By Innocent Anaba
OWERRIâ€”Igbo Leadership Forum, ILF, has called on the Mrs Farida Waziri led Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to leave Chief Herbert Chikwe, husband of former Aviation Minister and Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland and Iceland, Dr Kema Chikwe, alone.
ILF leader, Dr Eustace Ejikeme in a statement in Lagos, said â€œwhat does the EFCC want with Chief Chikwe. This a question theÂ commission should answer urgently, especially after insinuations in the media by EFCC spokesman, Mr. Femi Babafemi, that the recent attack by suspected gunmen on EFCC operatives in Imo State could be the consequence of prosecuting Chief Chikwe by the commission.
â€œWhat is the interest of the Waziri-led commission in linking Chief Chikweâ€™s case to the attack?Â Is it political because of Chief Chikweâ€™s wife or for other motives beyond our comprehension?Â One hopes that the commission is not exploiting every situation to embarrass Ambassador Kema Chikwe.
â€œConsidering the recent claims by EFCC that politicians want to destabilize it before the next general elections, the statement by Babafemi becomes suspect, indiscreet and presumptuous even though Chief Chikwe is not a politicianâ€.
According to the group, â€œChief Chikwe remains a gentleman and community leader known for his progressive dispositions and discipline. Babafemiâ€™s statement is therefore a failed attempt to dramatize the sentimental nuance of concocted fallacies and fantasies.
â€œThere is no doubt that Babafemi played to the gallery and appeared so desperate to earn the commission of his pay masters by his hideous statements. His unguarded utterances also calls to question, the mounting doubts that trail media men hired these days for such image-laundering vocationsâ€, the group said.