CSO coalition decries blackmail against anti-corruption agencies

A coalition of about 50 civil society organisations in Nigeria has again raised the alarm over the lukewarm approach of Nigerians in the fight against corruption with a vow to defend the anti-corruption agencies in the country against any form of blackmail.

The coalition led by the executive director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Ibrahim Musa Rafsanjani, raised the alarm Thursday at a global press conference held in Abuja.

He identified corruption in the judiciary and other institutions and blatant disregard for the rule of law as having eroded public trust and reinforced the perception that Nigeria’s democracy is nothing more than a facade.

These and other factors, he stated, have constituted a major challenge to anti-corruption work in Nigeria.

He said corruption had for long posed a significant obstacle to the country’s capacity to develop, saying to effectively combat it, the country must adopt a cohesive strategy.

He stated further that the nation is currently facing numerous challenges, and this is not the time to despair or abandon one’s patriotic responsibilities in nation-building.

While condemning the activities of foreign enabler from Switzerland, Monaco, Panama, British Virgin Islands and the United Kingdom (UK), facilitating corruption, he said, they alongside their domestic enablers which included lawyers, law firms, real estate agents are being used to move funds abroad.