Fayose writes Osinbajo, demands release of report on alleged corruption by SGF, NIA DG

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The Ekiti State Governor and Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors Forum, Ayodele Fayose, has written to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, demanding the immediate release of the report of the investigative panel on corruption allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, David Babachir Lawal and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ayo Oke.

In the letter dated July 11 and received at the Acting President’s office on July 13, 2017, the governor also demanded that Mr. Osinbajo must “act expeditiously on the report”, threatening to approach the law court to compel the acting president to release and act on the report if he fails to do so.

The Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said in a statement issued on Sunday that Mr. Fayose told the acting president “never to harbour the view that the matter can be swept under the carpet,” saying the government’s war against corruption lacked credibility and had, thus floundered because of the government perceived penchant for sweeping allegations of corruption against top functionaries of the federal government and members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

“I dare to say that this is one of the reasons the so-called war against corruption has not attracted public support. It lacks credibility and has, thus floundered. It is also the reason your administration has lost case after case in the court of law, even though administration officials have tried to cover government’s
Achilles heel as well as their own howling incompetence under the pretence of corruption fighting back,” the governor said.

The letter read: “Let me begin by appreciating Your Excellency’s yeoman efforts directed at quelling fires all over the country and stabilising the polity. Daunting as this task might seem, especially as agent provocateurs for selfish and diabolical interests continue to stoke the fire and fan the embers of discord and disunity rather than queue behind you, assist your noble efforts, and let all hands be on the deck to salvage our beloved country, take solace and receive renewed strength, vigour and vitality in the fact that your efforts have begun to yield positive fruits and that the vast majority of the citizens appreciate and applaud your efforts and stand resolutely with you. As I have often said, the power of the people is greater than the power of those of us in power. In our own little corner, we, too, stand with you. And this being so, you can only succeed, and not fail! Therefore, every support and every advice that Your Excellency requires to succeed we promise we will not hide away from you, partisan politics notwithstanding.

“In this wise, permit me, Your Excellency, to prod your memory about a Presidential committee constituted months ago by President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate allegations of high corruption against two top
officials of this administration, namely the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. David Babachir Lawal; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Mr. Ayo Oke. The Presidential committee, headed by your good self, was given two weeks to submit its report. That was many months ago. The two top officials concerned were placed on suspension but nothing has been heard on the matter ever since. It would appear the matter has been swept under the carpet or, in the Nigerian popular parlance, has been treated as the “family affair” of the ruling APC government.

“It will be most unfortunate indeed if this, truly, is the case. For one, the appropriate response to the very serious issue of corruption against the suspended SGF and the NIA DG should not have been the setting up of a committee to investigate; rather, both men should have been handed over the two men to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation and arraignment in a court of competent jurisdiction. Your Excellency will agree with me that this has always been this government’s recourse when alleged corruption cases involve members of the opposition PDP; estranged members of the ruling party. In fact, PDP members and non-members of the ruling APC alleged to be corrupt, such as judges, are first harassed, haunted,
hounded, arrested and locked up, tried and convicted in the media and visited with public lynching while the Department of State Service (DSS) and the EFCC take their time to search for or conjure evidence against them.

“The preferential treatment given to the two top-notch members of your government is bad enough – and they are the only members of the ruling party that have got this slap-on-the-wrist treatment. So reckless and
audacious had your government become in this regard that a serving Senator who is a member of your party said on the floor of the Senate that your government uses insecticides when dealing with alleged cases of corruption involving members of the opposition but applies deodorant when members of the ruling party are involved. I dare to say that this is one of the reasons the so-called war against corruption has not attracted public support. It lacks credibility and has, thus floundered. It is also the reason your administration has lost case after case in the court of law, even though administration officials have tried to cover government’s Achilles heel as well as their own howling incompetence under the pretence of corruption fighting back.

