The governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Tambuwal has said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is using anti-corruption agencies to hound members of the opposition party.
Tambuwal who spoke in Sokoto during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding of 2019, United Nations development framework and launch of spotlight initiative between the state government and the United Nations also canvassed for the separation of the office of the minister for Justice from the Attorney general of the federation as the panacea to politically motivated anti-corruption fight.
He said, “When I was the speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, I accused the then president, Goodluck Jonathan, who was a member of my party for supporting corruption. That is when he granted state pardon to the former Bayelsa state governor, the late DSP Alameyeiseigha, who was accused of corruption; we all known what happened after.
“Now, it is a public knowledge that the moment you align yourself with a particular political party, you are immune to the fight against corruption. We can’t get it right on the issue of fight against corruption, especially when the agencies that are assigned the task are at the mercy of the Federal Government. When they don’t like your face, they set EFCC against you. We are very much aware that once you joined a particular party, you are immune from being prosecuted by the EFCC or ICPC, that is not the way to go.
“We need to stop politicising fight against corruption and take it on headlong, otherwise we won’t go anywhere.
“We knew what happened here during election, when EFCC was all over the place, arresting people anyhow, identified from them their political masters with the belief that people are buying votes.
“We know the political actors here who used EFCC as part of their campaign to come and intimidate people here. The earlier we realizes that we are not doing it right the better for the institutions to better.
“That is why during my tenure as the speaker, I spoke about it and I still want to assure you now that I am ready to support the constitutional amendments that will make our institutions strong.
“There is need to separate the office of the minister for Justice from the Attorney general of the federation. The Minister can be a politician while the Attorney General of the Federation should be above board and not a politician.
“We also need to separate the office of the Accountants General and that of the Accountant General of the Federation. We must go back to the constitution and do the right thing, if not, we may not get it right.”