Posted By: Odunayo Ogunmola, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of partiality in his administration’s anti-corruption crusade.
The governor accused the President of unleashing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on his political opponents and looking the other way when his allies are accused of corruption.
He described the Buhari administration as “the most corrupt in the history of Nigeria”.
Fayose said the President treated corruption involving his men as a “family affair”.
In a statement yesterday by his Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor described the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu’s allegation on the award of $25 billion contracts without due process against the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, as “messy and an embarrassment to the country”.
Fayose said: “When miscreants write petitions to the EFCC against perceived opponents of President Buhari, EFCC will act immediately. But when known Nigerians, including members of Buhari’s government, raise allegation of corruption against close allies of the President, the EFCC will look the other way.
“As posited by All Progressives Congress (APC) senator, Shehu Sani, we are in a situation where perfume is being sprayed on corruption when it affects Buhari’s men while insecticide is being sprayed on corruption when it involves perceived political opponents of the President.
“When an allegation of corruption is made against Buhari’s men, EFCC acts like a pet dog. But when it is against those whose faces the President does not like, the anti-graft agency acts like a lion.
“No nation can achieve greatness with such a partial leadership.”
He added: “While Nigerians are still asking questions about what happened to the report of the committee that investigated the $43 million discovered in an apartment at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos, an allegation of $25 billion was made by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu; and as usual, the allegation, as others before it, is being treated as a family affair.
“Before now, the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, was indicted of corruption by the Department of State Services (DSS) and all that was done by President Buhari was to ask the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to investigate the DSS report. Till today, nothing has been heard about it and Magu, despite his rejection by the Senate, is still acting as the EFCC chairman.
“Today, Nigerians are yet to be told the owner of the Legico Shopping Plaza on Ahmadu Bello Way on Victoria Island in Lagos, inside which the EFCC claimed that it found N448.8 million cash.