- There have been raised eyebrows over the move by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in relation to Senate President Bukola Saraki
- A socio-political group, the Advocates for New Nigeria (TANN) has said that the EFCC's moves are outrageous
- However, replying TANN, the EFCC said that it should not be afraid if it has nothing to hide, claiming that it is not witch-hunting Saraki
The Advocates for New Nigeria (TANN), a socio-political group, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to warn the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) boss, Ibrahim Magu, to leave Senate President Bukola Saraki alone, The Sun reports.
TANN, in a statement by Abdulrahman Abdul-Aziz, its national president, said: “Magu’s obviously bitter chase after Saraki is worthy of concern for everyone, who can see the pattern and where it could lead the nation.
"An adage in Yoruba says when you chase after a man unsuccessfully, wisdom presupposes that you cease to chase after such a person and instead, retreat tactically for a review of strategy. Unfortunately, the EFCC is not guided by this age-old wisdom.”
Moreover, TANN frowned at the EFCC's searchlight beamed on Saraki’s salaries and benefits while he was governor of Kwara state.
The group said: “Is Saraki the only one who finished within that period? Why single out the man for no reason in the name of investigation?
“This is particularly curious when, indeed, there are governors, who just finished from office a few months ago, with a legion of petitions already in their trail.
"The EFCC chairman has descended fully into the arena and this is worrisome because a critical national institution is being subjected to personal use and victimisation of both perceived and real enemies.
“If Magu is bitter about his non-confirmation as EFCC chair by the Senate, he knows where to direct his negative energy to – the Department of State Services (DSS) – which wrote two different reports at two different times, asking the Senate not to confirm Magu.
“We are not surprised that in almost three years in that office, his is not a success story, but an era strewn with scandals, ineptitude, disappointments, crass inability to properly understand his brief and generally a disaster-in-waiting.”
However, in reaction the foregoing, the EFCC has decried TANN's stance, claiming that it is in no way witch hunting Saraki.
The commission said: “Don’t be afraid if you’ve nothing to hide. EFCC has taken note of the reactions of the Senate president to the commission’s inquiries regarding his earnings as Kwara state governor as well as on the quality of his financial stewardship in the Senate.
“While it is his prerogative to ventilate his views on the matter as he deems fit, the commission takes great exception at the desperate attempt to cast a slur on its investigative activities by portraying Saraki as a victim of persecution.
“Furthermore, the agency finds the attempt by the Senate president to tie our inquest to his International Human Rights Commission appointment and his approaching life out of power as misleading, knowing too well that the background to our current inquiries reaches several years back,” the commission said.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the EFCC is obligated by law to enthrone probity and accountability in the governance space and has supremely pursued this duty without ill-will or malice against anyone.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the EFCC had fired at Saraki, asking him not to fear its investigation if he had nothing to hide.
The EFCC’s statement is coming following a statement by Yusuph Olaniyonu who is the media aide of Saraki, where he claimed there was a witch-hunt against the Senate president.
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