2016 budget padding allegation, a big dent on Buhari’s anti- corruption fight – Afenifere

thCAEJEWVKPan Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere has said that the alleged padding of 2016 budget by the presiding members of the House of Representatives has rubbished the anti-corruption fight of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

Afenifere said the development was hard to believe.

In a communiqué issued in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Afenifere wondered why some lawmakers despite the ongoing anti-corruption crusade of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government still engaged in such corrupt activities.

It was read to newsmen by the group’s spokesman, Yinka Odumakin.

The communiqué reads in part: “We are miffed that in the midst of anti-corruption going on, people still have the courage to be engaging in this kind of corrupt activities.

“This has reinforced our long-held view that treating the symptoms of corruption without dealing with it as a whole, we will not achieve much because if the incentive in town that people have to steal money no matter the corruption you are fighting, people will still continue to do this kind of thing; and this is what we have seen in this budget padding.

“It is like seeing pick-pockets who are operating where armed robbers were being shot. The imperative of this for us is that Nigeria must restructure at this moment.

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“We need a new model of governance that puts governance at the question of service, development and not personal pursuit which the present structure offers,” the statement added