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BudgIT Organisation slams Buhari over Change Begins With Me campaign

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BudgIT has slammed President Buhari over the Change Begins With Me campaign which was launched on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

The organisation questioned Buhari’s intention for launching the campaign, saying the government has to first of all promote change through transparency.

It also alleged that the current administration secretly employed their cronies into the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and the Nigeria Prisons Service.

BudgIT, in a statement posted on Facebook, said “Let change start with National Assembly telling us how N115bn is spent. Let change start with a cogent explanation why Nigerian government needs 11 aircraft in a recession.

“Let change start with the government responding to our FOI (Freedom of Information) responses on how much money has been given to states as bailout.

“Let change start with the government explaining why it released N400bn for capital expenditure, with no project details. How long do we keep running with opacity?

“Let change start with the government telling the people how much funds have been recovered and who returned what.

“Let change start with the reversal of illegal recruitment into government agencies that has got no action from the government. Let us stop making change a meaningless word. Releasing N400bn for capital projects without details is not the way to go.

“Change starts with accountability of public funds and radical transparency. What is the government changing before asking you for change? Are the convoys less. Presidential fleet less?

“The government wants everything, including change from citizens. What is it giving back? What is it sacrificing? Nigerians need to change, but it starts with its leadership showing the right example.”

READ: President Buhari's full “Change Begins With Me” speech

BudgIT was founded in 2011. It is a civic organisation that applies technology to uses citizen engagement and institutional improvement, to facilitate societal change.

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