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Ex-EFCC chair: Jonathan presidency ordered me to free corruption suspect

Former EFCC chairperson, Farida Waziri

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Ex-EFCC chair: Jonathan presidency ordered me to free corruption suspect

The former chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Farida Waziri, has said that whenever she hears about the shocking revelations of corruption which took place under the administration of former Pres. Goodluck Jonathan, she is glad to have been sacked.

“I’m only glad that those things didn’t happen under my watch as EFCC chairman because it would have been too traumatic for me. And that is why if I see ex President Jonathan today, I will kneel down to thank him for the honour done me by removing me as EFCC chairman at the time he did,” she told journalists last weekend in Lagos.

Waziri alleged that as chairman of the commission, she had a premonition that she would not be allowed the freedom to do her job properly following an incident which took place.

“My first strong premonition of what was ahead was when I began the probe of the monumental oil subsidy fraud going on then. I came to Lagos on a vital intelligence on the subsidy scam and as soon as I arrested a key culprit, I got a call from the presidential villa asking me to release the suspect, because according to their words ‘he is our person’, but I refused to let him off and days after I was removed from office,” she claimed.

Waziri was removed by Jonathan in November 2011 to wide acclaim. Under her leadership from 2008, the war against corruption lost steam with allegations that Waziri was a nominee of a corrupt ex-governor.

Waziri had positive words for the current EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu.

“There is no doubt Magu is doing his best within the available space but as I always say, the battle is beyond an individual or an organization.

‘’Every patriotic Nigerian concerned about the future of this great country must support the war, buy into it and take ownership of it because it’s about our collective survival.

‘’One thing going for the present leadership of the commission is the personal support of President Muhammadu Buhari, which is unquantifiable and I appreciate Mr President for this,” she said.

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