The fight against corruption mantra of the present Muhammadu Buhari-led administration seems to take a new twist as the Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is who currently facing charges of corruption announced a donation of N10 million to the organizers of the National Anti-Corruption Marathon.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Crimes, ICPC, Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN and other stakeholders organized the first National Anti-Corruption Marathon, in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari, for his fight against corruption.
Ganduje who made the announcement of the donation when he received members of the main organizing committee in Abuja, promised that the Kano state Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission would collaborate with the organizers, as an official partner, to ensure success of the event.
He said his administration not only engaged in sensitizing the citizenry on the evils of corruption but also reorganized and strengthened its anti-corruption agency to offer optimal professional services.
“Before now, people find it difficult to access the services of the agency but we established offices across the 44 local government areas so that the services can be available to the common man”, the governor announced.
The governor said that as a result of the renewed professional and vigour of the state Anti-corruption agency, highly placed individuals such as Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service and a Commissioner were removed and prosecuted for involvement in fraudulent practices.
One cannot but wonder the motive behind this donation, especially at a time when the governor is currently under heat for allegations of bribery and corruption,yet has not been prosecuted by EFCC for the charges.
The donation is beginning to raise questions in relation to a release attributed to the commission last week “The governor is still serving and constitutionally is covered by immunity. Being that as it may, the matter is in the instance sub judice,” the EFCC posted from its Twitter handle.
Could this donation be strategy to get off the EFCC’s hook? Or to seek favor?
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