February 20, 2013 by Sodiq Oyeleke
Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders has accused anti-graft agencies of insincerity in combating corruption in the country.
Executive Chairman of the Coalition, Debo Adeniran, in a statement on Tuesday, reacting to the report by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other-related offences Commission that it was investigating four governors over alleged misappropriation of public funds.
He said, “All the anti-graft agencies in the country have been rendered toothless with less action to back up their talks. There is lack of political will on both sides of the government and the anti-graft agencies to bring corruption perpetrators to book. The agencies are just paying lip service to combating graft whereas the perperators are stealing our common patrimony unperturbed.
“Imagine the agency claiming it is investigating just four governors and cannot even name those governors because a prima facie case has not been established against them. What of the investigations carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on some governors and some with their cases still pending in court? There is need for all these anti-graft agencies to partner and compare notes instead of duplicating effort in order to take the war against corruption to a higher level.”
He advised the anti-graft agencies to shun propaganda and ensure that the masses did not suffer for the negative actions of a few individuals in power.
Adeniran added, “What Nigerians need is action; seeing the leaders that have rendered them impoverished behind the bar, their assets impounded and used for the betterment of the common man. This is the utmost desire of the Nigerian masses. The masses want to see the anti-graft agencies at work!
“The cabals in the oil sector should be brought to book; the people who are perpetrating corruption in the sector must be made to face the law.”