Bola Tinubu has been accused of placing people in positions of authority who are allegedly corrupt, according to the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC).
In a joint statement with Transparency International (TI) Nigeria issued on Sunday in Abuja, CISLAC stated that the appointments cut across the executive and legislative arms of governments.
Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, Executive Director of CISLAC, expressed concern about the impact such measures would have on the nation’s anti-corruption fight.
“A scenario where an individual who has very substantial corruption allegation against him is made to lead the ruling political party is worrisome. These are happening despite ongoing investigation by anti-graft agency both at the state and federal level against some of these individuals.”
“We find it appalling that some of the names sent by the president to the National Assembly to be screened for ministerial positions have corruption related cases to answer with the anti-graft agencies.
“Going by this list, the president would correctly be perceived as shown lack of care about integrity in governance and turn a deafening hears to public outcry on key issues especially the fight against corruption,” Rafsanjani said.
He stated that Nigeria is reversing the progress made in its anti-corruption initiatives since the return to democracy in 1999, as evidenced by the cabinet list provided to the senate.
He said, “For example, the list has an ex-governor internationally accused of aiding a former military ruler to launder Nigeria’s wealth abroad. It is also disturbing that a politician who has a case to answer with the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is at the leadership of the National Assembly and will be conducting oversight duties on anti-graft agencies, including the EFCC. We equally frown at the recycling of some ex-governors and ex-minsters who glaringly failed to perform in their previous assignments.”
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He claimed that it is obvious from the grouping of these allegedly dishonest people that President Tinubu is unconcerned about the public’s desire for an accountable and responsive government.
He added that due to the severe harm that acts like money laundering, drug trafficking, promoting violence, and the illegal proliferation of weapons have caused to Nigeria, which has contributed to and will continue to worsen insecurity, poverty, the breakdown of the nation’s educational, health care, infrastructure, and ethnic and value systems, Nigeria’s reputation in the international community will continue to suffer.
“We find it very sad that young Nigerians will have no positive lesson to learn from these corrupt leaders.
“Citizens and well-meaning Nigerians must continue to demand that transparency, accountability and responsible leadership be institutionalized in our public offices,” Rafsanjani said. #CISLAC