Columns

As Panama and Paradise Papers Produce Heroes In Nigeria, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

...from France, where Societe Generale used the firm to set up 979 offshore accounts, to Salvador, Azerbaijan, China’s red aristocrats, Zimbabwe, Iran, Austria Russia to Argentina, FIFA and Transparency International officials, Panama Papers’ revelations have ended the careers of many public officials, except in Nigeria, where they are rather pampered…
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Opinion

#Panama Papers: the Lingering Need to Contain Illicit Cash Flows, By Porter McConnell

The massive investigation, which turns one year old today, brought the discussion of transparency to new heights, but much remains to be done to actually tackle the murky world of offshore finance. One hundred and fifty investigations in 79 countries, thousands of companies and taxpayers under the microscope, and growing…
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Opinion

Unmasking the Real Owners of Nigeria’s Extractive Asset, By Godwin Okpene

What beneficial ownership transparency seeks to do is to put information in the public domain and thus expand the options for official accountability. It would require citizen vigilance to ensure regulatory diligence. Citizen action would not only ensure that the rules are being followed, but that citizens will demand answers…
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Opinion

In Nigeria, Many Anti-corruption Policies—and So Much Corruption Also, By Amenaghawon and Ilo

...given the pervasiveness of corruption in the country, Nigeria needs more than just commitments. Anti-corruption efforts by the Buhari administration in its first year have been slow. The success of these efforts depends on getting the requisite public buy-in—the war on corruption cannot be fought by Buhari alone. British Prime…
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Columns

Whose Interest Is AGF Malami Serving?, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

In all these anomalies, neither the minister nor his principal, the president appears perturbed. And instead of justice, what we have are intense power play, lobbying and unhealthy rivalry. Indeed, the minister’s actions, inactions and activities are not only threatening the anti-corruption posture of the government, they are capable of…
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Opinion

Memo to Buhari On UK Anti-Corruption Summit, By Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku

...part of our memo to the Anti-Corruption Summit is this: let governments empower those affected by corruption, let governments deploy digital reporting systems in complaints and reporting mechanisms, and let us shut down all offshore centres and safe havens around the world. A philosophy is a thought which drives a…
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Opinion

Nigeria: the Political Expediency of Defending the Indefensible, By Femi Akinfolarin

I wish Nigerians could for once be a people who reason rationally and refuse to accept illogical positions for the sake of political expediency. The truth is obvious, Saraki might be the victim of a gang up to bring him down from a senate president position that he took by…
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Guest Columns

#PanamaPapers: Time To End Illicit Financial Flows, By Thabo Mbeki

Specific efforts must continue to put political pressure on the countries that enable a high level of financial opacity or that have laws enabling banking secrecy and the registration of shell companies. This is extremely important to all countries. Otherwise harmful tax practices and high levels of opacity in financial…
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Opinion

#PanamaPapers: Patronise Nigerian Lawyers to Grow the Naira!, By Peter Oshun

An ingenious local lawyer would probably have advised Saraki, if consulted on the problem of hiding away his loot, for the price of a second-hand Hummer jeep: 'My able Senator, it's not hard. Recruit two dozen of your loyal vuvuzelas on Facebook to help you dig a sixty metre soak-away…
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