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Democracy group opposes Mua'zu's PENCOMM nomination

26 November 2013, 08:44Augustine Osayande

Abuja – The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), the local pro-democracy organisation, has criticized the nominations of former Bauchi State Governor, Adamu Mu’azu as Chairman of the Nigerian Pension Commission (PENCOM) in the light of the corruption charges he has not been cleared off.

“The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) is astonished and peeved by this move of the President, especially in the light of the fact that the former Governor is yet to be cleared by the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of the corruption charges he is facing for allegedly defrauding the coffers of Bauchi State to the tune of N19.8bill when he was Governor of the State.

"This and other similar acts of Mr President, particularly his penchant for surrounding himself with famed corrupt individuals makes his government’s so-called anti-corruption efforts a laughing stock, for it is patently obvious from his antecedents that President Jonathan endorses corruption,” the group said in a press Ibrahim Zikirullahi, the Chairman and Chief Eddy Ezurike, Publicity Secretary, jointly signed.

TMG said the nomination was one in a series of questionable decisions by Jonathan.

Among these, the organisation said was the appointment of Mu’azu as Chairman of the Board of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

“The Nigerian people of course will not forget in a hurry how this same President granted Presidential Pardon to a notorious convicted corrupt former Governor and his kinsman, DSP Alamieyeseigha and other criminals, including a paedophile. Those who recently looted the Police Pensions Board, including its former Director are yet to be brought to book.

"The list is endless; yet Jonathan’s regime talks about fight against corruption. The attitude of Mr. President in recycling corrupt individuals in public places is worrisome and does not inspire confidence at all.  In fact, on issue after issue, he has shown that he will never combat corruption but will rather aid, abet and shield corrupt officials,” it added.

TMG subsequently called on Jonathan to withdraw immediately the nomination of Mu’azu as Chairman of PENCOM and take creative steps to rebuild goodwill and imbue confidence in the anti-corruption war.

“This is the only pathway to redemption, prosperity and development in this country.”

– CAJ News


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