From Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti
Legal icon and rights activist, Femi Falana, yesterday dismissed insinuations that he wanted to contest the 2018 Ekiti gubernatorial election, saying that it was ridiculous and demeaning for anyone to link him with people eyeing the Ekiti State Government House. He said such position was too provincial for his person, considering the worth of accomplishments across the world.
The Lagos-based senior lawyer also advised the Federal government to urgently adopt new strategies in fighting corruption, saying that stolen money stashed in banks was bigger than the ones in private houses. He said that there was need to spread the anti-graft tentacles to the activities of certain agencies of government, usually regarded as “money spinning.”
Falana said government needed to adopt new strategies regarding its whistle-blowing policy, in such a manner that it would not be limited to exposing places where questionable monies belonging to the public were hidden, but also include exposing documents capable of helping in tracking non-liquid cash kept in various financial institutions in Nigeria and abroad
Falana made the call in his country home in Ilawe-Ekiti, in Ekiti South West Local Government Area of Ekiti State. He noted that government would be shocked to discover that monies in the custody of chief executives of some establishments were worth billions being as some of them were currently being unearthed in some rooms and apartments across the country.
He noted that doing so would also further give credibility to the anti-corruption drive of the present government as well as help expose those he referred to as incurably hardened than the conventional armed robbers.
He particularly asked President Muhammadu Buhari to beam his searchlight on a most recent report of the Nigerian Extractive Industry Initiative, (NEITI) which he said gave shocking revelations about certain alleged reckless financial transactions, running into billions of dollars, carried out in some agencies of government that had links with oil and gas exploration.