From Femi Oyelola, kaduna
The Chief Security Officer (CSO) to former Head of State, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha has said that, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is not fighting corruption but only chasing the shadow.
This was also as the presumed closest ally of the late military dictator said, he knew nothing about the controversial ‘Abacha loot’.
Al-Mustapha stated these in Kaduna on Wednesday during an interactive session with the Christian community, under the auspices of United Christian Leaders, Eagle Eye Forum and 40 Christian Pressure Groups, during which he (Al-Mustapha) was asked to contest as Nigeria’s President.
Speaking on corruption, Al-Mustapha said, EFCC came overnight with few equipment and personnel and started making the loudest noise “that is why I have likened it to small monkey given a thread to arrest an elephant. The monkey is always busy looking for the elephant. It was give binoculars to look for an elephant that is so close to it, but it is busy arresting ants and abandoned the elephant that is busy destroying the animal kingdom. That is what is going on today.
“If you have to fight corruption in Nigeria, you have to tackle from multi-faceted angles, rather this small structure called the EFCC, which is not enough to fight corruption. It requires a bigger body that has the capacity of intelligence that can reach out to the international community to get our stolen funds stached abroad and equally prosecute, rather than relying on the regular Police to do that, he said.
On the Abacha loot, the former CSO to the late Head of State said, he knew nothing about the so called Abacha loot, even though the government has failed to respond to his challenge, to state ‘when Abacha took the money abroad.
According to him, “When in December 1999 ‘Abacha loot’ was made on the pages of newspapers; some of us were very embarrassed. I am baffled that there is something called Abacha loot.
“I was interrogated in a bad manner. I was asked whether I have a foreign account and I said yes, the one I opened when I went to United Kingdom for study.
“In that account then, I had $3,200 and when I was leaving, I left just $10 so it will not become dormant in case I may have a cause to further my studies.
“That was why I challenged Obasanjo and others that if only they know I have an account with the Bank of The North in Nigeria where they are paying my salaries to. I asked them that, if they found any other account I was operating, they should take the money and return it to government cover and expose me to the whole world.
“The fact that they were thieves does not mean that everyone that serves in government is a thief. Some of us can stand and challenge any institution or individual any day any time.
“Stealing is not what you require, but service to the nation that matters. Any money that you cannot use to render service to the people makes the owner illiterate, visionless storekeeper.
“Also, Obasanjo at that time, has spoken about the loot, but I want them to tell Nigerians when the money was lodged in the account”.