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Nigerian civil society calls on UK to end role as a safe haven for corrupt individuals

Letter to UK Prime Minister calls for action as the International Anti-Corruption Summit in London approaches

The following letter was sent today to UK Prime Minister David Cameron by Nigerian civil society organisations, including Transparency International's partner Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC):

Abuja, 28th April 2016

Dear Prime Minister,
As you prepare to host global leaders in London for the International Anti-Corruption Summit, civil society in Nigeria is calling on you to take serious action to end the UK’s role as a safe haven for our corrupt individuals, who steal our wealth for their own private gain.

The leadership you have taken on fighting corruption has seen the world begin to grasp the devastating effects of corruption, not only for human development and economic prosperity, but also in contributing to violent conflict and mass migration, which in turn feed the cycle of poverty and corruption.

Our Nigeria is one of those countries that has most bitterly suffered the impact. Despite the blessings of nature, which endowed us with abundant oil wealth, our infrastructure is deplorable. Classrooms overflow while teachers go underpaid and parents are forced to give “gifts” to ensure their children get attention; police officers spend their time shaking down motorists or locking them up on some spurious pretext so as to extort a few naira. It is because of these abuses that the people of Nigeria participated with unparalleled energy in the 2015 presidential election. Now we are embarked on a nationwide anti-corruption campaign.

But these efforts are sadly undermined if countries such as your own are welcoming our corrupt to hide their ill-gotten gains in your luxury homes, department stores, car dealerships, private schools and anywhere else that will accept their cash with no questions asked. The role of London’s property market as vessels to conceal stolen wealth has been exposed in court documents, reports, documentaries and more. The problem is clear, now is time to do something about it.

Recently top Nigerian officials have been named in the Panama Papers. For example, it is alleged that Bukola Saraki, the President of the Nigerian Senate, has an undeclared £5.7 million property in London, in his wife’s name. This raises concerns about how it was possible to hide undeclared wealth in the UK property market.

This summit is an opportunity for the major financial centres to finally acknowledge the role they are playing in perpetuating corruption. It is ironic that the countries that pride themselves on their own lack of corruption are the very ones providing most of the corruption services to our corrupt officials.

Corruption is not an issue limited to developing countries or the global south. It’s a truly international problem. We hope your summit will help bring about real change and raise the ambition of anti-corruption efforts around the world.

We will be calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to represent our views at the Summit. We are ready and eager to further its outcomes once commitments have been made.

Yours Sincerely,

Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani)

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)

Mallam YZ Yau

Centre For Information Technology and Development (CITAD)

Jimoh Salman

Good Governance Team

Salaudeen Hashim

West Africa Civil Society Forum (WACSOF)– Nigeria Platform

Jaye Gaskia

Ezenwa Nwagu

Partners for Electoral Reforms (PER)

Okeke Anya

State Of The Union – Nigeria Campaign (SOTU)

Adefolahan Lukman
Zero Corruption Coalition (ZCC)

Moses Oluwaseyi
Civil Advancement Research and Rural Empowerment Initiative

Idris Musa
Centre for Justice and Peace Development

Chom Bagu
Search for Common Ground

Sis Rosemary Ukata

Centre for Women Studies and Intervention (CWSI)

Chief (Mrs.) Funmilayo Oladippupo

United Nigeria Peace Foundation

Ariori Jemina

Federation Of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN)

Azeez Adewale Ahmed

International Centre for Development and Budget Advocacy

Abdulkareem Tijani

Socio-Economic & Research Development Centre (SERDEC)

Abanka Musa
Refocusing Nigerian Talents Organization

Fisayo Aransiola
Steps to Life Nigeria

Okeke Anya

National Procurement Watch Platform

Ariyo Owa
Campaign for Democracy

Abiodun Martins
Pro-Poor Initiative

Mathew Elvis

Advocacy for rural Engagement Initiative

Mustapha Mohammed
Democracy Action Group - Kano

Kyauta Giwa

Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP)

