A former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has said advised Muhammadu Buhari to take a cue from his Tanzanian counterpart, John Magufuli, in the fight against corruption.
Magufuli who has been the head of the Tanzanian government since 2015, kick-started his government by imposing measures to curb government spending by barring unnecessary foreign travel by government officials, using cheaper vehicles and board rooms for transport and meetings respectively.
He also shrinked the delegation for a tour of the Commonwealth from 50 people to 4, dropping its sponsorship of a World AIDS Day exhibition in favour of purchasing AIDS med*cation, and discouraging lavish events and parties by public institutions. The Tanzanian president also reduced his own salary from US$15,000 to US$4,000 per-month
Comrade Frank called on President Buhari to emulate the Tanzanian government, opining that the federal government's fight against corruption, “is fake and largely a failure.”
Speaking during a recent anti-corruption summit, President Buhari said: “The outcome of the interaction, among others, shall serve as the basis for a more concerted effort by this administration to close existing legislative loopholes, facilitate collaboration with the judiciary and strengthen the criminal justice system, enforce effective asset declaration by public office holders, ensure sanctions by professional bodies against lawyers, bankers, brokers, public officials, and other individuals facilitating corrupt practices and ensure comprehensive support and protection to whistle-blowers, witnesses and victims of corruption.”
Reacting to the president's comments through a statement on Wednesday, June 12, Comrade Frank said the APC administration was only fighting corruption on the pages of newspapers.
Comrade Frank urged the federal government to allow the courts to do their work and determine who is corrupt in the country.
“It is corruption and impunity when some of your former cabinet members who were suppose to be in jail by now are walking free in the street,” he added.
He said the current institutions established to fight corruption have been politicised and only been used against Nigerians perceived to be against the APC administration.
Meanwhile, some anti-corruption groups in the country have filed a suit against the payment of over N4.68 billion as ‘welcome package’ to the incoming members of the 9th National Assembly.
In the suit filed at the Federal High Court, Lagos at the weekend, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), BudgIT and Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE), are asking the court to restrain, prevent and stop the National Assembly Service Commission from paying individually and/or collectively, the ‘welcome package.’
The defendants in the suit are the Senate president, Speaker of the House of Representatives, National Assembly Service Commission and the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
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