Withdraw Your Selective List Of Looters, Group Tells Presidency
More reactions are trailing the 'list of looters' released by the presidency.
A group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), in its reaction to the released list on Sunday, asked the presidency to withdraw the ‘looters list’ which was released over the weekend.
According to SERAP, the list is selective and should be immediately withdrawn.
It wants the presidency to come up with a comprehensive list of looters which should include members of all political parties in Nigeria even those in the ruling party.
The presidency had on Friday released the list claiming that they were members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but the opposition party had dismissed the selective list, and asked the presidency to release list of convicted persons and not suspects.
It said some of the names in the list were not its members.
SERAP in a statement signed by its Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said the list was political and could diminish President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption.
The statement read: “The Federal Government should immediately withdraw the clumsy, arbitrary and selective looters’ list, released last week. The list would seem to serve a political objective or carry out political agenda.
“This kind of action can only diminish the government’s ability to fight corruption, allow suspected perpetrators, whether from the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)to escape justice, and ultimately, deny victims of corruption justice and effective remedies. The authorities should withdraw the looters’ list and come up with a comprehensive list”.
SERAP further claimed that allowing the published looters’ list to stand would signal to Nigerians that the administration of President Buhari was not serious to satisfactorily address the corruption allegations under the former President Goodluck Jonathan and involving those close to this government.
“This politicised list comes at a time when the government is promoting itself as a beacon of transparency and accountability, and a model for other African countries to follow.
“The authorities ought to have resisted the temptation to put out this shambolic list and instead obeyed the spirit and the letter of Justice Shagari judgment,” the statement added.