Corrupt Opposition Politicians Working To Destroy EFCC, Other National Agencies – Presidency

Corrupt Opposition Politicians Working To Destroy EFCC, Other National Agencies –  Presidency
November 12 20:01 2017 Print This Article

The Federal Government has raised the alarm over ploys by corrupt politicians undergoing investigations to discredit and destroy national institutions especially anti-corruption agencies including the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC).

The Presidency through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Shehu Garba was reacting to series of interviews granted by former Governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamidi who has consistently criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’sadministration.

Garba in response to the latest interview by Lamido over the war against corruption said Lamido’s outbursts “is a reflection of the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the opposition in the country”.

He said “ It is only in Nigeria that a leader will divert money belonging to the public into his children’s account then turns round to start pontificating on public morals, in the process subjecting the nation’s honest leadership to daily attacks based on falsehood.

“ It is even worse that such a person, facing criminal prosecution will start going round saying he wants to be president. Is this not one of the reasons why other countries are laughing at Nigeria? This is hooliganism. It is not opposition politics.

“ Time and again, President Buhari had lamented that strongmen had destroyed the country’s strong institutions and that it will take strong men to rebuild them. He deserves the support of everyone to rebuild such institutions because they serve a common good.”

Garba appealed to opposition politicians “to give President Buhari the support he needs to rebuild national institutions such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission” and not to stifle or destroy it.

Presidential Spokesman, however, challenged the presidential candidate “ to convince Nigerians that his trenchant attacks against the government and the judiciary were not a smokescreen to becloud the atmosphere of his criminal prosecution.

“ In his diatribe published in the Vanguard newspaper last week, it is clear that the former governor not only set out to mock the President but the judiciary and important national institutions as part of an orchestrated plot to divert public attention from his scam related cases.

“If President Buhari’s war against corruption as he said, was a mockery what does one say of Governor Lamido’s sworn efforts to to sabotage the country’s efforts to rid itself of the cancer of corruption?

“If accountability of public officials is the very essence of a mature democracy, it is indeed ironic that a politician seeking the leadership of the country making a mockery of institutions and leaders seeking to entrench that.

“As a country, Nigeria settled for President Buhari not just as President but the watchman of people’s wealth. The citizens are happy with that and the whole world is applauding. African Union, the AU just named him as the Champion of the war against corruption. Opposition politicians like Governor Lamido need to come to terms with the fact that their act needs updating.”

Lamido and his son are currently under trial by the EFCC over allegations of mismanaging state funds.

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