Buhari’s silence on Pandora Papers worrisome, says CISLAC

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence on the Pandora Papers affair, saying it puts doubt on the government’s anti-corruption efforts.

Auwal Rafsanjani, Executive Director, CISLAC and Transparency International, Nigeria, told reporters in Abuja yesterday that the Federal Government must take immediate action to investigate everyone included in the report, regardless of party affiliation.

The Pandora Papers were a cross-border investigative journalism expose exposing world leaders’ alleged corrupt practices. Several prominent Nigerians, including the former governor of Anambra State.

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According to Rafsanjani, “the report lends credence to weaknesses in Nigeria’s financial system and regulatory deficiencies, which he said have been at the root of the yearly loss of $18 billion to illicit financial flows out of the country.

Stressing that all eyes are on the government to take appropriate action, the CISLAC boss said the President must ensure that the exposure does not go the way of previous leaks – Paradise and Panama Papers, which were released in 2017 and 2016.”

“He said unlike other countries, the Nigerian government has neither instituted investigations nor shown any willingness to dismiss public officers exposed in the reports.”

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