The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has ask President Muhammad Buhari to immediately put the country’s resources at the service of human rights and support the less weel-off by cutting allocations ofor security votes, revovation of National Assembly building and Jumbo salaries.
SERAP stated this on Sunday as Nigeria plunges into second wave of recession under five years.
The human rights body tweeted:
“BREAKING: Following Nigeria’s second recession in 5 yrs., we’ve asked President Buhari to immediately put the country’s resources at the service of human rights and support the less well-off by cutting allocations for security votes, renovation of @nassnigeria, jumbo salaries, etc.”
“We stated in the letter sent yesterday: The paltry resources Nigeria invests in essential public services that would benefit ordinary Nigerians can be partly explained by the high spending of public funds to finance a life of luxury for members of @nassnigeria, governors, etc.”
“This economic crisis provides an opportunity to prioritise access of poor and vulnerable Nigerians to basic socio-economic rights, and to genuinely recommit to the fight against corruption. The country cannot afford getting back to business as usual.”
“Implementing human rights, transparency and accountability measures would save money, address projected adverse human rights impacts of the recession, and fast-track the economic recovery process.”
“It is not too late to take urgent measures that would put the country’s wealth and resources to work for the common good of all Nigerians.”
“Decades of mismanagement and corruption, and deep-seated deficiencies in public financial management have directly contributed to higher levels of borrowing and public debts, and consequently, the economic recession.”
“We would be grateful if your government begins to implement the recommended action within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not heard from you by then, SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions to compel your government to do so.”
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