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Anti-graft body dismisses President's silence on corruption

24 January 2014, 08:42Augustine Osayande

Abuja – The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has faulted President Goodluck Jonathan over his statement made at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland suggesting that corruption was not the cause of all the problems confronting Africa.

In response, SERAP, in a statement on signed by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said such statement showed that the government had not come to terms with reality of corruption.

“The statement by the president shows clearly that this government has not come to term with the reality of massive corruption at the highest level of government, and the devastation and suffering it has caused millions of innocent Nigerians,” he stated.

The organization said evidence of corruption and underdevelopment was “staring this government in the face.”

“Staying silent or simply wishing the problem away cannot be the way forward.”

The organisation added that corruption was negatively impacting on the livelihoods of the majority of citizens.

“Hospitals without drugs, bad roads, poor electricity supply, contaminated and undrinkable water, collapsed educational system alone provide strong evidence of the devastation that missing $400 billion of public funds have done to this country. That this amount is missing has been confirmed by both the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes and House of Representatives reports.”

The organization said indicators of bad governance and mismanagement of the country’s natural wealth and resources should serve as proof of the need for government to put the fight against corruption at the very top of its agenda.

“What millions of suffering Nigerians need from this government is a clear commitment to recover the over $400 billion missing public funds and to spend this to achieve sustainable development and respect for basic socio-economic rights of Nigerians.”

Earlier this week, Jonathan cited the Boko Haram insurgency as the biggest problem to his administration.

– CAJ News


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