Rafsanjani: FG Should Establish Integrity Trust Fund for Transparent Management of Recovered Monies



In this interview with Funke Olaode, Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), a not-for-profit organisation based in Abuja, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, shares his views on the federal government’s effort on looted funds and why the establishment of Integrity Trust Fund is necessary to ensure that the looted fund is not re-looted


You have been an advocate for accountability and good governance. What is your take on the recent happenings in Nigeria in the area of looted funds?

We have been advocating for the Nigerian government and supporting them to ensure that all assets stolen and kept abroad are brought back, but with the condition that these monies and assets are not re-looted. Last December, we had a foreign Asset Recovery Forum, which was organised by both United States and United Kingdom governments, and CISLAC was one of the organisations that were invited to that meeting. In that meeting, we […]

Interview with Salaudeen Hashim on the Recession in Nigeria

Salaudeen Hashim is a senior programme officer who is in charge of security, human rights, migration, agriculture and livelihoods at the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) based in Abuja.

CISLAC is a non-governmental, non-profit, advocacy, information sharing, research and capacity building organisation. Its purpose is to strengthen the link between civil society and the legislature through advocacy and capacity building for civil society groups and policy makers on legislative processes and governance issues.

In this encounter with LUBEM GENA, he spoke on how Nigeria got into the recession, how to get out of it, as well as made instructive comments about fundamental issues in the oil sector. Excerpts:


What is your centre’s view around the economic recession in the country?

Basically we think one needs to understand the trajectory that has led to this problem which is based on what happened in the past, what is happening now and the tendency […]

Only few legislators are worried about the level of looting and cost of governance in Nigeria – Rafsanjani

Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) is the Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Chairman, Steering Committee of Zero Corruption Coalition, and Acting General Secretary of the West African Civil Society forum (WACSOF). In this interview with Sahara TV, he discusses extensively on corruption in Nigeria with the difficulty of stemming the tide. Excerpts.

Reports have revealed recurring and unchecked corrupt allegations in the country. For instance, the Minister of Aviation, Stella Odua’s N255m bulletproof car scandal; Farouk Lawal’s fuel subsidy bribery scandal; Diepreye Alamieyeseigha’s state pardon after spending just two years in prison for money laundering in 2005 to 2007; James Ibori’s Jail term for money laundering in the UK; among others cases. Sir, in your view, why is the country faced with endemic corruption at all levels?

Thank you very much. We have been experiencing a very new and challenging environment that promotes, tolerates […]

INEC is not ready for 2015 General Election – Rafsanjani


Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa Rafsanjani, presently a delegate at the ongoing National Conference is the executive director at Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC). He told KAMAL TAYO OROPO that the readiness of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) for the February 2015 general elections is yet to be seen.

How ready does INEC appear to you in preparation for the 2015 general elections?

INEC has always assured Nigerians of its readiness only for the people to be disappointed and the commission will start apologising and offering all manner of after-thought excuses and telling the people over and over again that they are going to improve on things.

But from what we have seen in Anambra State and the voters’ register in Ekiti State, it shows that there is still a lot to be done in order to boost the confidence of Nigerians that the umpire is ready.

And secondly, we have […]

“Legislators’ defection not a cause for celebration” – Rafsanjani


Auwal Ibrahim Musa Rafsanjani, the Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC); the pioneer legislative civil society organisation in Nigeria, is a leading voice of the civil society in Nigeria. In this interview with ADAM ALQALI, he speaks about his passion for the protection of the rights of the common man; CISLAC’s efforts of strengthening the legislature in Nigeria, as well as the enormous challenges facing Nigeria today.

How was growing up like?

I was born, brought up and educated in Kano where I attended the Bayero University, Kano (BUK) and graduated with a Bsc in Political Science in 1994.  I have also attended several courses (in Europe and America) across areas like governance, transparency and accountability, conflict resolution as well as electoral reform.

During my days at BUK, I was a student leader – both at university and also at national level. I served as food director in my […]