By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJAâ€”A coalition of civil society groups comprising over 300 non-governmental organizations, yesterday, described the 7-point agenda of the embattled President Musa Yarâ€™Adua led administration as a colossal failure.
The group therefore tasked the Ag. President Goodluck Jonathan to jettison the blueprint and streamline his efforts towards electoral reforms and revamping of the anti-corruption mechanisms in the country, stressing that it is the only way to ensure credible leadership in Nigeria.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja under the aegis of Movement Against Corruption in Nigeria, MAC, yesterday, the Chairman of the group, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ahmad Mamman, maintained that the7-point agenda was a fraud, adding that with barely a year to the expiration of the Yarâ€™Adua administration, none of the items on the agendaÂ has been fulfilled.
Blaming former President Olusegun Obasanjo for the woes that have bedeviled the country in the recent past, MAC, advocated for a holistic review of the 1999 constitution especially with regards to correcting the lacunas in sections 144, 145 as well as the other grey areas already highlighted for amendment by civil society groups at various public hearings held by the National Assembly.
The group further asked for an immediate overhauling of the EFCC and the ICPC, on the basis that the two anti-graft bodies as presently constituted, lack the will-power to conclude the prosecution of several indicted but well connected public officers in the country.
It further said in a statement that, â€œGoing by the public admittance of former President Obasanjo recently while unsuccessfully trying to exonerate himself from the political embarrassment constituted by President Yarâ€™Adua abandonment of responsibility to the nation it is clear that democratic principle was jettisoned in the choice of Yarâ€™Adua over and above other co-contestants in the ruling PDP.
â€œCorruption is probably the only reason why Obasanjo would have insisted on Yarâ€™Adua when it was evident the nation risked leadership vacuum on account of failed health.
â€œObasanjo probably did not tell Nigerians all about Yarâ€™Adua emergence, however what remains a fact of history is that Yarâ€™Adua failed to offer Nigeria leadership even before his health took turn for the worseâ€.