Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s former President has rejected report that the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was concealed under his regime, saying former anti-graft boss, Farida Waziri was hired to attack him.
Mrs. Farida had on Sunday made a statement accusing Jonathan’s government of interfering with investigation of suspected corrupt officials, adding that President had fired her in 2011 when she refused to back down on a high profile corrupt case involving fuel subsidy scam.
Reacting to the accusation, Jonathan on Wednesday challenged Mrs. Farida Waziri to finger the particular person or company she was investigating that earned her sacking.
”If Farida is not telling lies she should mention the person or company she was investigating and she was stopped, let the @officialEFCC investigate. Crime has no statute bar. If she can’t then she was simply hired to attack me,” the former president said.
In the statement signed by Mr. Femi Babafemi on her behalf, Farida was quoted as saying had she not been sacked she would have been traumatised by the revelation of the alleged grand sleaze that took place under Jonathan’s watch.
Waziri stated, “I’m only glad that those things didn’t happen under my watch as the EFCC chairman because it would have been too traumatic for me. And that is why if I see President Jonathan today, I will kneel down to thank him for the honour done me by removing me as the EFCC chairman at the time he did.
“My first strong premonition of what was ahead was when I began the probe of the monumental oil subsidy fraud going on then.
“I came to Lagos on a vital intelligence on the subsidy scam and as soon as I arrested a key culprit, I got a call from the Presidential Villa asking me to release the suspect, because, in their words, ‘he is our person,’ but I refused to let him off and days after, I was removed from office.”