The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted the Federal Government anti-corruption fight and described as a ruse to deceive Nigerians, saying only proper prosecution of suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, would FG be seen as walking the talk.
It said the call had become imperative following allegations of diversion of recovered funds and fraudulent sale of assets seized by the EFCC among other sleazes, as detailed in the memo by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, as well as the report of the Department of State Services (DSS), on Magu’s activities.
The PDP spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, explained that the anti-graft agency boss indictment reinforces the party position that the much-hyped war against corruption by the EFCC, under his watch, has been a huge scam by corrupt individuals to cover the plundering of public resources, harass political opponents, intimidate and extort money from innocent Nigerians.
Ologbondiyan, through a statement released to newsmen, said the indictment and continuous grilling of Magu by the Presidential panel further exposed the racket that the fight against corruption had become under the All Progressives Congress (APC) government.
The leading opposition party said that worrying development has also exposed why corruption has worsened under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, as documented by credible international organization, including Transparency International (TI).
“It is a big embarrassment to our nation, that the head of the anti-corruption agency in an administration led by the African Union, AU, anti-corruption champion and which prides itself on zero tolerance for corruption, is being dragged in allegation of looting recovered fund and other barefaced frauds.
“Now that the racket has been exposed, the onus lies on President Muhammadu Buhari to clean his Augean stable by not sweeping the matter under the carpet or seeking to provide a soft landing for the indicted EFCC boss and shield him from prosecution.
“What Nigerians expect at this moment is for President Buhari to enforce the law by directing relevant agencies to commence actions that would lead to Magu’s prosecution in the court. Anything short of this will not be acceptable to Nigerians,” the statement read.