An army of 95 Nigerian civil society groups has banded together to demand that the United Kingdom end the country’s role as a safe haven for Nigeria’s looters. UK Prime Minister, David Cameron

The call comes in a letter sent to Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday as he prepares to host global leaders in London for the International Anti-Corruption Summit next month.

The conference is scheduled for May 12, and President Muhammadu Buhari, who was elected principally to combat runaway corruption in Nigeria, has been invited to attend. 

The groups said they will ask the President to represent their views at the Summit, and that they will be prepared to further its outcomes once commitments have been made.

They told Prime Minister Cameron: “The leadership you have taken on fighting corruption has seen the world begin to grasp the devastating effects of corruption, not only for human development and economic prosperity but also in contributing to violent conflict and mass migration, which in turn feed the cycle of poverty and corruption.”

Citing Nigeria as one of those countries that have most bitterly suffered the impact, the groups noted that despite the blessings of nature which endowed the nation with abundant oil wealth, its infrastructure is deplorable.

“Classrooms overflow while teachers go underpaid and parents are forced to give “gifts” to ensure their children get attention; police officers spend their time shaking down motorists or locking them up on some spurious pretext so as to extort a few naira. It is because of these abuses that the people of Nigeria participated with unparalleled energy in the 2015 presidential election.  Now we are embarked on a nationwide anti-corruption campaign.”

They declared those efforts to be “sadly undermined” if countries such as the UK are welcoming Nigeria’s corrupt to hide their ill-gotten gains in its luxury homes, department stores, car dealerships, private schools and anywhere else that will accept their cash with no questions asked.

“The role of London’s property market as vessels to conceal stolen wealth has been exposed in court documents, reports, documentaries and more,” the letter said.  “The problem is clear, now is time to do something about it.”

They drew attention to several Nigerian officials named in the Panama Papers, including the allegation that Nigeria Senate President Bukola Saraki, who has dual British/Nigeria citizenships, has an undeclared £5.7 million property in his wife’s name in London, saying it raises concerns about how it was possible to hide undeclared wealth in the UK property market.

They described the summit as an opportunity for the major financial centres to finally acknowledge the role they are playing in perpetuating corruption, pointing out the irony that the countries that pride themselves on their own lack of corruption are the very ones providing most of the corruption services to Nigeria’s corrupt officials.

“Corruption is not an issue limited to developing countries or the global south,” they said.  “It’s a truly international problem. We hope your summit will help bring about real change and raise the ambition of anti-corruption efforts around the world.”

 

Signatories:

 

Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani)

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)

Mallam YZ Yau

Centre For Information Technology and Development (CITAD)

Jimoh Salman

Good Governance Team

Salaudeen Hashim

West Africa Civil Society Forum (WACSOF)– Nigeria Platform

Jaye Gaskia

Protest2Power

Ezenwa Nwagu

Partners for Electoral Reforms (PER)

Okeke Anya

State Of The Union – Nigeria Campaign (SOTU)

Adefolahan Lukman

Zero Corruption Coalition (ZCC)

Moses Oluwaseyi

Civil Advancement Research and Rural Empowerment Initiative

Idris Musa

Centre for Justice and Peace Development

Chom Bagu

Search for Common Ground

 

Sis Rosemary Ukata

Centre for Women Studies and Intervention (CWSI)

Chief (Mrs.) Funmilayo Oladippupo

United Nigeria Peace Foundation

Ariori Jemina

Federation Of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN)

Azeez Adewale Ahmed

International Centre for Development and Budget Advocacy

Abdulkareem Tijani

Socio-Economic & Research Development Centre (SERDEC)

Abanka Musa

Refocusing Nigerian Talents Organization

Fisayo Aransiola

Steps to Life Nigeria

Okeke Anya

National Procurement Watch Platform

Ariyo Owa

Campaign for Democracy

Abiodun Martins

Pro-Poor Initiative

Mathew Elvis

Advocacy for rural Engagement Initiative

Mustapha Mohammed

Democracy Action Group - Kano

Kyauta Giwa

Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP)

