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    Wednesday, 21 October 2015

    Anti-graft war: You are selective, rights activist tells Buhari



    By Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman,

    As controversy still rages on over the way and manner, the President
    and Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces, General Muhammadu Buhari,rtd
    was prosecuting the war against the menace of corruption in the
    country, a human rights activist and Executive Chairman, Centre for
    Human rights and Social Justice(CHRSJ),Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman
    has declared that the ongoing fight against the graft by the present
    administration was selective and lacks direction, just as he stated
    that the noise through media propaganda has override the core value of
    the fight against the menace.

    Reacting to the controversy generated by the war against corruption in
    the polity, through a press statement issued and signed by Comrade
    Sulaiman after attending the 19th Annual Kolagbodi Memorial lecture,
    held in Banquet Hall, Lagos Travel Inn, Ikeja, which a copy was made
    available to newsmen in Lagos on Monday, he stated that it would
    difficult for Buhari led-government to win any war against corruption
    by targeting the members of the opposition and political opponents.

    He however described the development as parochial, ungodly,
    undemocratic and unconstitutional which is against Buhari’s inaugural
    speech during his sworn-in ceremony as elected President of Nigeria on
    May 29th, 2015, that “I belong to nobody and I belong to everybody”,
    saying that there was no way a government could fight corruption
    without monitoring its agencies in charge of fighting the cancer worm
    that has eaten deep into the fabrics of the country system.

    His words:”This is against the principle of fight against the menace
    of corruption which has been the bane of the country’s national
    development and also against the principle of equity, fairness and
    justice that against the preamble of the amended 1999 Constitution
    which Mr. President takes oath to uphold without fear or favour.

    “How President of Nigeria, General Muhammadu Buhari, rtd will defend
    some former All Progressives Congress (APC) governors that have one
    corrupt allegation or the others on their necks, without asking them
    to go and clear their names first. President Buhari still goes against
    his anti-corruption stance by still sending their names to the Senate
    for screening and confirmation in the name of politics”.

    Sulaiman reiterated that Buhari lacked credible defence in sending the
    names of those who have been alleged of one corrupt practice or the
    others, instead of President Buhari to defer their names, pending the
    provision of satisfactory report on them that exonerate them from the
    corrupt allegations  but the presidency that claimed to be fighting
    corruption, was lobbying the senate now to clear the controversial
    personalities because Buhari wants  them to be in his government at
    all cost.

    According to him: “It is an eye opener and on records  that only
    members of the opposition political parties and political opponents
    are being invited since June 1st ,2015 to October 20th ,2015 by the
    anti-graft agencies in the country .President Buhari should know that
    Nigeria is not going to eat integrity but they need good governance
    with good economy direction that would make live bearable for them.

    “Till this present moment(since Five months now) ,Buhari’s government
    lacks economic blue print and direction in governance which lead to
    the uproar in various State of the federation after submitting its
    ministerial nominees to the Senate because Buhari lacks cohesion
    within the ruling party by allowing internal democracy to operate in
    their folds”.

    Querying rhetorically, why the anti-graft agencies, particularly, the
    Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) refused to investigate
    the petition forwarded to it by some Civil Society Organizations
    (CSOs)  where they raised corrupt allegations against Mr Babatunde
    Fashola of Lagos State,Mr Rotimi Amaech of River State and host of
    others? Is it because they were members of ruling party in the land?
    Or they wanted to be the Ministers in Buhari’s government.


    Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman, is the executive chairman,
    Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ). He could be reached on:  +2348038591504 & +2348022697573

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