Buhari’s silence on Pandora Papers worrisome, says CISLAC
Asks FG to investigate Obi, Oyetola, others named in report
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has described the silence of President Muhammadu Buhari over the Pandora Papers scandal as worrisome, saying it casts aspersions on government’s stance on the fight against corruption.
Addressing reporters in Abuja, yesterday, Executive Director, CISLAC and Transparency International, Nigeria, Auwal Rafsanjani, said the Federal Government must take urgent steps towards investigating every person implicated in the report, irrespective of political affiliation.
The Pandora Papers involved a cross-border investigative journalism report on alleged corrupt practices by world leaders.
Prominent Nigerians including a former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi; Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu; and his Osun State counterpart, Gboyega Oyetola, featured in the report.
The influential citizens were accused of allegedly flouting “extant laws and legislations as they hid assets.”
According to Rafsanjani, the report lends credence to weaknesses in Nigeria’s financial system and regulatory deficiencies, which he said have been at the root of the yearly loss of $18 billion to illicit financial flows out of the country.
Stressing that all eyes are on the government to take appropriate action, the CISLAC boss said the President must ensure that the exposure does not go the way of previous leaks – Paradise and Panama Papers, which were released in 2017 and 2016.
He said unlike other countries, the Nigerian government has neither instituted investigations nor shown any willingness to dismiss public officers exposed in the reports.