Controversy: Obasanjo should disclose donations made to his library – SERAP

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has challenged former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo to made open donations he recieved from his presidential library.

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The NGO called on the attention of the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to propose a bill seeking to regulate fundraising to presidential libraries, so fundraising could be monitored, Timothy Adewale, SERAP’s senior staff attorney stressed.

Adewale said Osinbajo who is currently acting on behalf of President Buhari is in UK on longer acation should work closely with the national assembly to ensure the speedy passage of such bill into law.

“We urge Acting President to propose a bill that would specifically regulate and bring transparency to any future presidential library fundraising process, and make public disclosure of major donations towards the establishment of any such library mandatory,” the statement read.

“The proposed bill would give Nigerians a better view of major donations going to presidential libraries, and provide access to information as to whether donors gain any special Aso Rock influence.

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“The bill would minimise the potential for a quid pro quo, influence-peddling; and help to build trust and confidence among a citizenry that already questions the ethics of elected officials.

“Proposing bill that would provide information to Nigerians and allow them to know those who help pay for presidential libraries is not only a matter of public interest but also crucially important to enhance transparency, accountability and strengthen this government’s anti-corruption efforts.

“It’s unfair to Nigerians for a sitting or former president to raise an unlimited amount of money for a presidential library and not to have the obligation to publish information on the major contributors.”

SERAP said without openness and transparency, potential donors may seek to use library donations as a means to secure political favours. Read in full here

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