The Chairman of Senate Ad hoc Committee on Humanitarian Crisis in North-East, Shehu Sani, has called for the dissolution of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC).
Sani told journalists in Abuja that Wednesday’s suspension of Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, clearly showed that the committee was not competent.
He recalled that the committee had, at the wake of corruption allegations against Lawal over management of the Presidential Initiative on North-East (PINE) funds, defended him as being without guilt.
According to him, it has become clear that the President could fight corruption effectively without an advisory body because the one currently in place is incompetent.
“President Muhammadu Buhari should as a matter of urgency dissolve his Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption. It is a moribund and irrelevant assemblage.
“A Presidential Advisory Committee headed by a man who defended the SGF is without honour.
“The chairman of the committee attacked me for my report on PINE, now that the President has taken steps in the direction of the committee’s report, I hope the Professor will muster the courage to also attack the President.
“The advisory committee was looking for corruption in Sokoto while it’s there in `shokoto’.
“It is sad that most of the mercenary forces hired to rubbish the integrity of the Senate committee and defend those indicted have suddenly lost their voices,’’ he said.
The lawmaker decried the humanitarian situation in the North-East.
"It was made an industry where government officials and even non-governmental organisations, profit from the suffering and the hardships of millions of victims’’.
He said that while some people saw the millions of orphans and widows produced by the crisis as victims, others saw them as “cash cows”.
The Senate had on December 14, 2016, called for the resignation and prosecution of Lawal following alleged complicity against him in the diversion of North-East humanitarian funds.
The Senate Ad hoc Committee on Mounting Humanitarian Crises in the North-East had, in an interim report, indicted Lawal in the award of contracts under the PINE.
Chairman of PACAC, Itse Sagay, swiftly defended the SGF of any complicity in any of the processes, and faulted the committee for saying the Buhari administration was “treating corruption in his government with `deodorant”.