The appointment of Mr Olanipekun Olukoyede as the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is game changer for anti-graft-war crusade, going by his antecedents. This is the assertion of Mr Osita Okechukwu, the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) says
Okechukwu, also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
He appealed to his traducers to sheath their swords, as he settled down for business.
Okechukwu said that it was not unusual for controversy to erupt after the appointment to an important and strategic office like the chairman of EFCC, without regards to whether the appointment conforms with extant laws.
“One has carefully taken a cursory analysis of the raging debate and came to the inevitable conclusion that Ola Olukoyede’s traducers had forgotten the famous and ageless maxim of the foremost physician of all time Albert Einstein.
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” he said. Okechukwu said.
Corollary, he said, the truism was that Olukoyede’s appointment was remedy as EFCC was formed to provide alternative for higher performance in waging the Herculean anti-graft war crusade.
“Therefore, his appointment from fraud angle of the noble legal profession is an appropriate alternative for reforms. Doing otherwise is akin to doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” Okechukwu said.
On the legalism of his qualification, Okechukwu said that he was in league with the preponderance view of senior counsels that Olukoyede’s cognate experience is unassailable having headed the administration of the EFCC and having devoted the last two decades in the fraud tricky profession.
“As the intendment of the law is that emphasis should be laid on cognate experience. The reforms contemplated by Renewed Agenda of President Tinubu can only be achieved under an informed insider with requisite legal tools not a learner. That, to me, is the essential thrust of Olukoyede’s appointment,” Okechukwu added.
Okechukwu said that he expected better results from Olukoyede and urged him to always diligently finish investigations to avoid media trial.
He admonished him to forthwith embark on investigations with fine combs to fish out billions of dollars looted from Nigeria’s commonwealth stashed abroad.
“Having served as member of the Technical Committee of the Presidential Advisory Council on Corruption, as well as member of the Technical Committee on the Repositioning of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU); he should with fine combs fish out billions of dollars stashed abroad, and bail Nigerians out of economic quagmire and debt burden; for common sense dictates that it cannot be only Gen Abacha’s loot.”
Okechukwu retorted, while finally appealing to Olukoyede’s traducers to divest their emotions and sheathe their swords.