A Non-Governmental Organization, Concerned Citizens of Nigeria (CCN), on Tuesday in Abuja, called on all Nigerians to work on common grounds ‘to save the National Assembly from corrupt officials.’
Its national coordinator, Mr. Olusegun Bamgbose, who addressed members at a public forum, stressed the need for this patriotic task while he also called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to direct its searchlight on alleged budget padding involving some lawmakers.
Bamgbose also called for total overhauling of the National Assembly in order to rescue the nation’s evolving democracy, saying that “NASS had been polluted and there is urgent need to rid it of political frauds.”
He noted that allegations and counter allegations between a reps member, Abdulmunin Jibrin and the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, amounted to open show of shame while it further ridicules our great country in the eyes of the world.
“As concerned citizens of Nigeria, we have a choice, either to act and rescue our nation or watch our nation failing. If we refuse to contain and curtail corruption, it will crush us,” stated Bamgbose who submitted that it has been alleged that 10 chairmen of committees inserted 2,000 fictitious projects worth N248 billion into the 2016 Budget.
“These are weighty and damning allegations. Therefore, we call on relevant agencies to investigate the allegations in order to get to the root of the matter,’ Bamgbose said.
The coordinator of CCN, however, encouraged President Muhammadu Buhari to resist any pressure to back down or cause slowdown in his fight against corruption, and warned him not to allow some politicians to mess up his hard earned integrity and credibility which have won him accolades within and outside the country, warning that “the ongoing fight against corruption would be a mockery if the allegations were swept under the carpet. Bamgbose also urged the Attorney General of the Federation to
pursue to a logical end the charges involving the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.