Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration as a government of double-standard, accusing the President of “treating corruption involving his men as a family affair.”
Fayose’s allegations were contained in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
Wondering why the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is reluctant to go after those close to the President but always quick to prosecute those opposing Buhari, Fayose said:
“When miscreants write petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against perceived opponents of President Buhari, the EFCC will act immediately, but when known Nigerians, including members of Buhari’s government, raise allegations of corruption against close allies of the President, the EFCC will look the other way.
“As posited by APC Senator, Shehu Sani, we are in a situation where perfume is being sprayed on corruption when it affects Buhari’s men while insecticide is being sprayed on corruption when it involves perceived political opponents of the President.
“When allegations of corruption are made against Buhari’s men, the EFCC acts like a pet dog, but when it is against those whose faces the President does not like, the anti-graft agency acts like a lion. No nation can achieve greatness with such a partial leadership.
“While Nigerians are still asking questions as to what has happened to the report of the committee that investigated the $43 million discovered in an apartment at Osbourne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, allegation of $25 billion was made by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, and as usual, the allegation like others before it, is being treated as family affairs.
“Before now, the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu was indicted of corruption by the Department of State Service (DSS) and all that was done by President Buhari was to ask the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to investigate the DSS report. Up till today, nothing has been heard about it and Magu, despite his rejection by the Senate, is still acting as the EFCC chairman.
“Up till today, Nigerians are yet to be told the owner of the Legico Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos inside which the EFCC claimed that it found N448.8 million cash.
“Despite the presence of CCTV cameras, we have not been told the identities of those who brought the five sacks in which the EFCC claimed that it found N49 million cash at the Kaduna Airport.
“As far as I am concerned, President Buhari is not fighting any corruption. He is fighting his political foes and God is not a God of double-standard. This Buhari’s government is a government of double-standard.”
Meanwhile, Fayose has declared a “victory” parade following the EFCC’s release of two senior officials of the state government on Wednesday.
A few weeks ago, the EFCC had arrested the state Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo, and the Accountant General, Yemisi Owolabi, on allegations of misappropriation of bailout funds made available to the state.
To mark their release from EFCC custody, the governor also declared Thursday, Oct. 12, a half work day for civil servants in the state. According to Fayose, the release of the officials was “another victory over the EFCC and its APC collaborators.”
In a statement by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, on Wednesday, Oct. 11, the governor said the half-working day for the civil servants was declared to give the released state executives a heroic welcome. It reads:
“Today, God gave Ekiti State and its people another victory over the EFCC and its APC collaborators as the State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo and Accountant General, Mrs Yemisi Owolabi were released after spending 14 days in EFCC detention for doing nothing.
“In celebration of this victory over agents of tyranny, all public servants in Ekiti State are enjoined to converge on Fajuyi, Ado Ekiti by 10 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, October 12, 2017 to welcome the Commissioner for Finance and the Accountant General back to the State.
“Consequently, Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has directed that public servants in Ekiti State should work for half day tomorrow so as to enable them to join the governor to give heroic welcome to the Commissioner for Finance and Accountant General.
“Governor Fayose will be at Fajuyi, Ado Ekiti at 10 am. All lovers of justice should join the governor to welcome our commissioner for Finance and Accountant General back to the State.”