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FG warns Transparency International to stop frustrating Nigeria’s anti-corruption war

FG warns Transparency International to stop frustrating Nigeria’s anti-corruption war

- Information minister Lai Mohammed issued the warning while receiving some executives of Transparency International on Friday, May 25

- Mohammed said TI was using the actions of few bad people to judge the entire anti-corruption war of the Buhari administration

- On its part, TI executive Delia Rubio said the organisation was not Nigerian government's enemy nor an opposition

The federal government of Nigeria has warned anti-corruption body Transparency International (TI) to stop frustrating the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration's anti-corruption fight.

Daily Trust reports that the minister of information and culture Lai Mohammed gave the warning in Abuja on Friday, May 25 when he received a delegation from the global body led by Delia Rubio, the chairperson of its international board.

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Mohammed, in a statement released by his special adviser to the minister Segun Adeyemi, said TI and its local affiliates had not offered the necessary support to the Buhari administration but condemn it over the actions of a few people.

He said: “As a policy, this government is the most committed to fighting corruption.

‘”Nigeria has never had a more transparent, more accountable government than the Buhari Administration.

“Even his worst critics won’t say he indulges in or encourages corruption.”

Speaking TI’s defence, Rubio said the government should ensure more transparency and efficiency in its battle against corruption.

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”We are not an opposition anywhere in the world.

“We are just an NGO working in over 100 countries of the world. We are not enemies. We are here to help,” she said.

In a related vein, had reported on Thursday, May 24 that the presidency said that the recent report released by the Amnesty International on the alleged human rights violation by security agencies in Nigeria is a wild goose chase.

The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said the reports and allegations by the international agency is short of evidential narration.

A statement released by Shehu on Thursday, May 24, said the report is short of credibility as AI failed to include factual leads that could have laid the foundation for investigative actions.

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