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Shun money politics, group urges Nigerians

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A group under the aegis of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre has urged Nigerians to shun money politics and vote-buying, saying that such have marred elections in the country.

The executive director of CISLAC, Mr Auwal Rafsanjani, at a forum in Lagos said the increasing problem of dirty money in politics suggested a high level of impunity among some who wanted to gain power and wealth through illegal means. 

“We all know what illicit financial flow can cause and as a civil society organisation working around the themes of money laundering, there is the need to call out the wrongdoings of the government, as well as commend the government when they take the right actions.

“All hands must be on the deck to ensure that scenarios where looted funds are stashed either at home or abroad only to be used when it is time for political campaigns and elections is reduced to the barest minimum,” Rafsanjani said.

Also, a representative of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, Mr Moses Azege, said, “Corruption is not just a threat in itself but an enabler of other illicit conducts. Therefore, all stakeholders must collaborate in ways that will mitigate illicit financial flows.”

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