Anti Corruption War: Read what this senator just said


1 Apr 2016

Anti Corruption War: Read what this senator just said

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– Senator Monsurat Sunmonu reiterated the need for international communities to return stolen Nigerian money in their country to Nigeria

– The senator said Nigeria is well equipped to fight corruption citing the two anti-graft agencies

– She also made a call for heavy punishment for corruption

Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu
Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu

The chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, has reiterated the need for international communities to return stolen Nigerian money in their country to Nigeria.

She stated this when she attended the International Parliamentary Conference on Sustainability, Energy and Development which held in Westminster.

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“No one country can fight corruption alone. With technological advances and the development of a global economy, the world has become a smaller place. This means that no single country is able to legislate and succeed in the fight against corruption by itself.

“For example, if financial corruption takes place in Nigeria, but the funds are banked in Switzerland, villas purchased in Spain and businesses are invested in the US, the problem has moved far beyond the country where the corruption or crime first took place,” she said.

While at the Conference, Sen. Sunmonu also sat as a Panelist in a session titled “Curbing Corruption – what is the role of parliaments?” which was Chaired by Chair of the UK House of Commons International Development Committee, Stephen Twigg MP.

While sitting on the Panel, Sen. Sunmonu encouraged countries to come together to help resolve the problem. She stated that with the world becoming a smaller place and no country can single-handedly fight corruption. She also pledged her support for President Buhari in his war on corruption, saying that as Chair of the Foreign Affairs committee she would do what she could to assist.

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The Oyo born senator said Nigeria is well equipped to fight corruption citing the two anti-graft agencies, the Code of Conduct Bureau (and Tribunal) and laws, making a call for heavy punishment for corruption.

“I also think that the punishments for corruption need to be made more of a deterrent. This does not however apply only to Nigeria. I often see in the news corruption cases being punished with a slap on the wrists.

“Yes, each country is to determine its own individual policy as regards punishment, but with the world becoming a smaller place a consensus needs to be reached,” she added.

Recall that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana has said contrary to claims, the Muhammadu Buhari led federal government is not winning the anti-corruption war.

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Also, despite repeated claims that it is committed to fighting corruption, the Nigerian government has refused to commit to two US anti-corruption initiatives.

Government officials led by Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs rose from the U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) meeting on Wednesday, March 30 refusing to be members of Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Partnership on Illicit Finance (PIF).

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News Source: NAIJ, 9jaTales

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