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AFRICA  ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY: NIGERIA’S ANTI-GRAFT AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES NEED TO DO MORE  AHEAD OF THE 2023 ELECTIONS

AFRICA  ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY: NIGERIA’S ANTI-GRAFT AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES NEED TO DO MORE  AHEAD OF THE 2023 ELECTIONS

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Transparency International (TI) Nigeria has canvassed the need for the anti-graft agencies to do step up their  game ahead the conduct of the 2023 general elections.

The Executive Director,  CISLAC Auwal Ibrahim Musa gave the advice in a statement marking the Africa Anti-Corruption Day.

He congratulated  Nigerians and Africans in extension as the continent  marks  this year’s Anti-Corruption Day Celebration.

According to him, this year’s celebration, which is the sixth edition being commemorated  has the theme: “Strategies and Mechanisms for the Transparent Management of Covid-19 Funds”.

CISLAC  reminds the government on the need to be transparent on its expenditures.

A good example is the lingering fuel scarcity which has lasted for months. Despite the huge sums set aside for subsidy payments, citizens struggle to understand how trillions are budgeted for fuel subsidy.

The  celebration according to CISLAC  is a good time to remind INEC, anti-graft agencies and law enforcement agencies of their role in enabling a free and fair elections devoid of dirty money and vote trading. As the highest Illicit Financial Flow (IFF) offender in the African continent with and estimated sum of $18billion USD

It alluded  to the African Union High Level panel on IFF led by Thabo Mbeki, existing laws around money laundering and political party financing in Nigeria should be adhered to so that politicians don’t use ill gotten wealth to get into power.

CISLAC uses the  opportunity to remind the current government that citizens are keenly watching events around the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, with 3 different individuals acting in that capacity in less than 2 months, and the numerous allegations against the previous two, citizens demand answers and the government should not sweep the matter under the carpet.

There is also a need to investigate the deteriorating security situation bedevilling the country, the latest which is the Kuje prison break.

CISLAC says recent discoveries of huge sums in the residence of military contractors needs to be investigated to its logical conclusion.

Funds meant for securing the lives and properties of Nigerians shouldn’t be diverted.

It  calls on the anti-graft agencies to be very professional in their actions rather than seek media trial and sensational reporting, they should endeavour to do their assignments thoroughly so that state resources are conserved.

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