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Balarabe laments rising cases of graft

…solicits support of Obama

By Chris Ochayi

ABUJA—Chairman, Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa yesterday petitioned the US President Barack Obama over some awkward development in Nigeria, particularly in the areas of corruption and electoral frauds.

Alhaji Musa in statement addressed to Barack H. Obama, President, the United States of America, which a copy was made to Vanguard in Abuja, bemoaned the growing level of financial and political corruption in the country.

He, however, solicited for the support of President Obama to appeal to President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to honour the pledge to embark on genuine Electoral Reform that will deepen our democracy, raise the quality and standard of our elections he made to Nigerians and also for the release of the Halliburton Court Transcripts.

The staement said, “permit the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), to use this opportunity to welcome you to Africa; once more congratulating you for a successful election”.

“May we also use this opportunity to inform you that democracy in Nigeria is fast sliding into one party state and consequently quasi- dictatorship. The tragedy in Nigeria is that both our oil industry and our electoral process are highly corrupted.

“In other words, the most potent force undermining democracy in Nigeria is corruption. Hence we recognize that fighting corruption is fundamentally in the interest of our country’s democracy and development programmes.

For this we call on friends of Nigeria like the United States of America not to stand aloof while Nigeria is on the cliff-hanger”.

“We are witnesses to how our golden oil age was and is being squandered to the extent that alternative energy source is found as your administration is advocating, Nigerians will have no concrete infrastructural development to fall back on”.

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