Another Bomb!: War on Corruption Too Slow, APC Leaders Hobnobbing with Corrupt People – Itse Sagay

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay, on Sunday, faulted the delay in deciding the fate of the suspended Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir Lawal, and Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
He said in an interview on Channels Television that the outcome has been “much too slow” and called for definitive action.
“I have no doubt in my mind that the present government is actually fighting corruption in accordance with its mandate and promises. There is no question about that,” he said during an appearance on Sunday Politics with Seun Okinbaloye.
“But on the specific issue of the suspended Secretary to the Federal Government and the Director of the NIA, I would agree that action has been much too slow and there should be immediate decision on this matter so that we can put it to rest and move on. I agree with that.”
This comes more than five months after the President suspended SGF and NIA DG, pending the conclusion of investigation into separate allegations of corruption against them.In suspending both men on April 20, 2017, President Buhari constituted a three-man committee comprising the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and the National Security Adviser, headed by the Vice President, to probe them and submit their report in 14 days.
It, however, wasn’t until August 23 that the report was submitted as the President travelled to London on May 7 and spent more than three months there on medical vacation.
More than one month after receiving the report, however, Nigerian have no idea what the findings of the committee are or when the President would take a decision on the report.
Also, Sagay carpeted the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying the party will find it difficult to convince Nigerians that it is fighting corruption.
He accused hierarchy of the party of promoting corruption.
Sagay, who has recently had brushes with the APC leadership and the National Assembly over his criticisms of the officials of the two bodies, said leaders of APC were not doing enough in supporting President Muhammadu Buhari to fight corruption.
He said: “If you have a big party which has a specific mandate to fight corruption or at least reduce it drastically to a level that it will not stop the nations development, then the members of such party must be seen also fighting corruption.
“If you have such mandate as a party and you have people in that party who are actively promoting corruption or they are subject of corruption and promoters of corruption, what they are doing is denying the party (the opportunity) of truly fighting corruption, then it is better to totally remove people of that nature from the party and form a smaller party in which everybody would have confidence in themselves rather than have a big party in which people are doing things contrary to what the party stands for” he stated.
“My view is that the party hierarchy and party leadership and not the government, the party are condoning corruption and they are hobnobbing with those corrupt party members and therefore setting a stage for the government to have serious problem when there is need to convince that is entitled to have another term in government,” he added.

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