Nigerian politicians ‘must’ publicly disclose sources of income – CDD

The Centre for Democracy and Development, CDD-West Africa, on Monday, said politicians should be required to publicly disclose their sources of income to foster accountability and develop public trust.

Director CDD, Idayat Hassan, said this at the launch of the Democracy Watch Reports, a series of reports that examined the state of democracy in Nigeria since May 1999 in Abuja.

Ms Hassan said that the measure was necessary to forestall corruption in the country as contained in Nigeria’20 years of the anti-corruption report.

She said that the three reports launched by CDD were meant to gauge the performance of Nigeria against some basic attributes of democracy and socio-economic transformation in the last two decades.

She said that the first report interrogated data on human rights condition in Nigeria while the second report questioned the anti-corruption efforts of Nigeria by x-raying the activities of anti-graft agencies and the third report examined the economic plans of the various administrations in Nigeria.

Ms Hassan said that for each of the reports, CDD made some recommendations asking that to forestall corruption, legislators should collaborate with anti-corruption agencies and commissions to enact legislation affecting the prosecution of corruption cases.

“Given the decentralised nature of cryptocurrency, legislators should amend vital legislation to address virtual money laundering concerns.

He also called for the need to work on national unity and integrity, and try to a develop liberal democratic order.

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