Groups of Civil Society Organizations, CSOs, working to promote justice and good governance in Nigeria have condemned the undemocratic, self serving and dubious attempt by the Senate to hasten the amendment to the law setting up the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB and the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.
Speaking on behalf of the groups at a press briefing in Abuja, yesterday, Executive Director,Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Musa said these underhand moves in the Senate are aimed at whittling down the powers of the agencies with a view to helping the Senate President, Bukola Saraki escape justice.
Musa explained that the mind boggling revelations have emerged about how the Senate President had been receiving double salaries, long after he ceased to occupy the governorship of his home state of Kwara, adding that these weighty allegations which ordinarily should have compelled Saraki to step down and use the judicial process to his name.
“We wish to draw the attention of Nigerians to the end game of the Senate to strip the tribunal of the powers to sanction corrupt individuals, hence their claim that the code of conduct tribunal was delving into criminal proceedings and criminal trial, which was not the intention of the framers of the Act.
“They want to transform the CCT into a toothless bulldog. Nigerians must rise against the unethical behaviour of legislative leaders weakening laws so that they continue to enjoy impunity.”
Musa, represented by Senior Programme Officer, CISLAC, Kolawole Banwo drawn the attention of Nigerians to the end game of the senate to strip the tribunal of the powers to sanction corrupt individuals.
“What we are witnessing is the betrayal of public trust, total disregard for administration of justice, and utmost conflict of interest by the 8th senate.
“Section 172 of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria states that “a person in the public service of the Federation shall observe and conform to the code of conduct”.
The groups therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to withhold his assent should the self-serving bill is passed, while urging the House of Representatives to dissociate themselves from endorsing such unscrupulous, immoral and illegal mutilation of the Act establishing CCB and the CCT.

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