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by Victor Ndubuisi
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Osita Okechukwu, the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), has welcomed the selection of Olanipekun Olukoyede as the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Okechukwu, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja that Okukoyede’s appointment is a game changer in the fight against corruption.

The VON head urged those opposed to Olukoyede’s appointment to lay down their swords and let the new anti-graft czar to settle down and work for the country.

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Okechukwu stated that it was not uncommon for a dispute to emerge following the nomination to an important and strategic position such as the chairman of the EFCC, regardless of whether the appointment complied with existing legislation.

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He said: “One has carefully taken a cursory analysis of the raging debate and came to the inevitable conclusion that Ola Olukoyede’s traducers had forgotten the famous and ageless maxim of the foremost physician of all time, Albert Einstein.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

“Olukoyede’s appointment was a remedy as EFCC was formed to provide an alternative for higher performance in waging the Herculean anti-graft war crusade.

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“Therefore, his appointment from the fraud angle of the noble legal profession is an appropriate alternative for reforms. Doing otherwise is akin to doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

On the legality of his credentials, Okechukwu stated that Olukoyede’s cognate experience is unrivalled, having led the EFCC administration and committed the last two decades to battling corruption.

The APC chieftain remarked that he expected better outcomes from Olukoyede and asked him to always complete investigations meticulously in order to avoid media trials.

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He also admonished him to immediately begin fine-toothed comb investigations to unearth billions of dollars taken from Nigeria’s commonwealth and stashed overseas.

He added: “As the intendment of the law is that emphasis should be laid on cognate experience. The reforms contemplated by the Renewed Agenda of President Tinubu can only be achieved under an informed insider with requisite legal tools, not a learner. That, to me, is the essential thrust of Olukoyede’s appointment.

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“Having served as a member of the Technical Committee of the Presidential Advisory Council on Corruption, as well as a member of the Technical Committee on the Repositioning of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), he should, with fine combs, fish out billions of dollars stashed abroad, and bail Nigerians out of the economic quagmire and debt burden; for common sense dictates that it cannot be only Gen Abacha’s loot.”

 

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