Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto has claimed that Nigerians witnessed the most severe phase of corruption under President Muhammadu Buhari’s previous administration. He also expressed concern over the country’s current state, stating that Nigeria now shares its sovereignty with bandits and terrorists due to pervasive insecurity.
Speaking at an event, human rights lawyer Femi Falana cautioned President Bola Ahmed Tinubu about sending wrong signals in his anti-corruption fight, noting that some individuals who recently visited the Presidential Villa are currently facing trial for corruption.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo added that Nigeria’s democracy does not deliver dividends to the people, while Aare Afe Babalola suggested that sitting judges should not preside over election tribunals and proposed the involvement of retired judges and respected Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) in such cases.
Bishop Kukah criticized the level of corruption in Nigeria, stating that it has reached a dangerous dimension where public officials misappropriate funds designated for vital projects.
Falana called on President Tinubu to provide leadership and enact laws that promote public accountability, including the presentation and passing of bills such as the Whistleblower Bill, Witness Protection Bill, and Federal Audit Bill. He also emphasized the need for the resumption of publishing monthly statutory allocations and the disclosure of assets acquired by public officials.