The leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, Chief Edwin Clark, has criticized the way the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Commission(ICPC) are going about the anti-corruption fight. Clark said that although President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption was genuine, the fight would only succeed if it was not selective. Clark disclosed this during a news conference on Tuesday at his Kiagbodo country house in Burutu Local Government Area where he read an open letter addressed to the Attorney General of the Federal and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN).
While making references to the recent re-arraignment of a former Governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu; and a former Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Rasheed Ladoja, by the EFCC — after their cases were abandoned for over nine years, Clark said such an action smacked of selectivity. In his words, “While Nigerians appreciate this, it must be observed that the activities of some of the anti-graft agencies may seriously affect Mr. President’s fight against corruption. All patriotic Nigerians are very supportive of President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade.
“He (Buhari) has done well in his fight against corruption, and we all commend him for that. But for this fight to succeed, there should not be sacred cows. Therefore, those heading the anti-graft agencies must be seen to be above board in the discharge of their duties. A situation whereby cases on corruption have been abandoned in the courts for years is unimaginable. Now that they want to reopen them, only a very few of them seem to be selected for re-arraignment. This negates the principle of impartiality. The war against corruption should be total.”