational force For Presidency to be more fierce and ruthless in Fighting Corruption and Jail Sacred Cows both in APC and PDP.
We applaud Federal Government on recent judgements that saw some corrupt Politicians be in detention.
President Muhammadu Buhari has nothing to lose if our Prisons are filled to the brim and later be Converted to a Museum for Convicted Corrupt Politicians before the end of 2020.
Mostly, those jostling for 2023 whose pending cases are still in Court or stalled, should be accelerated and those who are victims of political vendetta whose cases are publicly viewed as sheer witch-hunting should be allowed to regain their freedom and properties.
But those who crossed carpet from One political party to another in other to evade prosecution and were declared Political Saints by Adams Oshiomole Should be tried and if found guilty should be Jailed.
OYC lauds so far the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime in the fight against corruption, as history will vindicate the Just.