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Sacking waziri as EFCC chairman not personal – Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday explained the circumstances surrounding the removal of the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Farida Waziri, in 2007.
The ex-president in a statement issued by his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, said he had no personal problem with the ex-EFCC supremo, adding that she was removed in the country’s interest.

Waziri had claimed in her new book that she was removed by Jonathan for probing some corrupt individuals in the country.

According to the former president, he retained Waziri, who was appointed by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua despite obvious disenchantment from many Nigerians and mounting international pressure against her continued stay in office as anti-graft czar.

The statement read: “We read media reports credited to the former boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri, in which she claimed in her new book that she was removed from office by ex-President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, because of her probe of some oil racketeers.

“We thought we had dealt with this matter, after promptly debunking similar statements she made in the past.

In 2017 when she claimed that she lost her job because she ‘refused to back down from the probe of one of the masterminds of the fuel subsidy scam. We quickly refuted and clarified the claim for the records, and even challenged her to name the individual or company in question.

“We had expected that a book from Mrs. Farida, coming years after the claim was first made, should have towed the path of honor by telling the truth for the benefit of history. Unfortunately, that still didn’t happen.

“It will be recalled that after assuming office as President on May 6, 2010, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan decided to retain Mrs. Waziri, who was appointed by his predecessor, late President Umaru Yar’Adua, as the head of the elite anti-crime agency.

Despite obvious disenchantment from many Nigerians and mounting international pressure against Mrs. Waziri’s continued stay in office, the former President stood by her, in line with his conviction that every public officer should first be given the opportunity to deliver on his or her mandate.


Waziri Tambuwal ‘Thumbs Up’ to N202bn 2020 Sokoto Budget.

…Hails lawmakers for speedy passage

Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has signed the 2020 appropriation budget of N202 billion into law as passed by the State House of Assembly.

The Governor, while appending his signature, applauded the Assembly members for their patriotism and unflinching commitment to the collective good of the people of the state.

According to him: “The Assembly, despite being controlled by the APC which is in the majority, has rallied round the government and supported it in the interest of serving the people of the state.”

He added that the lawmakers members have shown an uncommon patriotism to deliver democratic dividends to the people of Sokoto, and promised that their gesture shall not be misplaced.

Governor Tambuwal further applauded the Assembly for its speedy consideration of the budget in three weeks in line with the World Bank benchmark.

“The ball is now in the court of the executive to ensure proper implementation of the budget. We will work closely with the parliament in doing so,” he said.

Presenting the passed budget bill to the Governor, Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Aminu Muhammad Achida, noted that the Assembly was aware of the achievements of the administration despite financial constraints.

“The implementation of the 2019 budget has recorded a lot in the areas of education, health and rural development as well as many others.

“We will continue to accelerate the passage of any bill that is meant to improve the lots of the people of the state,” explained the Speaker, who said that the Assembly approved the budget during its sitting number 122.

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

Achida commended the executive for “its record achievement in the modest improvement of internally generated revenue (IGR).

The Speaker affirmed that the budget 2020 of N202 billion presented to the Assembly by the executive earlier in the month has been approved in totality.