Kaka Chris

Trade Network Initiative

George Monye

Majesty Community and Rural Development Centre

Ibeh, Vivien I

Foundation for Peace and Security Education

Sam Itodo

YIAGA

Dudu Manuga

RECHDI- Gombe

Abel

Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women  - Kaduna

Theophilus Ekpon

Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa

Gimba Joseph

Centre for Peace Education and Development – Taraba

Josephine Alabi

Keen and Care Initiative

Ignineweka Cyril

Progressive Movement of Nigeria

Dr Fatima Zanna Gana

Purple Hearts Foundation – Borno

Fiona Lovaff

Lovatt Foundation – Kano

Nita ByackGeaorge

Actor’s Guild of Nigeria

Bassey Bassey

GREENCODE

Olatunji Olanrewaju

Adopt-A-Camp

JaneFrancis Duru

Gender Care Initiative

Edward Olutoke

Association of Nigeria Tenants

Comerade Mbami Aliya Sabka

Prisons Inmate Development Initiative

Veronica Thomas

Ash Foundation – Bauchi

Umma Iliyasu Mohammed

Girl Child Concern

Edel-Quinn Agbaegbu

Every Woman Hope Centre

Samie Ihejirika

Strategic Empowerment and Mediation Agency – Kaduna

Dr. Tunji Asaolu

African Youths International Development

Emmanuel Onyema

Crime Free & Peace Initiative

Prince Henry Ezike

Community Of San’Egido Nigeria

Hon. Hassan Abubakar

ALFACARE

Sylvester Uhaa

Citizens United For the Rehabilitation of Errants

Leyai Ala

Peace and Social Foundation – Bayelsa

Babatunde Adegbesan

GEOSCIENES

Sani Sheriff

21st Century Community Empowerment for Youth and Women Initiative

Liberty Oseni

Arms of Hope Foundation

Becky Samuel

Youths For Peace Foundation

Philip Jalgior

ERA/FoEN

Audu Yerima Charles

ASSAPIN

Osai Ejigho

Alliances for Africa

Theresa Kelubia

BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights – Lagos

Afolabi Bukola

WARD-C

Ada Agina-Ude

GADA

Ademola Olukanmi

Beautiful Eves of Africa

Mimido Achakpa

Women’s Right to Education Programme (WREP)

Onyejowu Sunday

Winning Hearts International

Sunday Ebi

Winning Hearts International

Chief Joy Ezeilo

Women’s Aid Collective (WOCOL)

Mrs. Ene Ede

Equity Advocates

Felicia Iyore Onibon

Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All

Peter Egwuda

Civil Society Coalition for Poverty Eradication

Idris Maigari

Lawanti Community Development Foundation

Emmanuel Etim

Stop Aids Alliance

Idowu Adewale

Media Rights Agenda

Gbadamosi John Gbadamosi

Freedom of Information Coalition

Dr. Nosa Aladeselu

Gender Development and Education

Comrade Nelson Nwafor

Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy and Development – Enugu

Okie Hart

Grassroot Coalition For Transparency and Good Governance

Stella Okafor

 

Lizzy Igbine

NIWAFA

Aliyu Kawu

RAYSIDA Int’l – Taraba

Ibrahim Maliki

Rural Integrated Development Initiative

Tony Agoro

Needy Response Care Initiative – Gombe

Ahmad Ibrahim

Care For Life Mission

Esther Simon

Dayspring Development Initiative

Grace Samuel

Kishimi Shelter Care Foundation

Sani Adamu Jauro

Heart for Children Initiative

Ali Usman Rambo

GESDI – Yobe

Mohammed Wuyo

Borno Coalition for Democracy and Progress

Hadiza Mohammed

Women Right Initiative

Usman Hassan Abdullahi

Youth Federation for World Peace Ambassadors Foundation

Ann Darman

Gender Equality & Peace Development Centre

Jimoh Olawale

Gender and Children Support Initiative

Usman Mohammed Inusa

Waka Multi-purpose for Social Change

Justina Yakubu

Centre for Human Rights & Citizens Advancement

Mary Emmanuel

Community Resource Initiative

Kingsley Yallings

Centre for Justice and Empowerment

Haliru Mohammed

YETIM Care Foundation

Sagir Shehu Mustapha

Rariyangoro Youth Empowerment Initiative

 

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