Foremost Human rights lawyer, Chief Femi Falana has said that the fight against corruption in Nigeria is being sabotaged by officials appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Falana disclosed that the anti-corruption movement is being marred by the appointments of corrupt individuals in public offices.
“No doubt, the Buhari administration declared a war on corruption. But the regime is currently sabotaging the war through the questionable reinstatement of highly corrupt public officers. Apart from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, other anti-graft agencies have been tactically castrated by the Senate which has refused to confirm the members of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Code of Conduct Bureau. The national assembly has also failed to pass the bills for the establishment of the Anti-Corruption Court, Whistle Blowing Bill, Proceed of Crime Bill etc.
The Buhari regime has not mobilized and involved the Nigerian people in the fight against corruption. Hence the people have not joined issues with the legislators on the refusal to pass the necessary bills to fight corruption. By reinstating and retaining corrupt public officers the regime is encouraging corruption to fight back. The APC controls the majority of the members of the national assembly. Yet the assembly is dedicated to the frustration of the war against corruption. Out of the 21 states controlled by the APC, only Kano state has an anti-corruption agency.”