Don’t Allow Nigerians to Forget Treasury Looters, Minister Charges CSOs
L-R: Director General, National Orientation Agency, Dr. Garba Abari; Director, MacArthur Foundation, Dr. Amina Salihu; Chairman, House Committee on Financial Crimes, Hon. Kayode Oladele; Hon. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Prof. Shehu Abdullahi of the National Open University, at the launch of the Anti-Corruption Situation Room (ACSR) in Abuja on Tuesday.
By Rasaq Bamidele
Abuja, Nigeria. Dec. 19, 2017 (AltAfrika)-Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has challenged the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to work with the media and other stakeholders to ensure that Nigerians never forget, for one moment, the damage done to the country by treasury looters.
The Minister threw the challenge at the launch of the Anti-Corruption Situation Room (ACSR), which includes civil society organizations, media groups, government agencies and other stakeholders, in Abuja on Tuesday.
”Those who turned our treasury to their piggy bank are once again presenting themselves as the saviours of the nation. They say the best time for Nigeria was when the proceeds of their corruption subsidized many and gave the illusion of economic boom. They are so emboldened as to say Nigerians are earnestly yearning for them. No contrition. No apologies. No shame. Just sheer bravado. Unbridled arrogance. Revisionism.
”The Civil Society, the media and indeed all stakeholders owe it a duty not to allow Nigerians to forget, to say ‘Never Again’ to those who view Nigeria as nothing but a cash cow to be milked to death,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said the formation of the ACSR could not have come at a better time, as the Buhari Administration’s fight against corruption is gaining momentum, ”and the government is winning the war”.
”But there is a challenge: There seems to be a feeling of numbness among the citizens about the conduct of those whose actions brought us here, those who looted the national treasury dry. Suddenly, these same people are engaging in revisionist history and blaming everyone but themselves for the mess their actions put the country into,” he said.
He commended those behind the formation of the ACSR, a platform to build synergy among anti-corruption CSOs, the labour movement, the law enforcement agencies, the Parliament and the Judiciary, as well as to ensure that Nigerians take ownership of the fight against corruption