Enugu State welcomes EFCC investigations, says Nnamani’s aide
January 9, 2006

 

The Enugu State Government has restated its support for the anti-corruption campaign of President Olusegun Obasanjo. The full text of a government statement, which directed the state government officials mentioned in a petition to the EFCC to report to the agency, reads as follows:

The attention of the Enugu State Government has been drawn to a news report in The Guardian newspaper of today, Monday January 9, 2006 to the effect that some officials of the State Government were arrested last Friday night by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and wish to state as follows:

The Enugu State Government welcomes the EFCC investigations and uses this opportunity to restate its unalloyed commitment and support for the anti-corruption drive of Mr. President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. We welcome this healthy development in sanitizing the polity and society at large.

We also restate our respect and admiration for the EFCC as an organ, its leadership and men and their doggedness so far in conducting a far-reaching crusade against corruption, as well as their determination to ensure that there are no sacred cows in all the nooks and crannies of the polity. A thoroughness and doggedness that resulted in the prosecution of a former Inspector General of Police, a former Senate President and sundry others in the polity deserve thumbs up from every well meaning Nigerian.

Enugu State as a leading organization in development, not just in Nigeria but among developing democracies globally understands that development cannot thrive in an atmosphere of entrenched pervasive corruption and arbitrariness.

This developmental drive of the State government has been widely acclaimed, confirmed and affirmed severally by independent assessors, among whom are development partners, organizations (local and foreign), including the President himself, the party hierarchy, the mass media and leading opinion moulders across boards.

While we are not deterred and indeed, resolutely continue efforts that present our dear state as a developmental model, we wish to deny orchestrated media campaigns that top government officials of Enugu State were arrested on Friday by the EFCC.

We are, however, well aware that the suspended Chairman of Udi Local Government Area, Oscar Egwuonwu, who is currently facing manslaughter charges, had generated a series of extremely frivolous and baseless petitions to some organizations, including the EFCC, alleging mismanagement of Local Government funds.

The Enugu State governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, thus immediately directed the state government officials mentioned in the petition to report to the EFCC offices and other such organizations to whom the said petition had been submitted.

We state, without equivocation, that Governor Chimaroke Nnamani does not believe in official claim of immunity, even though provided for in the constitution, and is poised to offer self for investigation and, if need be, prosecution in law courts, all in the spirit of communication, transparency and affirmation of total belief in the system and process as established by the administration of President Obasanjo.

We are not worried, but indeed proud, of the integrity of the governor who, among many other self restraints, has not embarked on any travel cumulatively for more than three (3) times across the Atlantic Ocean, in almost six years as governor and does not have any asset anywhere abroad, nor own any property/building outside Enugu State. These claims are on record and verifiable.

We restate that the meager allocation to our state from the federation account and all we have achieved in few years, in terms of unrivalled developmental drives, could have beet a mirage in an atmosphere of corruption.

We again affirm our commitment and total faith in the anti-corruption process and would all, including the governor, be ready to surrender ourselves for investigation and possible prosecution, if necessary.

Festus Adedayo,
Special Adviser (Media) to Governor Chimaroke Nnamani of Enugu State.

 


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