By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
President Muhammadu Buhari has been told to move against some officials of government who have been alleged to have soiled their hands in corrupt practices.
Executive Chairman of the Coalition for Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), Mr. Debo Adeniran made the call on Friday saying government should not ask Nigerians to ignore the accusations.
The Presidency had through the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina told Nigerians to put a halt to finger-pointing against top government officials who have been alleged to have carried out corrupt practices.
Adeniran in his reaction stated that the presidentâ€™s position is curious and that it runs contradictory to the anti-corruption principle of the present regime, with a poser, saying â€œhow certain is the President that some of his appointed Ministers are not just incompetent but are also corrupt?â€
According to him, â€œThe Presidentâ€™s defence contradicts all the petitions sent by CACOL and other civil society organizations (CSO) to the anti-corruption agencies and the President regarding corruption issues which indicted some of the Cabinet members.
â€œIt also contradicts the anti-corruption war his administration appears to be fighting so vigorously. The Presidentâ€™s take sounded more like â€˜touch not my anointedâ€™ as a matter of fact!â€
Continuing he said â€œwith the atmosphere the anti-corruption drive of the present regime is trying to create, it would be expected that common sense and knowledge should ordinarily make public officials, particularly politically appointed public officials to conform to basic standards and best practices; that is accountability and transparency in public administration rather than opt for the â€˜prove itâ€™ option whenever the searchlight of anti-corruption is beamed on them.â€
â€œThe Presidentâ€™s take rather than kill the suspicions of the majority has only exacerbated them. When the first line of defense an indicted, suspected or accused person or group tows, is the line of â€˜provide proof/evidenceâ€™ without attempting to smash the allegations via transparency and accountability beyond reasonable doubts which is an easier and less labourious option, then â€˜aspersionsâ€™ and â€˜conspiracy theoriesâ€™ will continue to fly.â€