Anti-Corruption Day: CACOL tasks FG on anti-graft agencies

Culled from Nigerian Pilot
Tuesday, Decmeber 10, 2013

As the annual World Anti-Corruption Day was marked yesterday globally, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, urged President Goodluck Jonathan to step-up fight against corruption through the operation and legal enhancement of the various anti-corruption agencies in the country, saying that motivation would help combat the corruption epidemic ravaging the society.

Speaking during anti-corruption tour organised by CACOL in Lagos yesterday to mark the World Anti-Corruption Day, CACOL executive chairman, Comrade Debo Adeniran, bemoaned the alarming state of corruption in the country, urging anti-graft and security agencies to expedite actions on the allegations of official corruption levelled against many state actors, be it at federal, state and local government level.

“Corruption is the worst form of human rights abuse any one can think of. Corruption is waging war on the rights of the innocent. Corruption is tyrannical; bringing home poverty, deprivation, want, fear and even death to the innocents.

“With this realisation, CACOL, on this day set aside for the world to address issues of corruption, urges President Goodluck Jonathan to put his feet down to frontally combat the epidemic corruption ravaging the country. Security Agencies as well as anti-corruption agencies should be strengthened with funds, equipment, facilities, protection, moral and technical capacity as well as motivation to carry out their patriotic but highly risky national assignment placed on their shoulders.

“We also urge all the anti-graft agencies to be up and doing in detecting, investigating and prosecuting corruption cases in the country. We are equally urging the agencies to expedite actions on the allegations of official corruption levelled against many state actors be it at federal, state and local government level. We ask that due diligent investigations be done, reports be made public, and whoever is indicted be prosecuted and punished appropriately, no matter how highly placed, influential or crafty.

“CACOL further sees the need for our collective will and resolve to rid corruption off our society. This can be done in so many ways as directed by our individual circumstances; through information dissemination, refusal to be used for corrupt purposes and of course, openly shun, despite and disgrace corrupt elements in our society”, he said.

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