By SPYGHANA On 23 Feb, 2013 At 02:44 PM
The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has called on all the anti-graft agencies in the country to partner in order to reduce corruption to the barest minimum in the Nigerian polity.
Reacting to the news of the investigation of four governors over alleged misappropriation of public funds and abuse of office by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, the Executive Chairman of the Coalition, Debo Adeniran noted that all Nigerian anti-graft agencies must partner and compare notes to rid the country of endemic corruption.
“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 anti-graft agencies are just paying lip service to combating graft whereas the corruptionists are stealing our common patrimony unperturbed. Imagine the agency claiming they are 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 have even been arraigned with the cases 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.
What Nigerians need is action; seeing the leaders that have rendered them impoverished behind the bars, their assets impounded and used for the betterment of the common man: this is the utmost desire of the Nigerian masses. Enough of many talks, 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 oil sector must be made to face the wrath of the law! The cabals in the power sector who are making life unbearable for the mass of the people must be exposed! They must be named and shamed to serve as deterrent to others that are into the same act,” Adeniran said.