Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Anti-graft coalition indicts the Presidency for corruption, demands resignation of Kyari, Lawal

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

 A coalition of civil society groups campaigning against corruption in the country has staged a protest march against what they termed “festival of corruption at the Presidency.”

The group which alleged that monumental deceit and treachery are currently rocking the federal government, insists that they must be exposed to help President Muhammadu Buhari succeed on his war against corruption.

Speaking during the protest in the Southeast, the Executive Director, National Coalition of NGOs (NCN), Eze Harris Chuma, represented by his Southeast Director, Ezenwafor Peter Odera, asked Mr. President to sack his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir Lawal, who he alleged that their corruption cases abound.

He said, “We call on President Buhari to overhaul his cabinet and expunge non performing ministers to move the country forward. Mr President should do the needful. The urgency now demands decisive actions! End the festival of corruption at the Presidency now! The truth is that citizens who are committed and have rendered total solidarity to his anti corruption war are gradually losing faith. This is why we are demanding for the war to be holistic and devoid of sectionalism.

“Let us walk to save our nation from the firm grip of unfriendly friends of the state and corrupt office holders who are hell bent on dragging the nation to precipice! Let us walk to end the harvest of corruption at the presidency NOW! This ‘Buhari kill corruption walk’ is a nationwide peaceful demonstration which is also going on at Zonal Levels of the Coalitions. We call on the CSOs, NGOs and discerning citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to join us.

“All we are demanding from Mr. President is to halt the harvest of corruption currently going on at the Presidency. What is Abba Kyari still doing at the Presidency? What is Babachir Lawal still doing at the Presidency? Why should Mr. President’s cabinet members who have corruption cases dangling on their necks still retain their positions? Are they sacred cows? Are they untouchables? Are they special breeds?

“If President Buhari’s anti-corruption war is anything to be taking serious, he must first kill corruption at the Presidency level. Abba Kyari and Babachir Lawal should resign and face allegations of corruption leveled against them. We must begin to hold our leaders accountable, responsible and responsive. The fight against corruption in Nigeria should be owned by the citizens not the other way round”.



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