A coalition of northern Nigerian Civil Society Organizations under the auspices of the Conference of Northern States Civil Society Networks has threatened to mobilise a vote of no confidence against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration if it fails to reverse the pardon granted to some convicted people that including former governors of Plateau and Taraba States.
It could be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration on the advice of the Council of States pardoned 159 criminals including the ex-Governors Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame of Taraba.
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The two former governors were jailed for stealing billions of naira of public funds and their sentences were upheld by the Supreme Court.
A statement endorsed by 19 CSOs and jointly signed by Ambassadors Ibrahim Waiya; and Ibrahim Yusuf, Chairman and Secretary respectively, condemned in the strongest term the pardon of the duo.
The statement said the action is a disservice to the fight against corruption and would kill the morale of the anti-graft agencies.
‘’We, the members of this great conference, and as anti-corruption ambassadors hereby condemn this action in totality and request His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, to as matter of urgency reverse his decision on state pardon granted to some corruption convicts, in the interest of Nigerian citizens.
“Failure of President Buhari to reverse his action, the Conference shall be left with no option but to canvass for the support of other civil society organizations across the country and beyond to pass a vote of no confidence on the Federal Government,’’ said the statement.