Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecutions, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, was a guest on Monday’s edition of AIT’s breakfast program, Kaakaki.
Interviewed by the duo of Utibe Umoren and Salamatu Ibrahim, the special assistant was repeatedly unnerved and unable to keep his cool.
In a particular testy exchange between Obono-Obla and Umoren, the special assistant denied knowledge of petitions against two members of the Buhari cabinet – the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the minister of soldi minerals, Kayode Fayemi.
Here is how that exchange went:
Utibe Umoren: Petitions have been filed at the EFCC and nothing has been done so far. You have a former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, who is a minister in the Federal Cabinet…
Obla: I saw a list of politically exposed people under investigation…
UU: There is a petition before the EFCC!
Obla: Listen now! Let me tell you…
UU: There is a petition before the EFCC and I am telling you as a journalist that there is a petition…
Obla: Talk to me with respect…
UU: …and I have a copy; I have a copy…
Obla: Don’t shout at me
UU: …I have a copy of the petition…
Obla: Don’t shout at me!
UU: I’m not shouting at you I’m making a point
Obla: Don’t do that
UU: I’m sorry about that if you feel I’m shouting at you but my point is simple: that there is a petition against the Minister of Solid Minerals before the EFCC, if you’re asking about where is the petition. There is also a petition against the former governor of Rivers State, now Minister of Transportation, before the EFCC.
Obla: I am not aware.
Obla: Show me the petition
UU: You are NOT aware?
Obla: I am not aware.
UU: Ok, Ok, Alright.
See the short exchange below:
In another cringe worthy exchange, Obono-Obla was asked how the administration measures success in the fight against corruption. To him what matters is that he has rated the administration and given it 80%. “Only people who are biased or prejudiced would not give this government a commendation on fight against corruption. This government should be commended,” he said.
At other times, like in the short clip below, Obono-Obla simply looked away and put his hand on his chin sulking as questions were put to him.
The administration’s war against corruption has come under criticism in recent times following a slew of weighty allegations against senior members of the president’s cabinet including the Attorney-General Abubakar Malami and the NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru.