… recommends him for national honour, urges President to give him more important national assignments
Following the commencement of the implementation of the Special Investigator’s report by President Tinubu and the takeover of the four banks by the Federal Government, on Wednesday, a coalition of 259 anti-corruption, civil society and human rights groups, Coalition for Transparency and Economic Reforms (COTER), has commended the Special Investigator, Jim Obazee, for a job well done.
Recall that the final report of the Special Investigator submitted to President Tinubu late last December had accused the immediate past governor of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele, of using stolen funds to acquire Union Bank and Keystone Bank through proxies.
COTER, which also gave kudos to President Tinubu for his courage, determination and tenacity, also recommended Obazee for a special national honours and award for successfully discharging the onerous, dangerous and delicate national duty thrusted upon him by the President without entertaining any fear for his life.
COTER’s President, Dr Peter Chima Chukwu and General Secretary, Mallam Auta Ibrahim Koko, stated these in a statement on Wednesday in reaction to the implementation of the report of the Special Investigator which has led to the takeover of the four banks by the Federal Government.
According to them, “Obazee should be singled out by the President as an incorruptible Nigerian who is sacrificing his personal pleasure, liberty to carry out the dangerous national assignment of investigating the rot at the CBN under Emefiele. Obazee is a selfless individual who should be highly commended and recognised for all his sacrifices. Inspite of all the threats to his life and that of his family members by the agents of the corrupt people he’s investigating, he has remained unshaken and undeterred in carrying out his assignment.
“We commend the Federal Government for fishing Obazee out for the job and we urge the President to adequately appreciate him with a special National honour/award.
“The Special Investigator should also be considered for higher national assignments because we have the confidence in him, that he’ll always deliver. Nigeria should not make the mistake of allowing other countries, international agencies and organisations who are watching events in Nigeria now with keen interest to snatch Obazee away from us. Nigeria seriously needs Obazee at this moment of our journey as a nation.”