The President of the Forum for Good Governance and Probity, Mr Jacob Ogunseye has urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to rise to the task of governance and impose on the leadership of the Economic And Financial Crime Commission and its chairman to avoid actions that will make the anti-graft agencies become political tools.
Ogunseye made this known over the weekend during a speech at the inaugural meeting of a new United Kingdom-based political group, The Nigeria Pendulum. Ogunseye said that recent actions of the EFCC under Mr Ibrahim Magu are unbecoming and absolutely unwelcomed.
“The recent actions of EFCC are absolutely unacceptable, as it is today, it doesn’t appear the body is fighting corruption but just pursuing some individuals in the country the agency perceived as the enemy of the government.”
According to him, the recent arrest of Ekiti state commissioner and the Accountant General of the state is not acceptable. He said though he is not a fan of Gov. Ayo Fayose but arresting his principal staffs on the day he was declaring his intention to contest against President Buhari send wrong signals to the world.
“Arresting of Gov. Fayose’s commissioner and the accountant general on such his big day is basically unacceptable, and it has made the agency unpopular since its behaviour is not better than an appendage of the ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC).
“It is very apparent that the arrest of the EKITI OFFICIALS is a right step in the wrong direction. Only an unintelligent Anti-graft Czar would do such on a day like that, If not to bring disrepute and embarrassment to the ruling party and the government
President Muhammadu Buhari should consider replacing Magu since his strategy has brought ridicules on this administration more than others.
“The manner of the operations of Ibrahim Magu’s led EFCC lacks tactics, his steps in pursuing cases are also not in order, and no wonder the agency has lost more cases in recent times.
President Buhari should ensure that the highly revered agency occupy its position as non-political governmental commission to enable it to perform its function of bringing corrupt individuals to book and consider replacing Mr Magu to ensure its credibility, Ogunseye added.