- Civil society organisations have called for probe of alleged involvement of former president Olusegun Obasanjo in the $16 billion power project
- The organisations said President Buhari must investigate alleged corrupt activities by Nigeria's past leaders
- According to the organisations, all individuals, groups including past leaders should be held accountable for the actions
President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to probe the alleged approval of the $16 billion (N5.76 trillion) power project by former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
Two civil society organisation, Socio-Economic and Right Accountability Project (SERAP) and the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) said the president should probe and not just comment on the project.
The groups also called for investigation into alleged corrupt activities by Nigeria's past leaders.
Punch reports that the director of SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said the previous regimes have misappropriated large sums of money on bogus projects.
Mumuni said people, especially leaders must be held accountable for what happened in their regimes.
“People must be held accountable for what happened in their regimes, no matter how highly placed they are. It does not matter who the corrupt former leaders now associate with.
If the President agrees with us that there is indeed misappropriation, the government should move to bring the culpable people to book," Mumuni said.
In his reaction, the director of CACOL, Debo Adeniran said it is important that the federal government does not waste time in probing the project.
Adeniran said: “Our stand is that the federal government should waste no time further but should probe whoever is behind poorly implemented national projects. Now that the President has confirmed that $16bn was wasted under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Buhari administration needs to summon enough courage and political will to bring the culprits to book.
“Power, influence and political leanings should not be considered in bringing whoever is guilty to book."
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that President Buhari had inquired about the $16 billion (N5.76 trillion) power project authorised by Obasanjo during his tenure as president.
The president said he wondered where the power project is since its launch.
President Buhari asked the question while receiving members of the Buhari Support Organisation led by the comptroller general of Nigeria Customs Service Hameed Ali at the Presidential Villa.
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