The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders has accused the Federal Government under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan of weakening the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by underfunding the agency.
EFCC on Monday, admitted that lack of adequate funding by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration was affecting its fight against corruption in the country.
The EFCC Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Adegboyega, raised the alarm in Abuja while briefing the Senate Committee on Drugs, Narcotics, Financial Crimes and Anti-Corruption, at a public hearing on the bill for an Act to establish the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency.
Speaking on behalf of the Coalition, its Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran noted that starving the anti-graft agencies of fund was a clear indication that Jonathan was encouraging corruption in all ramifications.
He said, “History will never be fair to this government as it is obvious that President Jonathan is deliberately starving the EFCC (of fund) so that the institution would become a toothless bull dog. Is it not absurd that the EFCC is underfunded in a country where its National Assembly spends over N150bn yearly as overhead costs; where a minister bought just two cars for N225m, where the Presidency budgeted N1bn for food?
“Massive looting is going on every minute in this country unchecked.
“Nigerians are no longer surprised that the EFCC cannot prosecute any of the big thieves and looters in government because the government has incapacitated it. Jonathan government is only paying lip service to fighting the scourge of corruption in this country.”
Source: Punch Nigeria