Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Challenge (SERAP) has condemned the documented passage of a monthly bill in search of to give leaders of federal and state legislatures immunity from prosecution for corruption.
SERAP deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, in a statement Tuesday night, reported this sort of was tantamount to ripping off the structure, blatant assault on the rule of legislation and breach of general public rely on.
SERAP urged the of the Property of Associates to quickly withdraw the obnoxious monthly bill.
The assertion known as the monthly bill a big setback for the rule of law that the exact same lawmakers that routinely make rules that consign common, powerless Nigerians to prison for even trivial offences.
“Whereas nations like Guatemala has voted unanimously to strip their president of immunity from prosecution for corruption our possess lawmakers are shifting in the reverse direction.
“The concept seems to be that in Nigeria, highly effective and influential actors need to not be and are not subject to the rule of legislation. It’s basically not good for lawmakers to be the chief advocates of immunity for corruption.
“It’s a form of political corruption for the parliamentarians to abuse their legislative powers, supposed for use in the public fascination but as an alternative for personalized advantage. This is an unacceptable proposition as it gives the perception that both the principal officers of the Countrywide Assembly are higher than the regulation.
“If the Household of Associates should have their way, this will rob Nigerians of their rights to accountable governing administration.
“Public officers who are truly fully commited to the perfectly-currently being of the state and its folks, and to the establishment of an successful and performing system of administration of justice, need to have certainly almost nothing to concern,” it said.