Corruption: Ex-ASUU President seeks arrest of Obasanjo, IBB, Abdulsalami, Tinubu, Amaechi and Fashola
Posted by News Express | 9 December 2016 | 2,613 times
A former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Humphrey Asobie, on Thursday advised anti-corruption agencies to go after former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida, APC Chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, among others, if they are serious about fighting corruption in Nigeria.
Mr. Asobie, who charged the agency to be holistic and go for the ‘big fishes’ in the fight against corruption, suggested the use of “shock therapy” and “Big Bang Strategy” in the fight against corruption, stressing that the most important personalities should be taken in.
Asobie made the call while speaking at the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) 2016 roundtable discussion hosted by the United States Embassy in Abuja.
The discussion had the theme “Corruption: An Impediment to the Sustainable Development Goals”.
He said: “Pick OBJ, IBB, (Rotimi) Amaechi, (Bola) Tinubu, Abdulsalami (Abubakar) and Raji (Fashola). They will all think you are mad when you say it,” the Professor of Political Science at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, said.
“Corruption is systemic in Nigeria; it’s not just a few certain individuals. It also includes the anti-corruption agencies, they have a problem of corruption.
“It has reached a stage where we are confused as to what is wrong and right, you start to wonder whether it has affected their intellect.
“After speaking at an event in 2013, the then Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, was provoked; he came to me and said, “I was one of your students but I’ve avoided you because you are at the left and I’m on the right. All of us are corrupt,” Mr. Asobie said.
In his welcome remarks, the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, David Young, said the U.S. government is committed to work with Nigeria in fighting corruption and recovering stolen funds.
Sam Saba, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, while speaking said that the major problem the Bureau is facing in the fight against corruption is poor funding.
“The essential thing here is funding, we don’t receive allocation on time and when we do it comes in halves. “Some countries receive budget of five years but since Obasanjo’s regime, we only receive half and it’s a problem,” Mr. Saba said.
While speaking to journalists, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, who was also at the event, urged the U.S., Switzerland and other foreign countries who are in possession of stolen funds from Nigeria to release them immediately.
“Nigeria has $458 million stashed away in the U.S., we have filed a suit in Jersey, where the money was kept but the U.S. government is claiming the money should be paid to them so as to help us manage them.
“Similarly, we have $321 million in Switzerland. The Swiss government is saying they won’t release it unless they are allowed to supervise its use. Our government should be prepared to adapt an aggressive ruling to these corrupt foreign agencies. The press should join in this campaign. We should not beg for our money, we should fight for it,” Mr. Falana said.
The 2016 International Anti-Corruption Day marks the 13th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
•Sourced from The AUTHORITY. Photo shows Prof. Asobie.