Citizens Challenge Kano PCACC to Probe Ganduje, as Governor Speaks on Corruption in Nigeria
Reactions have followed the statement credited to Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, where he said Nigeria cannot progress with the level of corruption in the country.
The governor was quoted by the secretary to the state government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, to have expressed this opinion while inaugurating an eight-man Anti-Corruption Strategy Steering Committee on Thursday.
Alhaji quoted Ganduje to have said he aims to have a corruption-free state with limitless opportunities, and that there would be no sacred lamb in the fight against corruption in the state.
He also said that he does not interfere in the works of the state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC), and that he had accorded all necessary support to the commission in the fight against graft.
Citizens have however flooded Nigerian Sketch with reactions that tend to challenge the claims of the state governor.
Ali Muhammad Sabo wrote to say that the governor lacks the moral standing to talk about corruption as “he is so tainted with allegations of corruption which the PCACC he is so proud of has failed to even investigate for over three years now.”
A non-governmental organization, the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), specifically demanded that the PCACC and other anti-graft agencies in Nigeria probe video clips showing the governor allegedly receiving bribes from a contractor.
The organisation said the allegations against the governor as well as the video evidence as “too glaring to ignore”, adding that the anti-corruption agencies “should rise to the occasion by going to the root of this issue and possibly document evidence for eventual prosecution of all those found culpable.”
“We are aware that the hands of the anti-corruption agencies are somehow tied by constitutional immunity enjoyed by Mr. Ganduje. This, however, does not stop them from conducting preliminary investigation into the matter,” said AFRICMIL’s coordinator, Chido Onumah.
Onumah said nothing in Section 308 of the constitution that gives immunity to the president and governors stops the anti-corruption agencies from interrogating Mr. Ganduje in the process of the investigation.
“Cases like this serve as litmus tests for the operational independence of our anti-corruption agencies and political will of the government,” he said.
Another non-governmental organization, Kano Concerned for Prudent Leadership, called Nigerian Sketch to lament that the PCACC has so far refused to heed its request to probe the allegations against the governor, saying all claims about the independence of the commission “are fallacious.”
The group said it sent a letter to PCACC which was received by the commission in 2020 where it wrote that “The organization calls on your good office to invoke the powers under the relevant provisions of your law and cause a thorough investigation into the matter.”
It also informed the PCACC that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) “has since authenticated the videos as genuine.”
According to the group, the PCACC has neglected to act, giving a worrisome impression that it has never been independent.