- Former EFCC boss, Farida Waziri, said she was removed from office by ex-President Jonathan because of her probe against some oil racketeers
- Waziri said she went against the directive from the presidency not to touch the oil racketeers
- The ex-EFCC boss she became vulnerable in the office and the anti-corruption fight became ineffective after the death of Yar'Adua whom she first served before Jonathan
Farida Waziri, an ex-chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has opened up on the alleged reason why she was removed from office.
The former EFCC boss claimed that she was fired by Nigeria's former president, Goodluck Jonathan, for trying to arrest some oil racketeers.
The Nation reports that Farida said she had gotten a call from the presidency not to go after the oil racketeers but she refused to be compromised.
Legit.ng gathers that the ex-EFCC chairman made these revelations in her book titled Farida Waziri, One Step Ahead.
The former EFCC boss recalled how various principal members of the Jonathan government advised her to beg the former president when the plot to remove her was being hatched. She, however, refused to the advice, saying it was against her conscience.
Farida claimed she was also in the bad book of another Jonathan's principal officer because she did not contribute money for Jonathan’s elections in 2011.
She also alleged that she was offered another appointment as part of the plots to get her removed from the anti-graft commission.
According to her, the president of Nigeria who was more determined and committed to fighting corruption was the later ex-President Umaru Yar’Adua.
Farida said she became vulnerable and the anti-corruption fight became ineffective after the death of Yar'Adua.
Jonathan removed Waziri on November 23, 2011, after spending three and a half years in the office.
One of the reasons ex-President Jonathan lost his bid for second term in 2015 was his alleged unwillingness and lack of political will to effectively tackle corruption in the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the United States government has backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal commitment to fight against corruption.
The spokesperson of the US state department, Morgan Ortagus, also said the US will continue to back efforts by the Nigerian government to combat corruption at all levels.
Ortagus made the statement at the end of the signing of the agreement between the US government, the Bailiwick of Jersey, and the federal government for the return of more than $308 million stolen by late General Sani Abacha.
Meanwhile, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), a non-governmental organisation, has listed seven reasons why Nigeria keeps sliding back in the global Corruption Perception Index (CPI).
The CPI released globally by Transparency International on Thursday, January 23, revealed that Nigeria has further slipped down in the perception of corruption in 2019.
CISLAC noted that the Buhari administration has introduced some policies to curb corruption but they are not enough.
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