Prove to Nigerians you are working, Jonathan tells EFCC, ICPC

New EFCC chair, Ibrahim Lamorde, says he was not part of the wasteful trip and didn't collect estacode as claimed

The president said critics of his administration on corruption were sometimes more corrupt.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday charged Nigeria’s two major anti-graft agencies to carry out their duties in a way that would be felt by all Nigerians.

Mr. Jonathan gave the challenge to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, when he swore-in some public officials in Abuja.

Those sworn-in include the Special Adviser to the President on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, NEPAD, Fidelia Njeze; and the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly, Sulaiman Ajadi. Others are the Chairman, National Population Commission, Ezeduru Ihuoma, and some of its commissioners; and an ICPC commissioner, Bako Abdullahi; shortly before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council Meeting.

“ICPC and EFCC must make Nigerians believe that they are working,” the president said. “I know what you are doing but not everybody knows what you are doing. Ordinarily, these are agencies whose activities are not supposed to be made too loud because you don’t celebrate a situation where you send 100 or 200 Nigerians to prison.”

Mr. Jonathan also berated those criticizing him for not fighting corruption; adding that many of such people were more guilty of corrupt practices.

“The society is so funny that these days anybody who wants to claim any element of credibility at all will go to the television and attack government for corruption. The President’s body language shows that he is not fighting corruption or he is not ready to fight corruption,” he said. “And sometimes it is even the very corrupt people that are making these statements because if you attack government you are insulated, you become an angle. If you want to (be) an angle just attack the government.

The president said despite the covert nature of operations of the anti -graft agencies, it has become important for them to prove to Nigerians that they are working.

“Recently, the EFCC published the list of about 250 people they have convicted and that is a huge number of people and they said the government is not fighting corruption. How many countries have convicted half that number of people within a space of time? But before the publication, so many people did not believe that the EFCC are even going to work.

“In as much as we frown and a number of Nigerians don’t feel that people should be convicted, it should to happen before on television, even before you are tried you are convicted, and people feel that is not good. So in a situation when you secured convictions you should be able to tell Nigerians from time to time, so that people appreciate that these two agencies are working. I know you are working but not everybody knows you are working” he said.

Speaks on NPC

Mr. Jonathan also recalled the reason he fired the former National Population Commission chairman, Festus Odimegwu.

He said he dropped Mr. Odimegwu because of his statement that brought credibility problem to the commission. Mr. Odimegwu had said previous census figures of Nigeria that gave the north a higher population were doctored.

The president warned the commission’s new chairman to be mindful of the statements he makes, so as not create a problem for the society.

“… you also have to be mindful about the statements you make and that is not limited to the national population commission alone but to all of us who are holding offices.

“You must be very mindful and not make statements that will create problem for the society. I dropped your predecessor of certain statements he made and brought credibility problem to the commission. He is a fine gentleman, everybody knows him, very cerebral. But an institution like the National Population Commission must be one that people will believe in whatever you do”.

He told the new NPC boss to immediately step aside, when and if he makes any pronouncements that will cause a credibility problem for the commission.

“The best thing is for you to step aside for some other person to step in because the credibility of that institution is critical. Perception in most cases are stronger that real, no matter what you do if the perception is wrong then society will not follow you.

“So I believe that you will bring strong leadership to the National Population Commission as the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, I believe you are at the highest level of practice, you are at the top and you will do a good job there” the president said.

Mr. Jonathan emphasised the need for a credible census for Nigeria.

“When we have a country that the population is growing than the way our economy is growing, then we must know our population figures, so that government at federal, state and local levels will be able to plan.

“Because you cannot plan base on what you don’t know but if you know you can plan for it. If we know the total number of children we are expecting then you will know how to expand the facilities you have in your basic education institutions.

Charges National Assembly adviser

Mr. Jonathan also charged his Special Adviser on National Assembly to relate well with the federal lawmakers and ensure that there is a harmonious relationship between the executive and the legislature.

“You are also coming at a very interesting time when some people are crossing to the left and some people are crossing to the right. Luckily you have been a part of the National Assembly before, you have been a Senator, you know the games you play there you know your trick. You will be able to relate with every member of the National Assembly.

“The federal government is for everybody and that is why we cannot talk the way they talk. Because as long as you won election to be the president of a country you are the president of everybody, even those who abuse you, even those that are ready to kill you, so you have to protect them.

“So you are there to relate with all members of the National Assembly, to make sure that the executive and members of the parliament work in the interest of this country and for the development of our people.”

Noting that the NEPAD and the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) were concepts of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, he also told his new adviser on NEPAD that the key focus areas to be handled by her are relatively new in the nation’s political history.


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: Revealed!!! The Only Way Left of Getting an Extra Large Manhood and also Last Up to 38Mins+. Get the Insider Secret Here

TEXT AD: This NAFDAC APPROVED Solution Will Make You Stay Longer Than 40Mins In Bed Tonight And Help Your Erection. Click Here To Read The Free Reports

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.

  • Papamayor

    Are we living in the same country? Yes EFCC is making headway on some counts in civil corruption cases; what is their scorecard on political looting and corruption?

  • Frank

    Mr President, I am sorry. It is just too little too late. Nigerians are not ready to live through another 4 years of complacency and I don’t give a damn attitude to corruption.

  • Salvage Naija

    I guess half of Efcc’s budget is well utilised. At least they have to pay the various news media enough money to launder their image. They really don’t need to chase those looting Nigeria dry abi? If truly Mr President is serious about fighting graft, he needs to sack Lamorde, he is worst than Farida Waziri, we can at least thank him for chasing Mai guards, yahoo boys and pepper sellers. Efcc needs to be sanitised for crying out loud. Efcc is corrupt, please change your ways and truly fight graft.

  • Amina

    How many people have EFCC since .None because leadership,house of assembly interferes in EFCC far with Farouk case,How far with Stella Oduah,How far with Fuel subsidy money,how far with NNPC billions of dollars money.corruption had made PDP to sink to this level and Jonathan had not seen it that way.PLEASE JONATHAN SACK ALL YOUR ADVICERS AND MINISTERS.RETAIN ONLY FINANCE AND AGRIC ONCES?All others should go.IF you want to be president in 2015.STep on more toes to pave your way.have more competent politicians in your cabinet please.A word is enough for a wise.good luck to you mr president.APC is coming in 2015 with full force if you don’t take drastic action now.people will collect from you and work for APC BUT if you improve in areas of corruption ,education,insecurity which is paramount for investors ,roads and electricity.believe me people will say carry go in 2015.this is not about ethnics or religion or where anybody come from.its all about PERFORMANCES.period.

  • frank

    Can some one explain to this President, that a statement is necessarily untrue because its protagonist are rogues or hypocrites is another form of invalid reasoning. It is this kind of thought process that is getting us no where in Nigeria.

  • Comfortkay

    Politics is about Human Development and Perfomances, EFCC is not effective this organization cannot perform Nigeria need Nuru to finished the work he started.

  • Emancipation

    Sharrapppp!!!!!! Show me Farouk in jail, Stella oduah, the remitted $10b and the investigated reason while it wasn’t remitted, publicize the TAN funding, where is #kerosene. Jona mind yourself ooooo!!!!!!