Kaka Chris

Trade Network Initiative

George Monye

Majesty Community and Rural Development Centre

Ibeh, Vivien I

Foundation for Peace and Security Education

Sam Itodo


Dudu Manuga



Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women - Kaduna

Theophilus Ekpon

Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa

Gimba Joseph

Centre for Peace Education and Development – Taraba

Josephine Alabi

Keen and Care Initiative

Ignineweka Cyril

Progressive Movement of Nigeria

Dr Fatima Zanna Gana
Purple Hearts Foundation – Borno

Fiona Lovaff
Lovatt Foundation – Kano

Nita Byack – Geaorge

Actor’s Guild of Nigeria

Bassey Bassey

Olatunji Olanrewaju

JaneFrancis Duru

Gender Care Initiative

Edward Olutoke

Association of Nigeria Tenants

Comerade Mbami Aliya Sabka

Prisons Inmate Development Initiative

Veronica Thomas

Ash Foundation – Bauchi

Umma Iliyasu Mohammed

Girl Child Concern

Edel-Quinn Agbaegbu

Every Woman Hope Centre

Samie Ihejirika

Strategic Empowerment and Mediation Agency – Kaduna

Dr. Tunji Asaolu

African Youths International Development

Emmanuel Onyema

Crime Free & Peace Initiative

Prince Henry Ezike

Community Of San’Egido Nigeria

Hon. Hassan Abubakar


Sylvester Uhaa

Citizens United For the Rehabilitation of Errants

Leyai Ala

Peace and Social Foundation – Bayelsa

Babatunde Adegbesan


Sani Sheriff

21st Century Community Empowerment for Youth and Women Initiative

Liberty Oseni

Arms of Hope Foundation

Becky Samuel

Youths For Peace Foundation

Philip Jalgior


Audu Yerima Charles


Osai Ejigho

Alliances for Africa

Theresa Kelubia

BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights – Lagos

Afolabi Bukola


Ada Agina-Ude


Ademola Olukanmi

Beautiful Eves of Africa

Mimido Achakpa

Women’s Right to Education Programme (WREP)

Onyejowu Sunday

Winning Hearts International

Sunday Ebi

Winning Hearts International

Chief Joy Ezeilo

Women’s Aid Collective (WOCOL)

Mrs. Ene Ede

Equity Advocates

Felicia Iyore Onibon

Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All

Peter Egwuda

Civil Society Coalition for Poverty Eradication

Idris Maigari

Lawanti Community Development Foundation

Emmanuel Etim

Stop Aids Alliance

Idowu Adewale

Media Rights Agenda

Gbadamosi John Gbadamosi

Freedom of Information Coalition

Dr. Nosa Aladeselu

Gender Development and Education

Comrade Nelson Nwafor

Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy and Development – Enugu

Okie Hart

Grassroot Coalition For Transparency and Good Governance

Stella Okafor

Lizzy Igbine


Aliyu Kawu

RAYSIDA Int’l – Taraba

Ibrahim Maliki

Rural Integrated Development Initiative

Tony Agoro

Needy Response Care Initiative – Gombe

Ahmad Ibrahim

Care For Life Mission

Esther Simon

Dayspring Development Initiative

Grace Samuel

Kishimi Shelter Care Foundation

Sani Adamu Jauro

Heart for Children Initiative

Ali Usman Rambo

GESDI – Yobe

Mohammed Wuyo

Borno Coalition for Democracy and Progress

Hadiza Mohammed

Women Right Initiative

Usman Hassan Abdullahi

Youth Federation for World Peace Ambassadors Foundation

Ann Darman

Gender Equality & Peace Development Centre

Jimoh Olawale

Gender and Children Support Initiative

Usman Mohammed Inusa

Waka Multi-purpose for Social Change

Justina Yakubu

Centre for Human Rights & Citizens Advancement

Mary Emmanuel

Community Resource Initiative

Kingsley Yallings

Centre for Justice and Empowerment

Haliru Mohammed

YETIM Care Foundation

Sagir Shehu Mustapha

Rariyangoro Youth Empowerment Initiative

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Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani)
Executive Director
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)
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