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EFCC, ICPC became politicised after I left office –Obasanjo

EFCC, ICPC became politicised after I left office –Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Saturday that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission became politicised after he left office in 2007.

Obasanjo stated this during the 2017 annual public lecture of the Dorcas Oke Hope Alive Initiative, titled, ‘Corruption and the challenge of the African child.’

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He said, “When I was elected President in 1999, my administration took the issue of corruption very seriously and we established anti-corruption agencies like the EFCC and ICPC. They were given the needed support to fight corruption and they did their best.

“But after we left office, they became politicised and weakened to a level that they were unable to provide their services. In fact, one of the governors, who was jailed for corruption, was supposed to find a replacement for EFCC boss then Nuhu Ribadu. You know the type of replacement he would bring.”

He added that Nigerian youths were the ones bearing the brunt of corrupt leadership in the country.

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