A Non-governmental organization, Committee for Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has lent its voice to the current anti-corruption campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari by demanding the prosecution of all treasury looters.
CDHR members, in a peaceful rally in Osogbo, Osun state capital, took to the streets to demand prosecution of those found culpable in the looting of the nation economy.
The three kilometres rally that took off along Gbongan-Ibadan Road, Osogbo ended at the Osun State government secretariat, Abere, where some pamphlets containing lists of demands were tendered to yhe State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, for onward delivery to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Demand for justice
Voice of Nigeria recalls that recent attempts by top government officials involved in corruption charges to frustrate judicial prosecutions have raised concerns among citizens; they fear the national anti corruption campaign may die prematurely.
The chairman of the organization, Akin Asifat, who said their main demand is justice explained that, “the amount of money looted and misappropriated by public officials, running into trillions of Naira are more than enough to provide first class hospitals across the country.”
He, thus, urged the government to use the money being recovered from those undergoing prosecution to establish new production lines to generate employment opportunities for the teaming youths.
Responding, Governor Aregbesola identified with the concerns of members of the CDHR, describing them as the voice of Nigerians from grassroots.
While promising to personally deliver the organization’s demand to President Buahri, Aregbesola called on the federal government to set up a commission of inquiry that will look into crude oil theft amounting to N5.8 trillion under the previous Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration.
He stated that the present administration will be doing the nation good by setting up an inquiry into how 400,000 barrels of crude oil being stolen daily undiscovered with all the security agencies in the country.
“What we have lost is N5.8 trillion to an unprotected crude oil theft in 24 months. We can imagine how many roads, schools and quality of electricity we could get from such amount,” he said.
The Governor also urged the CDHR to embark on campaign that will enhance Nigerians’ productivity.
“Aside from corruption, what is actually affecting the country is low productivity, as we are condemning corruption, we should also charge ourselves to be productive. We should be able to earn our living as a people.
Though corruption is a scourge that must be stopped, low productivity is a curse that must be rejected,” he added.