👤 By Abdul Tukur
Elishama Rosemary Ideh has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption.
Dr Ideh, a presidential aspirant on the platform of Alliance for a New Nigeria, ANN, said the president who during the 2015 campaign election had promised to kill corruption, was using anti-graft agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, “as an attack dog to fight their opposition while shielding their friends from the consequences of corruption and other misdemeanors.”
DENISAURUS News, an online newspaper with priviledge information gotten from diligent staff members of the EFCC have published several reports on the corruption raging the Commission.
In one of the report, the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, was accused of leaking information to individuals which lead to Nigeria’s suspension from the Egmont Group.
The world financial body also said that under Mr Magu, who was recently promoted as Commissioner of Police, the EFCC lacked autonomy.
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Though Mr Magu’s nomination was rejected by the Senate due to an indicting report from the Department of State Security Service, DSS, he remains in office.
Critics say that Mr Magu, after failing to be confirmed, is being kept in place in order to fight opposition members in the 2019 elections.
They argued that the Borno officer, who was described as “perennial offender,” by the secret police, should never have appeared on a national Television channel spotting the re-election lapel badge of President Buhari.
In a statement where she declared her intention, Dr Ideh promised to “confront the monster of corruption with utmost vigour, but with a different mindset from past and current efforts.”
The ANN Presidential aspirant said: “We will fight corruption in all its tangible and intangible manifestations. We will strive to enhance the Independence and autonomy of the EFCC in terms of its funding, privileges, powers and even the composition of its leadership.
“Unlike our opposition, who seek to use the EFCC as an attack dog to fight their opposition while shielding their friends from the consequences of corruption and other misdemeanors, we are confident in giving the EFCC the latitude it needs to carry out its statutory mandate and to prosecute cases without bias or prejudice, simply because we have nothing to hide.”