The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has asked the presidency to emulate the House of Representatives in displaying the urgency, courage and sense of purpose with which the legislative chamber has handled the case of alleged bribery involving one of its members.
A statement by the party’s national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated that the decision of the House to suspend Farouk Lawan as the chairman, ad hoc Committee on fuel subsidy management, while also standing by the report of the committee, sends a strong signal that the House will not condone corruption under any guise, and that it practices what it preaches.
According to the statement, “though it has not been conclusively proven that Honourable Lawan indeed took the bribe as alleged, the House went ahead to suspend him, unlike the presidency which has been shielding all those indicted in the monumental fraud uncovered by the committee – a tale of two nations in one”
Noting that corruption has reached unprecedented levels in Nigeria especially under the present political dispensation, the opposition party warned the presidency not to pay lip service to the fight against corruption.
ACN urged the president to end its ambivalence on the implementation of the report of the ad hoc committee on fuel subsidy management, even as the probe of the alleged bribery scandal involving the former chairman of the committee continues.