The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has summoned eight former ministers, who served under former President Muhammadu Buhari.
Many Nigerians have expressed shocked over the latest development.
This is because, the former president found his way into office with a promise to end corruption.
His party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), had strongly accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of looting the nation’s treasury.
Buhari on numerous occasions vowed to bring such corrupt politicians to justice.
But how much of that promise crossed a ‘body language’ level is what Nigerians are searching for.
Really, it is a big surprise to many that eight of Buhari’s ministers were all invited for questioning over allegations bordering on corruption.
Was something going on right under the president’s nose? Or was the president aware and allowing it fly while he counts years to his going back to Daura?
These are questions that bug the mind.
The invitation letters, according to sources, requested the former top government officials to come and explain how they spent funds allocated to their ministries on some designated projects when they held sway at their respective positions.
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Sources reveal that the letters were extended to the former ministers before the suspension of Abdulrasheed Bawa as chairman of the commission.
The anti-graft agency had commenced investigations.
The source said: “Apart from the former minister of Women’s Affairs, Pauline Tallen, who was invited last week over alleged ₦2bn fraud and “part of the money allegedly diverted from the African First Lady Peace Mission Project,” about seven others have also been invited”.
Sale Mamman, also a former minister of power under former President Buhari, was last month arrested and detained by the commission.
His arrest was in connection with an alleged ₦22 billion fraud related to power projects.
Also, the immediate past minister of police affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, has also been summoned over the management of the Police Trust Fund.
Speaking further on condition of anonymity, the source said Dingyadi would provide answers to allegations of purchasing refurbished vehicles for the Nigeria Police as new.
“Well, I’m not aware of the letter, I’ve not seen it.
“Maybe they sent it to the office, I will inquire from the office”, the minister of police affairs, Dingyadi, said in a phone conversation.
The former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, and the immediate past Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, were also invited by the anti-graft agency.
While the EFCC is investigating heads of other ministries, it’s chairman, Bawa is also under investigation.
Nigerians will be waiting to see if this will go further or pass a sons of those initial inclination to show there is a desire to fight corruption.
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