CNPP Urges EFCC, ICPC to Probe Obasanjo

By Christopher Isiguzo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) Sunday urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), to immediately investigate and if found guilty, prosecute former President Olusegun Obasanjo over what it described as monumental corruption during his eight-year tenure.

The CNPP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu, anchored its call for the probe of the Obasanjo administration on the revelation by the Senate Committee on Public Accounts that about N1.04 trillion was misappropriated from special accounts by various administrations between 2002 and June 2012.

The accounts are the Development of Natural Resources Account, Derivation and Ecology Account as well as Stabilisation Account.

It said: “CNPP is of the candid view that the Natural Resource Fund was the foundation of the unprecedented corruption which generated unintended fault lines of militants in the Niger Delta, Boko Haram insurgency and kidnapping.

“The slush fund was no doubt created with the predetermined objective to enrich Chief Obasanjo and cohorts; otherwise where is the N750 million Abuja Downtown Mall, N20.2 billion loan among other missing funds?”

Okechukwu, in the statement, further recalled that the CNPP earlier in 2007 had petitioned the EFCC questioning the “pervasive and monumental corruption that took place under Chief Obasanjo's watch.”

He, therefore, said following Obasanjo's open challenge to the anti-graft commissions to probe his administration, it would be unthinkable if the bodies decide to keep quiet while the former president continued his “bravado.”

“Now that Chief Obasanjo had openly challenged the anti-graft agencies and the President Goodluck Jonathan administration to probe his administration; Nigerians expect the EFCC and ICPC to execute their mandate,” the CNPP said, adding that his probe would serve as a lesson for future leaders.

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