Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has taken a hard swipe at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as he described that the anti-graft agency had become a toothless bulldog after the exit of the pioneer chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.
Speaking during the celebration of his 79th birthday on Saturday, held at the International Conference Centre, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, the ex president who took a brief look at what used to be the EFCC under the Pioneer, Mr Ribadu, and what it is today, concluded regrettably that the Commission was now a “toothless bulldog.”
According to him, gone were the days when the people believed that “the fear of Nuhu Ribadu is the beginning of wisdom”.
The former President, however, advised the Buhari government and stakeholders to take a critical look at the situation that made the agency lose its power to tame corruption and avoid it.
He said, “Honestly, when Nuhu was handling EFCC, he handled it in such a way that people coined the saying that ‘ the fear of Nuhu Ribadu is the beginning of wisdom ‘ and then the question you will ask is, how did we go down? How did we lose that?
“Nuhu Ribadu is still here, he’s still alive. The institution we started together is still there, but what made the institution to become a toothless bulldog? What? And that’s the matter we have to keep looking at, so that we don’t take two steps forward, one step aside and three steps back.”