Ganduje, Tinubu And EFCC
Nigeria News takes a look at the circumstances that will not make EFCC investigate Tinubu, Ganduje and others.
To the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, some Nigerians are treated as sacred cows until there are enough pieces of evidence to prosecute them.
However, there are some that easily become sacrificial lambs by mentioning their names on the pages of newspapers. The sacred political elites may include the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu whose source of wealth has never been questioned by any anti-graft agencies, except the Code of Conduct Bureau some years back.
He left the CCB as an innocent man and since then, he had never looked back in making money using the proceeds of politics to build Business Empire.
The Alpha Beta, a company owned by Tinubu has been the major tax collector for Lagos and has extended its business to some other southwest states, including Edo State.
Tinubu is rich no doubt. He made an open confession during his visit to the palace of Ataoja of Osogbo, His Royal Highness, Oba Iyiola Oyewale Matanmi III at the eve of the recent gubernatorial election in Osun that he is richer than the state.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his vice Atiku Abubakar, former Head of State Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, former President Goodluck Jonathan and many others fall into this category of the sacred cows.
They have acquired so much and owned so many assets, using the public funds but with little or no question about the source of their wealth from the anti-graft agencies.
A few times that these set of political elites had been interrogated were triggered by public opinions of EFCC’s lethargic approach to petitions brought against the politicians.
Despite that the commission has its own intelligence, most times, it waits for members of the public to file petitions against visibly corrupt individuals before it would act.
There is no doubt about it that the EFCC, ICPC and other anti-graft agencies work virtually for the government in power and treat the perceived enemies of such administration cruelly in the guise of fighting corruption.
If not, by now, the EFCC is supposed to have opened an investigation on the alleged bribery by the Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje whose video of bribery scandal went viral recently.
Yes, the governor has immunity to protect him from prosecution, there is nothing bad if the EFCC can begin an investigation into the alleged corrupt practice.
But EFCC will not just because the governor is an ally of President Muhammadu Buhari. The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu was asked at a news conference to mark his three years stewardship at the commission on why Tinubu and Ganduje had not been investigated, he quickly told the journalist to file a petition to substantiate his claim against Tinubu and Ganduje.
Invariably, the commission is not bothered by the Ganduje viral video or Tinubu’s open confession of his stupendous wealth. Until a member of the public files a petition that may never be treated, Tinubu, Ganduje, Obasanjo, Babangida and many others are saints.