Human Rights Activist, Femi Falana, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is alone in the ongoing fight against corruption in the country.
Falana made this known during the National Stakeholders Summit on Whistleblowing organized by African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, AFRICMIL, with the theme, ‘Fight Against Corruption: Harnessing the Whistleblowing Opportunity’ on Tuesday in Abuja.
He noted that none of the states or local government areas controlled by members of the All Progressive Congress (APC), was neither interested nor committed to fighting corruption.
“None of the states controlled by the APC is fighting corruption. We must understand the limitation of the ongoing war by the APC, in fact as far many people are concerned, our president is the commander in chief without troops behind him.
“If you watch closely what is going on, the bulk of the allegations of corruption against the government are driving moving out of the villa,” he said.
Condemning the numerous challenges faced by whistleblowers such as denial of entitlements, court charges, dismissal from work and brutal attacks, he urged the National Assembly to speed up the passage of the Whistleblowing Protection Bill, to protect persons with reliable information that would further facilitate the fight against corruption.
Furthermore, the activist has called on the Federal Government to refrain from funding the budget with recovered loots but rather, ensure they were channelled towards infrastructural development for the masses.
“This government must pay a commission of whistleblowers as soon as the loot is recovered. Stolen and recovered money should not be used to fund the budget if not they will be lost in the budget. Let us have a special fund for recovered loot which will be managed by an independent body and used on revitalizing hospitals, schools and roads so that Nigerians can see what the money was used for,” he stressed.
Earlier, Coordinator of AFRICMIL, Mr. Chido Onumah, noted that the organisation inaugurated the Corruption Anonymous (CORA) Project, to create awareness on the importance of whistleblowing to reducing corruption in the country.
He urged the government to ensure the lives of whistleblowers were secured and also keeps to its promise of offering financial incentives to citizens who give genuine information that could lead to a recovery of stolen money.
“Whistleblowing as an instrument of tackling corruption can only survive where the safety of the whistleblower is guaranteed,” he said.