BY CHRIS OCHAYI
ABUJA- Remarks by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that the current regime in Nigeria lacked the will and consistency to fight corruption has continued to elicit reactions from Nigerians, with the National Chairman of Citizen Popular Party, CPP, Maxi Okwu, saying corruption had become worse in the last four years.
Similarly, National Chairman of Nigerian Peoples Congress, Prince Ngozi Emioma, said the present government had not done enough to fight corruption, just as National Publicity Secretary of CNPP, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, agreed that Obasanjo was right in his assessment.
But Deputy National Chairman of Alliance for Democracy, Rev. Okechukwu Obioha, argued that Obasanjo lacked the moral right to accuse the present government of not doing enough to fight corruption, adding that he didn’t fare better during his eight years’ tenure in office.
Okwu, while corroborating the former ruler’s remarks yesterday, however, regretted that the battle against corruption was lost since the last days of former president Obasanjo. He said: “We must give former President Obasanjo credit that he made attempt to fight corruption but along the line he derailed, when he began to use the anti-graft agencies for vendetta, and instrument of intimidating political opponents.
“But the issue of corruption has gone worse from the point where Obasanjo left it, under the regime of late President Umaru Yar’Adua and President Goodluck Jonathan. In fact, Goodluck Jonathan is not serious in waging war against corruption.
“The only way President Jonathan can tell the world, particularly, Nigerians that he is serious is to sack the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, Mrs. Farida Wazari. If he, Jonathan, is serious, he should send Waziri packing. The EFCC under Wazari is a joker.
“As I have said earlier, the EFCC started well under Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, but got lost when Ribadu began to obey the instruction of his master to use the agency to intimidate and harass perceived political enemies.”