Anti-Corruption War: Obasanjo, IBB, Tinubu, Amaechi should be arrested – Prof Asobie

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A former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Humphrey Asobie, on Thursday advised anti-cor­ruption agencies to go after for­mer presidents Olusegun Oba­sanjo, Ibrahim Babangida, APC Chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, among oth­ers, if they are serious about fighting corruption in Nigeria.
Mr. Asobie, who charged the agency to be holistic and go for the ‘big fishes’ in the fight against corruption, suggested the use of “shock therapy” and “Big Bang Strategy” in the fight against corruption, stressing that the most important per­sonalities should be taken in.
Asobie made the call while speaking at the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) 2016 roundtable discussion hosted by the United States Em­bassy in Abuja.
The discussion had the theme “Corruption: An Imped­iment to the Sustainable Devel­opment Goals”.
He said: “Pick OBJ, IBB, (Rotimi) Amaechi, (Bola) Tinubu, Abdulsalami (Abuba­kar) and Raji (Fashola). They will all think you are mad when you say it,” the professor of Po­litical Science at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said.
“Corruption is systemic in Nigeria; it’s not just a few cer­tain individuals. It also includes the anti-corruption agencies, they have a problem of corrup­tion.
“It has reached a stage where we are confused as to what is wrong and right, you start to wonder whether it has affected their intellect.
“After speaking at an event in 2013, the then Governor of Anambra State Mr. Peter Obi was provoked, he came to me and said, “I was one of your stu­dent but I’ve avoided you be­cause you are at the left and am on the right. All of us are cor­rupt,” Mr. Asobie said.
In his welcome remark, the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, David Young, said the U.S. gov­ernment is committed to work with Nigeria in fighting cor­ruption and recovering stolen funds.
Sam Saba, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, while speaking said that the major problem the Bureau is facing in the fight against cor­ruption is poor funding.
“The essential thing here is funding, we don’t receive allo­cation on time and when we do it comes in halves.
“Some countries receive budget of five years but since Obasanjo’s regime, we only re­ceive half and it’s a problem”, Mr. Saba said.
While speaking to jour­nalists, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, who was also at the event, urged the U.S., Swit­zerland and other foreign coun­tries who are in possession of stolen funds from Nigeria to re­lease them immediately.
“Nigeria has $458 mil­lion stashed away in the U.S., we have filed a suit in Jersey, where the money was kept but the U.S. government is claim­ing the money should be paid to them so as to help us man­age them.
“Similarly, we have $321 million in Switzerland. The Swiss government is say­ing they won’t release it un­less they are allowed to super­vise its use. Our government should be prepared to adapt an aggressive ruling to these corrupt foreign agencies. The press should join in this cam­paign. We should not beg for our money, we should fight for it,” Mr. Falana said.
The 2016 International An­ti-Corruption Day marks the 13th anniversary of the adop­tion of the United Nations Con­vention against Corruption.

– Authority

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