Going by recent reports, president Muhammadu Buhari may have given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) the go-ahead to investigate former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
The President’s special assistant on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, in a chat on Friday, March 11, had hinted that there was no secret agreement between the present and past presidents to exempt Jonathan from being among the list of corrupt people to be probed by this administration.
The President does not teleguide the EFCC in any way.
Adesina had said while responding to questions on whether the EFCC would seek the consent of President Buhari before probing Jonathan.
In a related development, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu said “there is no secret pact between President Buhari and any past President.
If you know or understand him, President Buhari is not the kind of person who will go into secret agreements. He is open about everything he does.
The war against corruption is open-ended. Nobody knows how it will end.
But the President is not on a witch hunt. If you remember his acceptance speech after being announced as the winner of the 2015 general elections, he said without any equivocation that he would not victimise or subject anyone to witch hunt.
One thing very clear from the way he has carried on with the war against corruption is that past officials of government have a window to return looted funds to avoid investigation and trials which may be drawn out and sometimes inimical to the exercise.
People can help themselves and help the country without being noisy about anything.
The President is aware that he is under watch, locally and internationally, in his handling of the war against corruption.
Whatever international support he will get will depend on how open and effective his government is in carrying out the anti-graft war.
To that extent, the war against corruption knows neither friend nor foe.