*EFCC is the worst thing that ever happened to us
*We are not fighting corruption
Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ahmad Ali, has described the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as the worst thing that has ever happened to our nation. He feels strongly that the organisation cannot fight corruption in the country. Rather, he has rated the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) higher in performance.
Ali was reacting to questions from newsmen in Ilorin, during the 10th annual lecture of Justice Mustapha Akanbi (Rtd) at the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin where he was the special guest of honour.
His words: “EFCC from inception in year 2000 is the worst thing that will ever happen to us in this country. We are just fooling ourselves that we are fighting corruption but we are not fighting corruption.”
He further said with emphasis, “EFCC is just redefining corruption to mean pursuit of opposition members. So the fight is not against corruption but pursuit of opposition. EFCC cannot fight corruption; EFCC can never fight corruption in Nigeria,” he asserted with insistence.
“ICPC is better suited because ICPC follows the rule. You empower ICPC, because ICPC follows the rule and ICPC is best suited to fight corruption because it is attacking the process and procedure.
“Politicians are less than a thousand and that is what ICPC is following but bureaucracy is over a million.
“You can see that 90% of houses in Abuja belong to the Directors who work in the bureaucracy not politicians. So, we are just fooling ourselves by saying that we are fighting corruption. It’s good, it’s popular, but I think if any government wants to fight corruption, the ICPC should be strengthened.”