March 10, 2014

FG should reveal cost of centenary celebration —SERAP

FG should  reveal cost  of centenary  celebration  —SERAP


Lagos—Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has requested the Federal Government to make public what it expended on the centenary celebration.

In a statement issued in Lagos, yesterday, by its executive director, Mr. Tokunbo Mumuni,  the non governmental organisation condemned what it called a celebration of corruption by the government for given out “public awards to indicted corrupt public officials, sending a wrong message that amounts to a triumph of corruption over public probity and integrity.”

Besides, SERAP in its statement, supported the Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka on his rejection of the centenary award, and said that any public award for corrupt people was not portraying the government as ready to battle corruption in Nigeria.
The organisation said: “The award to the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, considered one of the most corrupt leaders the country ever had, cannot be justified on any ground whatsoever, and in fact send the message that corruption pays.”