Lagos – Transparency International, the global
rights body, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to veto legislation that
weaken laws to fight corruption.
The laws are seen weakening the Code of Conduct Tribunal
The rights body called on the Senate to uphold the Code of
Conduct as it now exists.
Jose Ugaz, chair of Transparency International, said the
legislation should not be weakened as proposed but should apply to the
proceedings against Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
“The law should apply to everyone equally. To try to amend
legislation to protect the Senate President is a blatant attempt to manipulate
the rule of law,” said Ugaz.
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Saraki is accused of receiving two salaries from two states,
in violation of the Code of Conduct and was named in the Panama Papers as
having secret foreign accounts, which is against the law in Nigeria.
The proposed amendments to the Code of Conduct and Code of
Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Act are specifically designed to weaken the legislation
as it applies to the Senate President, he argued.
“Elected officials must be held accountable by the people.
We support the call of Nigerian civil society organisations to strengthen the
country’s democracy and remain committed to the fundamental principles of democracy
and good governance,” said Ugaz.
Amnesty’s position in support of more than 25 Nigerian civil
society organisations that have opposed alleged moves by Buhari to veto laws
that weakens laws to fight corruption.
- CAJ News