A group under the auspices of Nigerians United for Progressive Change yesterday in Abuja called on the National Assembly to prevail on the Federal Government to stop what it described as “shoddy and ill-motivated” anti-corruption fight.
During the protest at the National Assembly, the group expressed dismay over the lopsided anti-corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari and demanded that the war against corruption must be holistic.
According to them, the Buhari’s anti-graft war is shielding some suspected corrupt persons because of their affinity to the presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Submitting a letter addressed to the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, the National Convener of the group, Comrade Solomon Adodo said, while the group was not against the anti-graft war of the present administration, but maintained that it should be whole and total, and should not be riddled with sacred witch-hunt.
According to him, “as a progressive minded and deeply concerned Nigerians, we are dismayed, disenchanted and utterly worried about the negative twist the anti-corruption war of this administration has taken.
“More worrisome and exerting is the fact that the government has used the politically motivated crusade as a ruse and smokescreen to distract Nigerians from the grinding pains exerted on our collective psyche by the rapidly dwindling and ailing economy under this administration.”
Adodo noted that it was evident that the economy is crippling on wobbly spindly feet with so much hardships, hunger and sufferings; stressing that rather, the federal government has chosen to be preoccupied with blaming the past administration instead of generating soultions as promised during the campaign for change.
“The fight against corruption has become highly sensational, jaundiced, and thoroughly compromised due to overbearing political undertones and motives. At best the fight against corruption can aptly be described as political witch-hunt and desperate attempt to muffle the voice of the opposition political parties and any voice of dissent and constructive criticism,” Adodo stated.
The group stated categorically that, “the Prof. Itse Sagay Committee is alien to our law in the manner it operates, as it cannot usurp the constitutionally spekt out roles of the anti-graft agencies and the judiciary.”
“The EFCC in consonance with its establishing Act is expected to be fair, shrewd, balance and highly professional in investigating corruption, it has rather been converted to a tool for hunting down opposition…”
“We call on the National Assembly to rise up to correct the executive from futher progressing in error on the shoddy and ill-motivated anti-corruption fight,” Adodo noted.
The protesters armed with various placards with inscription which include, “Stop selective witch-hunt: focus on the economy, EFCC, Stop being political and unprofessional, Save our economy, Nigerians demand, Anti-Corruprion war is a deceptive smokescreen, Prof. Sagay commit: A paid piper,” among others.
Receiving the letter on behalf of the National Assembly, Mr. Dennis Maji from the Office of the Sergent-at-arms, commended the protesters for organising themselves in an orderly manner, while assuring them that the letter would be delivered to the appropriate quarters.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that support for the Buhari’s anti-graft war has been waning within and outside the country in the past few months because of perception in some quarters that it was targeted at select individuals.

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