Where is the EFCC?
SIR: Since the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari launched its much-expected war against corruption, it has been attended by voices of blackmail and calumny, of selectiveness, witch-hunt, persecution, etc. from certain quarters. It is not unexpected. If there is one area of life that consistently meets with resistance in human affairs, it’s called change and despite the resistance, it’s the only permanent thing in life. Change can be for good or bad; depending on which side of the divide one stands, more so, if you are at the receiving end.
It is this desire for change for public good in our political, economic and social life that makes it imperative for the citizens to complementing the government’s efforts for a better society. While one appreciates the efforts made so far by the EFCC in the anti-corruption war with focus on the Dasukigate scandal in the diversion and sharing of security funds meant for prosecuting the war against terrorism but, one must bring to the attention of the anti-corruption agencies, some other areas requiring urgent attention.
Thus, one is hereby calling on the anti-corruption agency to unravel what happened to over 69 brand new Toyota Prado SUVs allegedly given to a spokesperson of a socio cultural group for distribution to a certain group of individuals for their support for the political ambition of the former president, Goodluck Jonathan, before the conduct of the 2015 General Elections by the Presidency, of which, we suspect that the vehicles were diverted and sold to a car dealer in Victoria Island, Lagos state.
One is demanding that the EFCC investigates and determines the following:
1. How many Prado SUVs were given to this spokesperson by the Presidency prior to the 2015 general elections?
2. The money to purchase these vehicles, was it appropriated for?
3. Determine where this money was sourced from if not appropriated?
4. Determine the persons behind this assault on public trust?
5. How many of these vehicles were delivered to the beneficiaries by the socio cultural organization spokesperson as directed by the Presidency?
6. How many were allegedly diverted to a car dealer’s showroom in Victoria Island, Lagos?
The citizen’s role in complementing government programmes is very critical to societal stability, peace and sustenance, hence if we are to win this war against corruption, then all hands must be on deck. It is expected that the anti-corruption agency will move fast to investigate this clear case of corruption in order to engender public confidence in winning the war against this social malaise.
EFCC, over to you.
• Nelson Ekujumi,