Daily Trust (Abuja)

31 December 2012

Nigeria: CNPP Urges International Sanctions Against Corrupt Officials

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has called on the international community to sanction corrupt Nigerian leaders, similar to those imposed on South Africa during the apartheid era, until the country's corruption perception index improves.

CNPP stated this in a statement yesterday in Abuja by its Secretary General, Willy Ezugwu, to mark the end of the year 2012.

Ezugwu said that travel bans on politicians, high government officials and known associates of those who have been indicted by the police, EFCC and other anti-corruption agencies should be enforced to make President Goodluck Jonathan properly tackle corruption rather than paying lip service to it.

"Freeze or closure of question-able International Bank Accounts especially those in Switzerland, Cayman Island, Dubai, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Argentina, the US and UK; and vetting of all international businesses that require specified amount of trans-fers," Ezugwu urged.

He added that, "The state can no longer guarantee the fundamental rights of its citizens with the state of poor security in several parts of the country. Since coming into the office after the 2011 elections, Jonathan for example has not visited Borno state even if only to reassure the suffering citizens of that place that Nigeria has not and will not forsake them."

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