On trial for corruption at home, Orji Kalu initiates Africa’s anti-corruption conference

Orji Uzor-Kalu
Orji Uzor-Kalu

A conference to discuss and find solutions to the challenge of corruption on the African continent is to hold in the first quarter of next year, and a former Governor of Abia State, Uzor Orji Kalu, is the coordinator of the initiative.

The conference is to hold in South Africa.

Disclosing this in Liberia on Monday, Mr. Kalu said the initiative was his and those of the international community and partners who are concerned about the effect of corruption on the continent.

The former governor, during a visit to the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in Moronvia, said it was amazing how African leaders amass wealth, leaving their countries extremely poor and now go outside the continent to invest such stolen funds.

He said that his visit to Mrs Sirleaf was in continuation of his advocacy on anti-corruption, which he conceived to genuinely fight corruption in Africa.

He lamented the preferential and sentimental judgments in the process of prosecuting corrupt people, describing it as unfair to the judicial process and rule of law.

Mr. Kalu stated further that the initiative is a joint project with the international community, including development partners and volunteers, who are equally worried about the fundamental problem and are determined to ensure the success of the crusade.

He decried the way African leaders invest their wealth in foreign lands at the detriment of their people.

But the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission is trying Mr. Kalu himself for corruption, although he has denied any wrongdoing.

Shortly after leaving office in July 2007, the EFCC arraigned Mr. Kalu before an Abuja High Court on a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering, official corruption and diversion of public funds totaling over N5 billion.

The case is still in court. In April, the Court of Appeal in Abuja ruled that the EFCC can prosecute the former governor, saying the anti-graft agency has established prime-facie cases against the defendant.

Mr Kalu had approached the appellate court to set aside the ruling of the Federal High Court that the former governor had a case to answer and that there were prima facie case of corruption against  him.

But during his visit to the Liberian President, the former governor  commended Mrs Sirleaf  for fighting corruption in her country, and informed her that she is one of the few African presidents cleared by the international partners to attend the proposed anti-corruption conference.

He commended the leadership style of the President in the reconstruction of Liberia and the peace and political stability she has brought to bear on the country, which has propelled economic growth and development.

He urged her to remain steadfast and focused on her mission.

Responding, the Liberian President thanked Dr. Kalu for the visit and lauded his anti corruption initiative.

She said having worked with international organisations, she is well informed on the rate and negative consequences of corruption on the continent.

She advocated for collaborative efforts by all stakeholders to fight the scourge that has negatively affected governance and in essence development.

She used the opportunity to reflect on the appointment of her sons, Robert and Charles Sirleaf as Chairman of the National Oil Company of Liberia and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia respectively, which she described as merited.

She said Mr. Robert is a professional banker who has wide experience in investment banking, having worked in leading financial institutions in Wall Street, USA.

Charles, she said, is also a financial expert who has worked in commercial banks and became a director in the Federal Ministry of Finance, Liberia in the previous government and was seconded to the Central Bank of Liberia from the Federal Ministry of Finance by the past government.

Mrs. Sirleaf has been widely criticized for appointing her relatives to top positions.


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  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Unlike Governor Shekarau of Kano state who transformed from been a retiring school principal into a multi billionaire ex governor, at least Kalu was super rich before he got elected as governor. While I fully support his trial, I can’t help but observe the selective amnesia that the Nigerian press has adopted on Shekarau. I believe Shekarau might be the closest thing to Ibori in Nigeria. And it is amazing no one is talking about him. How did a mere school principal come about with so much wealth?

  • NGWAVILLE

    CAN DEVIL TALK ABOUT HEAVEN?

  • akwaba22

    come and answer corruption charges against you. you are busy deceiving the world you are fighting corruption when you are the symbol of corruption. like you said all your stolen funds from Abia state were invested outside Abia state. What moral justification do you have to talk about anti-corruption?

  • chanceaba

    this is the man that underdeveloped Abia state. come to Aba to see the resultant effect of the corruption you pepertrated in Abia state. I am happy the world is seeing what you left behind in Abia state after 8years of your rule

  • Igbere60

    I am from the same village with you but I am totally disappointed in you. Tell the world what you have done to develop your village, nothing. All you are doing with your money is to turn the girls from your village to sex slaves and the boys to armed robbers and kidnappers.

  • excel40

    Orji Kalu your recent moves indicates you have changed your format of defrauding people. You promised the Igbos in congo a loan sheeme. you saw how they reacted to your promise because they know you are a fake. I pity anybody that is depositing money in your BANK

  • ABIA YOUTH

    Orji Kalu We are seriously mobilising the great Abians to urge the governor to commence the probe as a matter of urgency. YOU ARE THE GREATEST ENEMYOF NDI IGBO. what Abians suffered under you can only be compared to Nigeria-Biafra war. please we urge you to ignore this con man

  • AVIVA30

    you are just lucky you are not yet in jail like IBORI

  • Igbere voice

    Does that not sound funny. Maybe he thinks we are in banana republic where anything goes. We are no longer fools. Abians and Nigerians are getting wiser by the day. I can’t just wait yo see this monster jailed.

  • onye iwe

    Orji Kalu , u will soon join ur forefathers. The gory state u left Abia can’t be easily erased from our memory. I know u r gradually. Reaping the bad fruit that u Sowed in Ab i a , Fifth columnist of the highest order.

  • Eagle eye

    This is one of his deeds. Extra judicial killings in Ab i a was at its peak. THESE two dead bodies are victims of mistaken identity. OUK was after someone that wrote his waec for him who threatened to bring it open to the public. On that note OUK went after him and ended up killing two innocent Ab i a ns. Dozie Nwachukwu and. Okechukwu Maduekwe. This ugly incidence happened in Azikiwe road 1991. Pls the Inspector General of Police should revisit this matter. OUK is evil.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      kalu was not governor in 1991.

  • TheWiseOne

    Orji is a “born-again” corrupt politician. He should know how to combat the scourge, abi? Let’s home his repentance and cleansing will last long! Once a ….. always …….?