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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should spread out their searchlight in war against graft

I have nothing against the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu. I believe that God sent this man to Nigeria to fulfill a purpose, and believe the EFCC is doing great job for this country. I do applause them in great ways. But my major concern against them, is the non-mentioning or disclosures of defaulters identities, especially when some selected government functionaries defaults, which basically circles around finance.

On 11 July, 2006, Chairman of the EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu spoke in Abuja at one-day national summit organized by the NLC at Sheraton Hotels, Abuja. Chairman of the EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu has accused some south-south state governors campaigning for the nationís presidency of using stateís allocations to pursue their personal political aspiration; this is on This Day newspaper page 1. The EFCC chairman was talking about some governors using the allocations meant for the states to pursue their selfish political agenda. Who are those governors?

The EFCC chairman stated that all the south-south governors are corrupt which includes Odili, a political loyalist to Mr.. president. It includes Odili because he is one of the south-south governors. Nuhu Rabadu further stated that in the Niger Delta region people are reacting because they have been neglected despite the fact that their states have been receiving huge allocations from federation account. He made it known that EFCC has it on record that every local government chairman in the Niger Delta region is operating fat bank account of atleast #200,000,000.00 and same goes for the governors and yet people are impoverished.

Recently on the pages of different news papers, all we read about is Atiku this, Atiku that. The relationship between Atiku and his boss became fractured when Atiku alarmed the Nigerians about the failed third term agenda to elongate the tenor of President Obasanjo. Since then all is Atiku this, Atiku that. It seems to me that the government is using EFCC to rubbish the person and caliber of Atiku, the Adamawa born business mogul. If Atikuís home in the United State is not raided, his bank account is invaded. I am not saying that Atiku Abubakar is a sin free man, No! But EFCC chairman and its commission should spread out their searchlight in fighting corruption in Nigeria, not to go after those politicians that have disagreements with Obsanjoís political views. Politics is about disagreement.

I donít think that anyone with his or her right mind will support the former governor of Beyelsa state, Chief Alamieyeseigha who was impeached because of money laundry. Alamieyeseigha laundered our money, stashed our money abroad, stole public fund, and embezzled money that was meant for the development of the state to his personal account. Governor Dariye of Plateau state has the same problem as Alamieyeseigha. Dariye jumped bail and returned to Nigeria. Orji Uzo kalu of Abia state has been many times battling with EFCC. If well juxtaposed, it seems to me that EFCC is attacking some politicians that do not agree with Obasanjo.

Nuhu Ribadu, you said many times that all south-south governors are using stateís allocations to achieve their selfish political ambition. Who are these Niger Delta state governors campaigning for the nationís presidency? Alamieyeseigha is not there anymore, Delta state governor, Chief James Ibori, Edo state governor, Chief Lucky Igbinodon, and Beyelsa state governor, Chief Goodluck Jonathan are not campaigning for any presidential election. The south-south governors campaigning for the nationís presidency are Governor Peter Odili of Rivers state and Governor Donald Duke of Cross River state. Ribadu, spread out your searchlight and expose those south-south governors who are corrupt, that are campaigning with state fund, because there are many Niger Delta state governors out there, who are wearing the same jersey as Alamieyeseigha.

Isaac Moses , August 3rd, 2006
Chicago, U.S.A


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