President Muhammadu Buhari has been accused of turning a blind eye to corruption within his administration.
This was stated by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), In its five-year assessment report of the achievements and gaps in the anti-corruption programme of the president.
The organisation noted that the Buhari-led administration is overlooking the “malfeasance” by some presidential appointees.
Through its director, Idayat Hassan, the assessment report showed that Buhari’s administration is also battling with declining fiscal transparency.
“In the first place, the five year assessment situates anti-corruption as a signature issue around which President Buhari has built a personal political brand, making it the major plank on which he won the historic election of 2015,” the organisation said.
“In the area of achievements, the assessment makes the point about how the Buhari administration has worked to elevate the fight against corruption by placing as its top national policy priority. It further notes the empowerment of anti-corruption agencies, and the Buhari administration’s effort to free them up to pursue far-reaching investigations into political and bureaucratic corruption.
“The assessment equally notes that the President pushed through a few key financial management reforms, which have been critical in preventing opportunities for corruption to thrive. One of such reforms is the mandatory use of the Treasury Single Account, which has ended the lax and opaque system wherein government monies sat in disparate accounts, which made proper oversight impossible.
“Consequently, the assessment knocks the President for his tendency to condone corruption within his own administration and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party. In this regard, President Buhari gets the flak over accusations that he “consistently turned a blind eye to malfeasance by some of his own appointees and resisted independent oversight of Nigeria’s most scandal-ridden agencies.”
The CDD said the Buhari administration has failed to curb defence and security corruption.