Go after past corrupt Nigerian leaders, Soyinka tells EFCC

Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Literature Laureate, has urged that for the fight against corruption in Nigeria to be successful, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] need to beam its searchlight on some country’s former leaders.

Soyinka revealed “until we make some of our past leaders walk through those doors of the EFCC new office, the fight against corruption would not have the needed traction.”

He disclosed this on Monday at the opening of a meeting of heads of anticorruption agencies from Commonwealth Africa, in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

Soyinka said he was at the new office building of the anti-corruption agency at the weekend, “to see what will be the modest hospitality” for suspects.

The Nobel laureate disclosed that he asked the EFCC acting chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, for the “presidential wing” of the cells, saying he asked out of his human rights concerns to ensure such personalities are well treated while in detention.

“But Magu said they are an egalitarian organisation that treats people equally,” he stated.

Soyinka also urged that all the money been stolen by former Head of State Sani Abacha should be fully recovered.

He particularly made reference to a leader of a neighbouring country who, he alleged, collected millions for the purpose.

In his opening address, Magu described the presence of his colleagues from Commonwealth African countries for the meeting as an endorsement of Nigeria’s efforts against corruption.

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