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It is not enough to sack Lawal, Oke – Civil rights groups tell Buhari

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It is not enough to sack Lawal, Oke – Civil rights groups tell Buhari

A coalition of civil rights groups has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to go beyond sacking the duo of Babachir Lawal and Ayo Oke and prosecute them.

In a statement jointly signed by their representatives, the coalition, comprising OurMumuDonDo, Concerned Nigerians, Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution, Campaign For Democracy, and Mad Connect, said the belated sack of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the former Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency by Buhari is the right move, but more needs to be done if the President’s anti-corruption fight will not be regarded as mere rhetoric.

“While we have no objection to the current prevailing sentiment that it is better late than never, we are resolute in our demands for the immediate prosecution of Lawal and Oke and for the report which indicted them to be made public,” the group said.

They also called for an immediate investigation into the alleged $26Billion dollars NNPC contracts involving the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Maikanti Baru as well as that of former pensions boss, Abdulraheed Maina.

According to the coalition, President Buhari’s anti-corruption fight is fast losing momentum “because top government officials in the president’s cabinet are being shielded by the president.”

“In the best interest of Nigeria and the administration, we strongly urge the president to act on other cases of corruption involving top officials in his administration and ensure that they are prosecuted accordingly. For if this is not done, president Buhari’s fight against corruption will  lose the trust it enjoyed at the beginning of his administration and Nigeria will be worse off than it was in 2015,” the statement read.

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