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Amnesty against moves to weaken anti-graft laws

20 April 2016, 21:31

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 (CCT)

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.

Also read: Anti-graft war: 'Governance not ignored' - APC Chieftain

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. 



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