“Were President Buhari to be around, this issue would not have been any of your bother. All that would have been required of you would be to turn in your report within the stipulated time and the ball would then have been squarely in the president’s court. Fortunately, and unfortunately, President Buhari has been away on medical tourism for most part of this year and as the Acting President, the buck now stops on your desk. Your Excellency, Nigerians demand two actions from you: First is that you release the report of the corruption investigation, which you presided over. Secondly is that you act expeditiously on the report. May I advise, Your Excellency, that you should never harbour the view that this matter can swept under the carpet for two reasons. One is that Nigerians are not unmindful of the outcome of your investigation even if it has not been officially released. Two is that should you fail to release the report and act on it, I shall approach the law court to compel you to do so.

“Your Excellency, as a Law professor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Your Excellency must not be associated with illegalities and cover-ups; not to talk of your highly exalted position as a man of God who must speak truth at all times and uphold the Biblical admonition to let justice flow like the mighty river. I have refused to agree with those who, on account of your egregious stance on the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu’s continued but illegal stay in office; posit that the hood does not make the monk and a chain of titles and degrees does not translate to sound judgment. Kindly take up the challenge to prove those doubting Thomases wrong.

“Your Excellency, because our dear country, Nigeria, is the concern of all of its 170 million citizens as well as for the benefit of our friends the world over, permit me to make copies of this letter available to the media and other interested persons and organisations locally and internationally.”


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  • amazing2012

    …it is an embracement this man come from the most educated state of the most populous black nation on earth. That is the problem of voting people because of cooked rice and a pierce of meat !

    • Ajike Ole

      Ayodele is doing exactly what educated people should do. I don’t know what you are saying. Fayose well done

    • Omoighe Emmy Emuata

      You cannot even spell embarrassment yet you are questioning his educational status. Point out what is wrong with this letter. If the so-called ‘learned’ people like the Falanas, Soyinka, Bakares et al have become mute, then, allow the Fayoses to point out this deceptive window-dressing called investigation. Enough of the lies.

      • Enyi

        At least you got his message!

  • Scrutiny

    Well, this letter is quite in order: no news yet on VP’s committee report. Perhaps, government is still studying it. Even so, the citizens ought to be informed about status of the report if not the content. What a country and government!

    • amazing2012

      …it is an embarrassment this man come from the most educated state of the most populous black nation on earth. That is the problem of voting people because of cooked rice and a pierce of meat !

      • Border_Marksman

        It’s ‘piece’ of meat not ‘pierce’. Anyway, are you saying Ekiti people are hungry despite their high education? What’s wrong with this picture?

  • Enyi

    Fayose is at his clowning best or p erharps he is up to some mischief otherwise he would have known that such matters follow a process.

    In this matter, it was President Buhari who set up the panel, whilst Osinbajo headed it. Now, the President has been away owing to his ill health, should Osinbajo therefore act on a matter he presided over?

    Fayose is a clown!

    Period!!

    • Border_Marksman

      No Enyi. Fayose is not a clown. Osinbajo/Osinbade is the one who just told you he went to see the president yet cannot prove that he indeed met with the man to those of us who voted for them. Yet very little else is going on that has improved in the Nigerian condition. Who really is the clown here. Think about it.

    • Frank Bassey

      Are you sure you have taken you meal today? This sounds so lunatic; sorry to say that, Sir.

      • Enyi

        Please what the issue of meal got to do with this post?

        • Frank Bassey

          You sounded confused.

  • Frank Bassey

    God will keep, guard, guide, sustain, help Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State. Without people like him, Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari would have trampled on the Nigerian people on the pretense of puritanism. I supported Buhari coming to power to provide the change Nigeria badly needed at the time. It is obvious he is not sincere. He is hypocritical, unjust, unfair, nepotic and not straightforward, especially in his so-called fight against corruption. He told NASS in his letter that he was returning to London for “scheduled” medical treatment. If he knew he would not be in Nigeria by then, why set up an investigative panel with a deadline that fell after he had departed? Was the panel necessary, in the first place? If Yemi Osinbajo is Acting President, what prevents him from making the report public to the Presidency? Is he the presidency? It is obvious that nothing will come out of the exercise because Buhari uses insecticide to fight corruption against the opposition, but air-refreshner when it concerns his own people and members of the Association of Pretentious Characters (APC). Thank God for NEMESIS.