The Executive Director, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Mr Adetokunbo Mumuni, has submitted that the anti-corruption fight of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was not selective as being touted in some quarters.
Mumuni made the submission on Wednesday, May 31 at the launch of SERAP’s latest report titled, “Combating Grand Corruption: An Agenda for Institutional Reforms in Anti-corruption Strategies” held in Lagos.
According to him, “This is my professional opinion as a lawyer and social rights campaigner. I believe that the war against corruption by this administration is on track.
“Until Buhari came along, nobody knew how much of our money was being stolen, especially in the guise of buying weapons to combat insurgency.
“So, it does not really matter if you belong to the All Progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party; if you cannot account for over 2 billion dollars, then you deserve to face prosecution.”
While decrying the negative effect corruption has on social, economic and human development, Mumuni said the anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria, face challenges of inadequate legal framework and resources.
SERAP thereby recommended that government at all levels should provide stronger and more concerted approach to tackling grand corruption in Nigeria.
Mumuni also charged the Attorney General of the Federation and those of the states to seek stiffer penalties for convicted corrupt officials and to minimise the use of plea bargaining to serve as deterrent.