SERAP asks Buhari to implement 5-point programme to end corruption

Muhammadu Buhari talking
President Muhammadu Buhari

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has challenged the president-elect General Muhammadu Buhari to “implement a 5-point programme against corruption if he is to send a strong signal of change and ensure improved governance throughout the country.”

In a statement today signed by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organization said that, “the biggest obstacle to reconstruction and development in Nigeria is corruption. For many years, systemic corruption has distorted incentives, undermined critical institutions of governance, slowed economic progress and redistributed wealth and power to the undeserving. No wonder the percentage of Nigerians living in poverty has continued to rise.”

“Today the level of confidence in Nigeria is low but there is clearly public enthusiasm that the incoming government will be able to bring about a society that serves its people’s interests,” the organization said.

“Nigerians have heard plenty of rhetoric about corruption and now is the time to take concrete action to combat the problem. SERAP urges the president-elect to consider and implement the following 5-point programme against corruption to make sure that Nigeria does not drop deeper into a pattern of corruption and impunity of perpetrators,” the organization also said.

The 5-point programme reads in part:

“The president-elect must appreciate the legacy of systemic corruption, its human rights costs; and anticipate the scale and challenges of reconstruction.”

“First, the president-elect should demonstrate the political will to prevent and combat corruption not only within his presidency but also at all levels of governance. His strategy should reflect the importance of transparency, accountability and participation.”

“As a first step, the president-elect should immediately after 29 May 2015 demonstrate his total rejection of corruption by publicly declaring his assets and publicly instructing all members of his government to do the same.”

“Second, to break through a culture of corruption, the president-elect should not shy away from “frying big fish” including members of the National Assembly and regardless of the political party they may belong. The president-elect should promote and ensure the naming and punishment of big corrupt politicians so that a cynical citizenry can believe that his anticorruption drive is more than words. Such prosecutions can send a powerful signal of change.”

“All unresolved cases of corruption including in the aviation, oil subsidy scandal, alleged mismanagement of trillions of Naira by the Security and Exchange Commission, missing N300 billion in the petroleum ministry since 2011; and others should be urgently and satisfactorily addressed.”

“Nothing will kill public confidence quicker than the belief that the anticorruption drive is directed only at those below a certain level in society. But it is also important that a campaign to combat corruption is not confused with a campaign against the opposition.”

“Third, the president-elect should also prioritise prevention of corruption by carrying out reforms of institutions of governance including the judiciary, the police, anticorruption agencies, and the regulatory authorities on electricity. To build momentum, the president-elect should begin his anti‐corruption campaign where citizens perceive it to be most evident.”

“Fourth, the president-elect should be able to mobilize other actors and invite those outside of politics to become part of the solution. Only collective action and credible systematic reform can end the problem of corruption. Citizens should be part of the solution. The president-elect should also be able to mobilize international support in the fight against corruption, including the diagnosis of corrupt systems and institutions.”

“Finally, the president-elect should lead the process to domesticate and effectively implement the UN Convention against Corruption within the legal system.”

“The president-elect should publicly endorse the global initiative for an International Anticorruption Court (IACC) to demonstrate their expressed commitment to satisfactorily address corruption and impunity of perpetrators. Given that many Nigerians have lost faith in the ability of successive governments to combat high-level official corruption and money laundering, an IACC could erode the widespread culture of impunity and contribute to creating conditions conducive to the democratic election of honest officials in a country with history of grand corruption.”

“Ultimately, the president-elect should work hard to reduce monopoly of government’s institutions, limit and clarify discretion and increase transparency and accountability at all levels of government. The objective should be to empower Nigerians, to enable them to overcome poverty and insecurity, and enjoy the basic necessities of life that citizens of civilized countries take for granted.”


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: Revealed!!! The Only Way Left of Getting an Extra Large Manhood and also Last Up to 38Mins+. Get the Insider Secret Here


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


  • Olu

    Nigeria Project will surely work.

  • agbobu

    WELCOME ON BOARD AND WE WILL START WITH THESE AND CHECKMATING CORRUPTION AND INSECURITY.
    AMNESTY PACKAGE WHAT AMNESTY PACKAGE? THE SO CALLED AMNESTY PACKAGE THAT WAS MAINLY USED TO LOOT AND STEAL THE PEOPLE’S MONEY AND WEALTH BY A FEW PRIVILEGED PERSONS AND THEIR AGENTS. THE INCOMING GOVERNMENT MUST MAKE SURE THAT ALL THE PERSONS IN THE OIL PRODUCING AREAS MUST BE TREATED VERY JUSTLY. IT MUST MAKE SURE THAT THEIR WATERS AND LANDS ARE PROPERLY CLEANED AND RESTORED FOR THE INHABITANTS TO FISK FARM AND PROVIDE GOOD LIVINGS FOR THEIR FAMILIES. THE IN COMING GOVERNMENT MUST MAKE SURE THAT A GOOD ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURES ARE PROVIDED TO CREATE GOOD PAYING JOBS. THE IN COMING GOVERNMENT MUST MAKE SURE THAT THE POLLUTERS OF THE WATERS AND LAND ARE MADE TO CLEAN THEIR ACTS AND PAY VERY ADEQUATE COMPENSATIONS TO THOSE AFFECTED BY THE POLLUTION. THESE ARE THE FACTORS THAT WILL IMPROVE THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE AND NOT BALONEY HALF BAKED SO CALLED AMNESTY.

