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Human rights  awyer, Femi Falana, SAN, has said no state in Nigeria was fighting corruption, noting that  only Kano State has an anti-corruption commission.

Falana, who stated this in an interview on Arise Television show Thursday, said the fight against corruption could not be limited to the Federal Government alone.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria Femi Falana

He said: “In line with section 15, subsection 5 of the constitution, the provision says the Nigerian state shall abolish corrupt practices and abuse of office.

“That does not mean the Federal Government. The Nigerian state, including the Federal Government, state governments and local governments. But apart from the Federal Government, no state in Nigeria is fighting corruption.

“That’s why some of the state governments are saying they cannot pay minimum wage because they are not blocking the leakages going on. Kano State is the only state, this may interest you, that has an anti-corruption commission. No other state in Nigeria.

“In fact, access to information is denied by all state governments in Nigeria apart from Ekiti State. Only Ekiti State government, under Fayemi, has adopted the Freedom of Information Act.

“So, it’s difficult in any state to ask for information with respect to public affairs. So, you can’t just single out the Federal Government fighting corruption in a country where majority of state governments are not bothered.

“So, it will not be fair to limit the fight against corruption to the Federal Government. As a country, Nigeria has not decided to fight corruption.”

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission was established in 2005 to monitor and investigate all forms of corrupt practices in the state.

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