jonathan-and-buhariHuman Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, a pro-democracy nongovernmental organisation, has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to single out for probe the immediate past government of Goodluck Jonathan for alleged corrupt acts that may have started since 1999.
The group described the discriminatory probe as politically motivated, selective and unfair and added that for it be truly devoid of bias at the probe should be broadened to include all successive federal administrations since 1979 till May 29, 2015.
In a statement jointly signed by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA said that the laws of natural justice and morality are against policies targeted at a select group of persons, noting that corrupt practices had pervaded public and political spaces during the military regimes of General Ibrahim Babangida and late General Sani Abacha.
“Corruption became a general theme of debates as far back as 1983 when some politicians abused import licences and waivers to import rice and even the national chairman of the then ruling party-National Party of Nigeria, NPN, was accused of large scale insider abuses which included the importing of customised champagnes for his birthday bashes”, HURIWA affirmed.
Further, HURIWA said the probe should equally cover the era of the late General Sani Abacha’s military junta when several billions of USD of public funds disappeared into public offshore bank accounts but regretted that the federal administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was accused of allegedly diverting substantial percentages of the repatriated stolen funds to private accounts.
“If any sound, deliberate, articulate, forensic, all, inclusive, dispassionate and unbiased investigations of graft and alleged heist of public funds by government officials is to be conducted then this government should commence the probe from the Genesis of corruption in Nigeria and not focus exclusively on the immediate past administration of President Jonathan.
“Any investigations that are not all inclusive is nothing but selective and politically motivated and therefore renders any expected outcomes null, void and vindictive.”
The rights group admonished the current government to adopt a comprehensive and broad based nonpartisan approaches and anti-graft strategies and must fundamentally change the hierarchies of the anti-graft agencies of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the independent corrupt practices and allied offences panel, ICPC, for efficiency and effectiveness in the anti corruption war to be won.
“The current leaderships of the anti graft bodies are compromised, corrupt and ineffective and must be changed and replaced with independent, minded experts that will wage an all out anti corruption war devoid of partisanship and eye service as is currently obtained. You can’t fight impunity with impunity,” HURIWA averred.
HURIWA said the current dimension of anti-corruption war as enunciated by the Presidency amounted to impunity, and was therefore immoral and selective.

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