by Dare Lawal
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, on Monday spoke at an event organised by the Nigerian Bar Association to mark the 2013 International Anti-corruption day in Abuja and he queried the body language of President Goodluck Jonathan in the fight against corruption. The speaker’s opinion was that President Goodluck Jonathan had not shown the correct body language in the campaign against corruption in the country.
Tambuwal criticised Jonathan’s love for setting panel and committees to probe corruption allegations, instead of referring such matters to the anti-corruption agencies. He challenged Jonathan to show the political will to fight corruption by referring such allegations to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
During the question and answer session at the event, when Tambuwal was asked about the setting up of committees to probe corruption allegations, including the N255m bullet-proof car scandal involving the Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, and other related cases, Tambuwal said, “The executive constituting committees to investigate what ordinarily would have been investigated by the EFCC, ICPC and Code of Conduct Bureau is a duplication of effort.
“We (National Assembly) do our own; we have been mandated by the constitution to do it. They (anti-corruption agencies) have been established by law to do what they do.
The executive has no business in establishing its own. They (executive) should just refer the matter, if they mean business, to the EFCC. And I trust, very few of them in the EFCC, they will do a good job I tell you.
“Let the executive have the will of referring these matters, from the office of Mr. President to the EFCC and see what will happen. But when the body language is not correct, I mean.”
The Speaker equally faulted the anti-corruption agencies, particularly the EFCC, whose Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, was represented at the event.