Transparency International (TI) has cautioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to take seriously, the petition submitted against the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Auwal Musa, the Head of the anti-corruption group in Nigeria, told Punch that the anti-graft must show Nigerians that it is not nepotistic in its war against corruption.
According to Musa, since the EFCC arrested people for vote buying during elections, it must also deal with Tinubu’s bullion vans case which happened at the eve of the 2019 election seriously.
Deji Adeyanju, one of the conveners of the Concerned Nigerians group alongside his colleagues had submitted a petition against Tinubu at the EFCC.
The APC National Leader had admitted to having 2 bullion vans at his premises on 22 February, 2019, the eve of the Presidential Election.
“We think that the fight against corruption must be seen to be real and whoever is involved in any act, no matter how powerful, the law must take its course. That is the only way that citizens can continue to have confidence in the anti-graft agency.
“For me, this petition should be taken seriously and the EFCC should not waste time before working on it because similar things happened during the elections where some politicians were arrested with money.
“In this case, nothing has happened to the man (apparently referring to Tinubu) and citizens are calling for action so that there will be no impunity in the system. I think it will be in the interest of the anti-corruption agencies to be proactive and take action that will make citizens have confidence in the anti-corruption war.”
Nigerians have raised alarm over the way the EFCC was handling Tinubu’s petition, saying that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s son-in-law who they never received a petition against was arrested and prosecuted for similar crime.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.