The Foundation for Human Rights And Anti-Corruption Crusade, FHRACC, has called on the Federal Government to disband the Prof. Itse Sagay-led Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption for allegedly giving the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. David Babachir Lawal, a clean health bill before his suspension.
Mr. Babachir and the Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA, Amb. Ayo Oke were recently suspended by the Presidency for their alleged involvement in the monies found at the Osborne Towers, Ikoyi Lagos State.
In a statement, FHRACC, National President, Alaowei Ebikonbowei, Esq. claimed that Prof. Itse Sagay’s led committee is singing sycophantic songs around the government, pointing out that it has not given any reasonable advice to the Presidency since its inauguration.
“We have not seen any good advice they have ever given to the President other than to sing sycophantic song around the Government. Is it not ironical for Sagay to give the SGF a clean bill of health, while the Presidency in its resolve to stamp out corruption from our body polity suspended the man? For Sagay, none of the Buhari’s appointees is corrupt no matter the weight of allegation against them. It is a sheer waste of our scarce resources for the Government to keep some people in pay role for political patronage.”
FHRACC stated that for the President to Subject a matter that is being handled by the EFCC to a different panel is usurping the functions of the anti-graft Agency, apparently to save some supposed culprits who may be falling prey to the anti-graft’s marauding hook.
While noting that the action of the President in suspending the duo was commendable, FHRACC stated that the suspension came rather too late as many issues surrounding the EFCC’s recovery spree are still begging for his attention.
FHRACC opined that the President, “is to cut short the long arm of the law from piercing further into the hearts of some untouchable haloes in his Government.”
It suggested that the Presidency should have done more than appointing a compromised persons to give a prepared verdict of the victims’ innocence, especially the case involving the SGF and the NIA Director.
“There is more to it than meets the ordinary eyes. The Government is deliberately dusting the political weather with this warped and convoluted rhetorics in order to bury the more pressing issues associated with the invisible owner of the foreign and local currencies found in the Osborne Tower in Ikoyi, Lagos.”
FHRACC who gave a critical assessment of the Government’s body language said,” it appears to us that the Presidency for reasons best known to it, is not interested in knowing the real owner of Plot 7B of the Osborne Tower where the money was alleged to have been found.”
“The media witch hunt that followed the embarrassing news where the EFCC is pointing accusing fingers at every tom, dick and harry without taking steps to investigate same is another satirical play authored by the Government to divert attention. The whole scenario has played out the Government’s plans who only intends to use the NIA boss as the scapegoat in order to stage manage the mystery behind the whole drama.”