Don’t rubbish government institutions with political sentiments, coalition warns critics

Civil society organisations on the aegis of Coalition for Good Governance and Open Leadership in Nigeria (CGGOLN), Tuesday, said it is in support of any thorough probe of wrongdoing against governmental agencies, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) among others, but warned against politicisation of the allegations.

The group stated that politicisation of allegations against the organisations to serve ulterior motives would undermine the stability and progress of those institutions and by extension, the nation.

The coalition stated this at a press conference held at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja. Spokesperson of the coalition, Comrade Declan Ihekaire, expressed concern about the misuse of activism by some individuals for personal gain, saying majority of those gallivanting as rights groups were taking undue advantage of freedom of expression to blackmail essential Nigerian state agencies.

Ihekaire stated that CGGOLN’s commitment to transparency in governance was unwavering.

Speaking in the company of Comrades Gbenga Soloki, Sina Loremikan, Rasak Oladosu among other members of the coalition, Ihekaire stated that the group’s commitment to democracy is to advance good governance for better serve delivery the interest of the masses.

Ihekaire  frowned at  attempts by those he described as self-proclaimed activists who want to exploit public concerns regarding the NNPC and CBN, saying their “planned protests, coupled with false accusations on national TV stations indicate a sinister agenda aimed at coercing the affected agencies.

“We emphasise the importance of maintaining a fair and impartial approach to allegations against public officials. 

“Matters of this nature should be appropriately addressed through law enforcement agencies and the judiciary to ensure a just and objective process,” Ihekaire said.