By Ayo Dada
The EFCC was established in 2003, partially in response to pressure from the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), which named Nigeria as one of 23 countries non-cooperative in the international community’s efforts to fight money laundering. The agency has its head office in Abuja, Nigeria.
Therefore, Ex President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003, established the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as a law enforcement agency to investigate financial crimes such as advance fee fraud (419 fraud) and money laundering.
After the establishment of the agency, for the rest of President Obasanjo’s first term and the throughout his second term that ended in 2007, it was alleged that the president through his chosen chairman Nuhu Ribadu, used the agency to “keep in line” opponents of his administration. We all know over 90% of Nigerian politicians in government or out of it are fraudulent, it was therefore easy for the ex president Obasanjo to achieve his goal of using the EFCC to scare and keep off his political opponents. While this allegation may not completely be the case, there were however many truths to the allegations.
The above then set the precedence for the EFCC agency to become a tool in the hands of presidents and their cabals in going after their perceived enemies and opponents with Buhari being the latest.
How does the above relate to the article, one might ask? It is directly related to where we are in Nigeria today, the issue of insecurity, the insecurity and instability of the Nigerian nation today caused by the marauding, bloodletting Fulani terrorists under the guise herdsmen. To be honest, cattle herding isn’t a new phenomenon in Nigeria, I grew up seeing peaceful Fulani herdsmen herding their cattle, even through the towns and cities across the country, so there is no doubt that we have genuine Fulani herders.
However, I am a strong proponent of a complete stop of this old and out of date way of herding cattles since the Fulani Jihadists, through their terrorist acts have infiltrated the hitherto peaceful Fulani herders.
Another reason why this act must be done with, with immediate effect, is because this in the 21st century, the technological age, we have to update and upgrade the way we herd cattle in Nigeria. We must do this by mandating the owners of this business to create grazing reserves in the states that allow such, following strictly the laws of those states. NEVER AGAIN SHOULD THESE HERDERS BE ALLOWED HERD THEIR CATTLES, AND OR RESIDE IN THE BUSHES OF THEIR HOST STATES! If this can be done as soon as possible, there will be no more clashes with the locals of those states, anyone found with any form of ammunition should face the maximum punishment available for it.
Apart from the imbalance of the ethnic nationalities that make up Nigeria in Nigerian government that heavily favor the Fulanis in every facet of government and life in Nigeria despite their small population, the above is yet another solid reason why Nigerians need to sit at the table to talk about and agree on how they want to cohabit; anything less than this should lead to everyone going their separate ways peacefully. This conclusion is not an easy one to come to for me as a believer in the Nigerian project, but as things stand right now and have been, their is no other conclusion left to be reached by any fair minded Nigerian.
The question then becomes, must restructuring Nigeria be at the behest of the North, or by the totality of all Nigerians? The answer is NO! Why is it so then?
The unfortunate answer to this is that, many of our political leaders and traditional rulers in the South and the Middle Belt have sold themselves to the North with a pot of porridge out of greed, they have compromised themselves and their integrity by defrauding the government and collecting money from them. Therefore, the North, who over the years have developed a well oiled political machine with the assistance of the southerners is using and will use this to checkmate any southerner that does not toe their line.
Buhari and his fellow Fulani henchmen are in total control of the might of the federal government and it’s agencies. They will not hesitate to send the EFCC after any southerner who speaks out against the status quo. THE FEAR OF EFCC IS THE GAG ON THE POLITICAL LEADERS AND THE TRADTIONAL RULERS FROM THE SOUTH.
Just some thoughts; why is the Ondo State Governor changing his tune now despite all his bravados about the Fulanis vacating Ondo State? Could it be the fear of facing the EFCC?
Suddenly, nearly all, if not all the Northern Governors are hailing Tinubu and saying that he’s qualified to be the next President with all the accolades, why is this so?
What is Tinubu’s 50 million naira donation to the victims of Katsina market fire while he has done nothing to date in similar situations in his backyard?
Again, suddenly, the Fulanis are giving Yorubas Obaship in Kano and Borno States?
Could all these and many more could be a gimmick to scuttle the agitation for RESTRUCTURING, or the fallout from the failure to convene one…?!
I conclude by saying that the southern leaders cannot and should not be trusted to pursue to a logical conclusion the RESTRUCTURING of Nigeria to become a fair and just country for all. Therefore, the youths and the Sunday Igbohos must not relent in their fight for fairness, justice and equity and must refuse to be compromised by money and offers of political or otherwise positions.
I HOPE I’M WRONG, I WANT TO BE WRONG, I PRAY I’M WRONG ABOUT OUR LEADERS NOT BEING ABLE LEAD US TO UHURU!
I REST MY CASE.