CSOs say Buhari’s anti-corruption fight failing
By Omeiza Ajayi
LAGOS—A coalition of civil society organisations yesterday expressed concern on the state of the polity as it lamented what it described as the progressive decrease in the capacity of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to fight corruption.
The coalition groups led by the Civil Society Advocacy and Legislative Centre, CISLAC at a press conference in Abuja yesterday particularly expressed concern on the stalemate in the fight against corruption noting the abandonment of high profile corruption cases associated with officials of the Federal Government.
The groups also expressed concern at the continued violation of the provisions of the Federal Government procurement laws with the failure of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to inaugurate the National Procurement Council as required by law.
The executive director of CISLAC, Mallam Auwal Rafsanjani and Chairman, Partners for Electoral Reform, PER, who addressed the press on behalf of the 18 groups that included Partners for Electoral Reform, Say No Campaign, State of the Union, SOTU, among others, noted stalemate in the prosecution of some high profile corruption cases.
He said: “We are worried over the administration’s continued unwillingness to exert appropriate sanction against high profile erring officials amongst others which include:
“Salient but illegitimate re-engagement of the former Chairman of the Presidential Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, who was disengaged from service by the previous administration over N2.7b Pension Fraud;
“Babachir Lawal, former SGF attributed to the diversion and mismanagement of about N12 billion North East humanitarian intervention fund;
“The controversial effort by Amb. Babagana Kingibe-led Presidential Review Panel to siphon $44 million Intervention Fund belonging to the National Intelligence Agency, NIA.