About CACOLCentre for Anti Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) is up till December 28, 2016 known as Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders. It is an aggregate of human rights, community based, and civil society organisations with anti-corruption agenda across Nigeria. It is a non-political, non-religious, non-sectarian, non-profit Coalition. CACOL sets for itself the tasks of promoting openness in governance and using any available means to cause relevant authorities to probe and bring to book all corrupt leaders both in public and private institutions. The decision to embark on the journey was taken in view of the need to confront, once and for all the monster that is ravaging all facets of our national life in Nigeria – Corruption. We decided to do this on behalf of millions of hapless Nigerians who have by a choice that is not theirs, fallen or are potential victims of corrupt leaders. This monster torments ordinary people of Nigeria in all areas of their endeavour. We have to confront it with a view to defeating it because it has to be done, not by ghosts or citizens of other nations but by Nigerians who have pride in themselves to be full-blooded Nigerians. Our promotion and pursuance of ‘open leadership’ is hinged on our belief that it will facilitate transparency and accountability in governance while also plugging the holes of corruption.
Rationale: Causes of all socio-economic and political problems plaguing Nigeria today have been traced to endemic corruption by and among leadership of various socio-political institutions in Nigeria and their collaborators elsewhere. Corruption as evidenced in all dishonest behaviours like stealing, oppression, favoritism, nepotism, lying, embezzlement, misappropriation, bribery, cheating, fraud etc has made an average Nigerian poorer while an average leader unjustifiably wealthier than the capacity of their legitimate earnings.
Access to all basic necessities – food, water, health care, road, education etc not to talk of good things of life – housing, power, energy, transportation etc are elusive to an average Nigerian. Living in Nigeria has become a nightmare owing to lack of security to lives and property occasioned by the large army of unemployed youths that turn to crimes for want of what to eat.
Ideology: Equitable distribution of work and wealth. From each according to his ability; to each according to his needs. It is our belief that the state owes it a duty to provide jobs for all able bodied. Nigerians never ask for too much than to eat and have a place to lay their heads with minimum convenience. But where the state fails to perform this aspect of its responsibility it must provide social security for the unemployed and the aged. This will make our country convenient safe and secure for everyone to live in.
Principle: A rotten head cannot protect its body. A cancerous tail threatens the head. The fight against corruption is a hydra headed one that cannot be confronted from all fronts at the same time. It can only, like learning proceed from known to unknown. The great is what is known while the little is relatively unknown owing to their level of spread and impact.
Hence our fight shall take the principle of `one step at a time’ starting from the presidency to the councillorship; from Chief Executive Officers to cleaners, in both public and private settings.
Motto: Name, Nail, Shame and Shun Corrupt Leaders Anywhere, Everywhere
Vision: A Nigeria without corruption both in public and private sectors of the economy.
Mission: To deploy any legal and civilized means available to it to cause relevant authorities to probe and try all corrupt leaders both in public and private institutions.
- To enlighten the Society on the virtues of living modest and corruption-free lives
- To organize Public Enlightenment Programmes at regular intervals on the need to be good leaders
- To liaise and partner with relevant government bodies in carrying out best practices on unanswered questions bothering on corruption
- To enlighten the people on the need to see leadership as service to the society
Membership: CACOL membership is open to all organisations and individuals that complete a membership form, subscribe to its objectives and meet the Coalition’s financial requirements. An individual/group intending to join CACOL is expected to pick up his/their membership form at the National Secretariat at a rate. The individual/affiliate attaches his/the contact person’s (in case of a group) passport photograph to the form.
Public Enlightenment Programmes: On Public interest issues e.g Human Rights, Privileges and Obligations etc.
Advocacy: On corruption-related public issues and on behalf of victims of corruption or persecution
Petitions: petitions against suspected and proven corrupt leaders to relevant state agencies to take all appropriate actions under the laws of the land to prosecute them;
Mass letter writing: would be encouraged among Nigerians to pressure public and private institutions, as well as relevant individuals to take specific actions against known corrupt leaders;
Processions: would be held at regular intervals, especially when submitting petitions and their follow-up activities;
Research: would be carried out on unanswered questions bothering on corruption to establish theoretical bases for activities and advice relevant authorities appropriately on ways and means of tackling the monster called corruption;
Study: would be carried out on best practices, workability of intended actions and effectiveness of action taken on the subject matter;
Investigations: independent investigations and fact-sourcing on reported cases of corruption with a view to assisting anti-corruption agencies and the anti-corruption drive generally to achieve convictions to deter potential corrupt leaders from sharp practices;
Target Partners: CACOL relates with statutory institutions with a view to encouraging them to perform their statutory functions only on the basis of they being necessary for the realization of CACOL’s objectives but not on the bases of their constituents. Some of the institutions are:
- The Police
- Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
- Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC)
- Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB)
- Public Complaints Commission
- The Judiciary
- The Media
- Professional Bodies
- Labour Movements
- Houses of Assembly
- The National Assembly
- The Executive Governors of States
- Community Based Organisations
- Faith-based Institutions and Organisations
- Non-governmental Organisations
- Donor Agencies
- Foreign Missions
- International Development Partners
- The Nigerian Public
Finance: All affiliates or individual participants finance every programme they participate in. External funding would however be sought for major projects. The secretariat keeps records of its financial receipts, expenditures and bank transactions.
- Annual General Convention (AGC)
- The Board of Trustees
- The Secretariat
- State Chapter Executives
- Local Branch Executives
- Community Unit Executives
- Standing Committees
Community Units in a Local Government Area constitute the Local Branch while Branches in a state constitute the State Chapter.