Disturbed by the possible derailment of the anti-graft campaign of this
administration, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA
yesterday urged the federal government to disband forthwith, the Presidential
Panel on Recovery of Public Property, PPRPP, for its serial disregard for the rule
of law and for directly undermining the constitution.
This is as the group also accused the Presidential panel of turning the war
against corruption into war against opposition elements.
Addressing the press yesterday in Abuja, the Coordinator of the association,
Mr. Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the call for disbandment of PPRPP became
necessary because of ‘the dubious duplicity and illegal manner of operation of
the PPRPP, which are primitive, unconstitutional and unacceptable in a 21st
century constitutional democracy.’
He said the association had on many occasions asked the government to allow
the principle of rule of law and the strict applications of the constitution to
guide the officials in all their conducts but noted that there was glaring
evidence that the war against corruption has been corrupted to become war
According to him, the group had received multiple petitions against the PPRPP,
especially its unorthodox methods of operations which are extra-legal.
Citing a response letter written by the WAEC to the Chairman, Ad-Hoc
Committee on Activities of the Presidential Investigation Panel, House of
Representatives, National Assembly, Abuja dated April 17, in which the
examination body noted a disparity in the result of Chief Obono Obla, a copy of
which was made available to the media.
Onwubiko noted that the group had received petitions through calls about
allegations of academic impropriety made against the Chairman of this
Presidential panel on recovery of public property, but said it had resolved to
follow the activities of the ad hoc committee set up by the House of
Representatives to investigate the illegal activities of the panel.
Continuing, he said, “We are worried that the anti-graft campaign of this
administration has significantly derailed and is rather totally focused as a
political witch-hunt and nothing more.
“We have on many occasions asked this government to allow the Principle of
Rule of law and the strict applications of the Constitution to guide the officials
in all their conducts but time and time again, there is glaring evidence that the
war against corruption has been corrupted to become war against opposition.”
Speaking further about the anti-graft campaign, HURIWA said “we had had
cause to write to President Muhammadu Buhari to call for the disablement of
the so called Presidential panel on recovery of public property which the
foundation was grounded on a dead military decree but the President has yet
to even reply to our letter which we sent over 3 months now showing that the
plots of this government for allowing the existence of this illegal contraption
goes to indicate that the current government is planning to replace
constitutional democracy with authoritarian communism.