The choice of the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi as the chairman of the Inter Agency Task Team (IATT) programme to commemorate the 2017 International Anti-Corruption Day held in Abuja yesterday, has been likened to a case of “corruption condemning corruption.”
Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, who reacted to Fayemi’s comment that Nigeria must say no to impunity and eliminate the syndrome of ‘sacred cows’ for the fight against corruption to succeed, said; “Fayemi offering solution to the corruption fight is like notorious armed robbers like Oyenusi and Shina Rambo giving lecture on how to stop armed robbery.”
He said it was funny that Fayemi was not even ashamed to sermonise on the need to say no to impunity and eliminate the syndrome of sacred cows, when he, himself acted like a sacred cow by refusing to appear before a commission of inquiry, duly constituted to probe his four years as governor of Ekiti State.
Olayinka, who said President Muhammadu Buhari must stop deceiving himself with his fight against corruption, said he personally challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu at a function in Abuja on the commission’s refusal to investigate Fayemi, despite the loads of petitions against him and the EFCC boss could not offer any explanation.
The governor’s spokesperson said; “The reality is that President Buhari is leading a government of scandalously corrupt people and one of them is Dr Kayode Fayemi.
“It is even safe to say that President Buhari is the father of corruption and that has been further established by the attitude of the President towards his men that have been accused of corruption.
“From MainaGate to allegation of award of $25 billion contracts without following due process made against Dr. Maikanti Baru by Dr Ibe Kachikwu, the DSS indictment for corruption of the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu and the alleged N500 million bribery said to have been paid to the Chief of Staff (COS), Abba Kyari by officials of the MTN Telecommunications Company, President Buhari has remained the shield over and above his corrupt men.”