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‘Why Ribadu can’t head EFCC again’

Posted by By SUSA NWANGANGA AGWU on 2008/06/09 | Views: 1386 |

‘Why Ribadu can’t head EFCC again’


Pro democracy Activists under the aegis of Coalition for Democracy and Rule of Law, (CODERL), the Youth Vigil for Democracy, (YVD) and PRONACO Action Groups have raised alarm over what they called “the sinister and desperate schemes to reinstall the discredited regime of Obasanjo hatchet men at the EFCC.”

Pro democracy Activists under the aegis of Coalition for Democracy and Rule of Law, (CODERL), the Youth Vigil for Democracy, (YVD) and PRONACO Action Groups have raised alarm over what they called “the sinister and desperate schemes to reinstall the discredited regime of Obasanjo hatchet men at the EFCC.”

The groups in a joint statement on Tuesday alleged that the renewed effort is currently being championed by some members of the dislodged cartel at EFCC, who are desperate to have Ribadu return as chairman of the commission at all cost so as not to lose their juicy patronage.

Speaking on behalf of the civil society platforms, Alhaji Shettima Yerima in Lagos the leader of PRONACO Action Groups said: “We have uncovered the renewed dastardly schemes of these desperadoes operating in the media under the garb of anti corruption activism and we are determined to resist their schemes and propaganda to the last. ”

They said the cartel of anti corruption activists bungled their goodwill, the moment their benefactor allowed the EFCC to be used for advancing the third term plot of General Obasanjo and that no amount of sponsored media propaganda of Ribadu’s so called popularity and volte face can redeem their stewardship at the EFCC.

“We are no kids in this business anymore. We are aware of all the deals and plots to control the EFCC at all cost by this clique using flimsy procedural points to blackmail the emergence of a new order at the EFCC but they cannot eat their cake and have it. So the game is up for them,” Yerima declared
In a related development the spokesperson of PRONACO, Mr Wale Okunniyi has said that the whole talk about the Ribadu still being chairman of EFCC by the Chairman of the Campaign for Democracy, (CD) Mrs Joe Odumakin is preposterous and infantile. He said he is perturbed that having messed up the anti- graft crusade, marauders can still be employed to shamelessly discredit the confirmation of the appointment of a more qualified replacement.

“What the war against graft needs is a fresh and competent leadership at the EFCC not the discredited gestapo bullies of the elongation plot. We don’t have to know Waziri to say the truth, we have been on this same critique of the EFCC since 2006 when it became clear that the EFCC was merely beating enemies of Obasanjo’s hidden plot into line. Our various statements in the media since 2006 are clear testimonies of this fact.

We are also aware that Obasanjo surreptitiously instigated the romance between some activists and the leadership of the EFCC to clip any negative activism against the EFCC third term operations unknown to most hoodwink consultants of the EFCC. So nobody can accuse us of being deployed to engage the EFCC, ” Okunniyi reiterated.

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Fay(Katy, Texas, US)says...

Actually translates to bravehearted.