The Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED) yesterday shed light on what might have influenced the recent Transparency International’s verdict on worsening level of corruption in Nigeria despite the war being waged against the malaise by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The global anti-corruption watchdog had last week in its current global rating said corruption was getting worse in Nigeria
But, Comrade Dr. Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi, Executive Director of the centre, in an email response to DAILY INDEPENDENT’s enquiry, said the global anti-corruption watchdog must have taken a good look at key institutions of government, and how they are faring with respect to the anti-corruption programme of the government.
“We are sure the Transparency International does not look at quantum of money recovered, but rather focused on the commitments by state and non-state actors. In that regard, it is not only embarrassing, but very untenable that Nigeria’s National Assembly is still being led by a man who has been repeatedly linked to several corruption scandals across the globe, including being mentioned in the Panama and Paradise papers for hiding assets in offshore tax havens. It is also common knowledge that about 50% of the nation’s treasury looters presently occupy the National Assembly, with several of them having cases of corruption hanging on their necks, ’’he said.
According to him, the massive stealing at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) by its former boss, Ayodele Oke; and the recent allegation of attempt to steal the $44 million recovered from Oke by members of the presidential panel will certainly not give Buhari government a pass mark in anti-graft war.
He said that Transparency International is also not unaware about the refusal of Department of State Security (DSS) to make available a former Director, Ita Ekpeyong, and Oke for investigation by EFCC, stressing that: ’’Or is it the brazen denial of confirmation to Ibrahim Magu by the Senate in cohort with agencies of the government that will earn the government award in the book of Transparency International?’’
He added that it was clear that the judicial and executive branches of the government harbour certain individuals who see any effort to kill corruption as a threat to their personal interest.