By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€” CONFERENCE of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, Tuesday, condemned the statement credited to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, to the effect that the government cannot verify the authenticity of the copy of the Okigbo Panelâ€™s Report forwarded to it by a human rights organization, the Socio Economic Rights Accountability Project, SERAP â€œbecause the original copy of the report is still missing.â€
Reacting to the Attorney-Generalâ€™s statement,Â the CNPP National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu, said the ongoing war against corruption in the country would be a wasteful effort if the leaders continued to pay lip-service to it.
The CNPP called on the Attorney-General to wake-up to the responsibilities of his high office by defending and upholding the Constitution of the land as well as joining the crusade to fight the war against corruption clearly enunciated in Section 15(5) of the 1999 Constitution and other extant laws of the land.
The CNPP scribe said: â€œIt is our considered view that our decayed infrastructure, strife in the Niger Delta, gross unemployment, sham elections and crass underdevelopment of our dear country will remain intractable, when lip-service is paid to war against corruption.
â€œCNPP is at a loss how President Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s regime is playing the old ex-president Chief Olusegun Obasanjoâ€™s script of cover-up and shielding of corrupt leaders.Â Otherwise, if the SERAPâ€™s copy is not authentic, what happened to the copy officially submitted to the government by the late Pius Okigbo panel? Are all the members of the panel dead?
â€œIt is regrettable that Mr. M.B Adoke has allowed himself to be used to obstruct the cause of justice by telling the world that a report duly submitted to government in this modern age is missing.â€
The CNPP,Â challenged the Attorney General to, as a matter of urgent national importance, â€œdust-up from the files of his ministry the authentic Okigbo Report and prosecute those who looted our patrimony; for it isÂ a herculean task for democracy to thrive under monumental corruption.â€