Nigeria needs wonder bill to end corruption – Group

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A group, Association for Good Governance, says it is important for Nigeria to have the Wonder Bill in order to rid the country of corruption.

The group said though like the United States of America, Nigeria had security agencies, judiciary and prisons service, yet anti-corruption fight in Nigeria was not efficient due to the absence of the Wonder Bill.

It, however, expressed the confidence that should Nigeria put the Wonder Bill in place, it would be at par with the US in 50 years’ time.

Association for Good Governance said this in a statement on Monday by its President, Justice Uhuegbu, and its National Coordinator, titled, “Corruption, fighting corruption, no; stopping corruption, yes; and the Wonder Bill.”

The group, which said corruption is not fought by the government but by the people and institutions, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to facilitate the Wonder Bill, which, it said, will empower the people and the institutions to take their rightful place in the anti-graft war.

It said, “Corruption is fought 75 per cent by the people and 25 per cent by institutions. The reason our governments, since independence, have failed in their fight against corruption is because the people have never been involved in the fight against corruption because it is people’s fight and not the government’s fight. And this is so because Nigeria lacks the Wonder Bill.”

AGG recalled that it had written several letters to Buhari’s predecessors, including former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, late Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan, on the same topic, which were allegedly ignored.

But according to the group, a number of researches, including one conducted in 1988 by the US through the CIA, revealed that corruption rate remained high in Nigeria due to lack of the Wonder Bill.