  • Maitama Tambari

    Mumuni, allow him to settle first and see his agenda which he promised us. By the 1st June, 2005 the President elect cannot form the Government to force them in declaring their assets until Senate Committee clears them. Those things you mention stregthing up like Judiciary, you must be cleared in your mind we run a Federal Constitutional Government. There are three components Executive, Legislative and Judiciary. You want to kill corruption, do not interfere with the Constitutional function of any branch. It is however obligatory for the Executive to strengthen the institutional frame work of corruption umpires, namely EEFC and ICPC to carry out their functions fairly and equatably to the satisfaction of Nigerians. No witch hunting but once caught, justice must be carried out effectively and efficiently. Outstanding corrupt issues must be concluded effectively and efficiently without much fun fare as expected by you. Most important thing is for justice to be done to both sides, the culprit and the public. We should allow him to have his team, first.

  • Dr. Kazeem Agboola

    I say a big congratulation to all Nigerians that participated in the presidential election this year. We have hope now and we can therefore build on this positive hope that we all worked for and prayed for. I agree with the theme of this article, thank you for putting it out there. Meanwhile, I will suggest 3 main things that will help us as a nation moving forward. These 3 things must be done simultaneously. One, there must be policy change towards judiciary meaning the executives must hands off from controlling them. So let us have election to elect all our judges on personal ground not on political ground except Supreme Judges so this policy can be achieved. If the politicians have interest in a case then they can push it all the way up but at all circuits level we can deal with ourselves and the Judges will be free and fair. A corrupt judge shall be dealt with at the poll. I am confident about this if Nigerians could dealt with President Jonathan and his wife, we would surely deal with a corrupt judge in our neighborhoods. Two, please pass a law called Consumer Rights. All of us go to the market, the seat of corruption is in the market so make this place trustworthy. Let us be able to return an item if you don’t want it anymore for any reason. This policy alone checks the intent to embark on corruption act. If no pressure, there is less urge for more or by all means. Three, the president elect must facilitate jobs not creating jobs but facilitating. This can be done by stimulating and creating middle class. Assure banks that their money will be saved from customers if loaned out since government will be a guarantor. Nigerians will pay back if bank staff will not take out of the loan before issued out. Laws by law makers will check and make all these work well if we try out. Imagine, if a Tailor can have assess to #250,000.00 loan, he will design a dress for the whole world to wear. I was here in the west when ”Aso Adire” was in the stores. People wore them and wanted more. Imagine how this policy would provide jobs, stimulate the economy and thereby reduce the urge for corruption. In conclusion, no one plan to fail but many fail to plan so says the adage. — Dr. Kazeem Agboola.

  • Assibi

    he has a vice so keep to ur suggestion sir….meanwhile…Good day people, are you looking for a genuine investment opportunity that will upgrade your financial status? Invest And Enlarge (WEALTHZONE) is the right company, a company located in Kano where you invest and get a monthly interest according to the amount you invest and also get a referral bonus interest the more people you refer which is my aim of this advert,I live here in Abuja, I read about them sometime last year on facebook and i contacted them via email and that was how i became an investor with them, I just got my 4th interest payment so I am convinced of their activities, if you are interested you TEXT your EMAIL address to their customer care line 08021341784 and they will get back to you with details. please do not forget to tell them Mrs Assibi Abdulahi referred you, remain blessed.

  • Interrogator

    BUHARI IS IN NO SHAPE OR FORM TO IMPLEMENT ANYTHING.
    FOR FIVE MONTHS NOW HE CANNOT CROSS A LEGAL HURDLE
    – TO SHOW THE WASC/CAMBRIDGE CERTIFICATE HE GAVE INEC.
    HE STANDS DISQUALIFIED IN CONSEQUENCE UNDER SECTION
    137 OF 1999 CONSTITUTION UNLESS HE CAN DO AS FOLLOWS:

    • uka

      @interrogator,

      No, no, no! Buhari did not give any Wasc to Inec. He swore oath that he has the thing.
      Okay now, since you put hand on top Holy Koran to swear and say you have the WASC,
      come and show it in court. That is when katakata burst. Buhari has no single integrity.
      Buhari was swearing in the name of Allah to INEC for nothing, calling God’s name in vain.

  • Bassey Eniang

    SERAP’s suggestion to the President elect to implement a 5 Point agenda to end corruption is good. If I may, I will add that because corruption and Corrupt practice have been institutionalized, become integral part of society and part of the culture of doing business in both public and private sectors of the economy, the Federal Government under the Presidency of Gen Muhammadu Buhari must first undertake a thorough review and appreciation of the problem. A forensic audit is therefore imperative. Prior to this, the Government at national and state levels, represented by the three arms, must have a retreat to discuss and agree on how this very important national task should be undertaken.

    Without prejudice, the objectives of the above suggested exercise include but are not limited to bringing about CHANGE in the way business is done and governance is practised in Nigeria, eliminating corruption, corrupt practice to enable prudent management of the economy, to reduce poverty, unemployment and remove the cancer from our culture!. The incoming Federal Government has one term of four years to implement it’s programme to rid Nigeria of corruption and Corrupt practice. The timeline is very short!

    On a personal note, I have in the last 15 years, since foreigners in conspiracy with other Nigerians and public officers used fake, fraudulent documents to criminally convert my property, devoted my life to fighting fraud, corruption and corrupt practice. I have a lot to share with the Federal Government to contribute a citizen’s quota toward the successful war against fraud, corruption and Corrupt practice in our country! I was greatly encouraged by the Vice President elect who gave me the ammunition to fight when as Hon Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, he exposed the fraud and criminal conversion. My expectation now is that Nigerians will also benefit as I did, now that he will be involved in the management of the Federal Government. I got justice from his office without having to bribe anybody! In conclusion, l call on the citizenry to fully support and encourage the incoming administration.

  • fatai raimi

    Buy Dangote cement at an affordable price of 1100 naira per bag(50kg)
    directly from the factory.Call the sales manager on 08066785650 for
    purchase and delivery to any part of Nigeria.NOTE;Minimum purchase is
    100 bags.’