'3 Govs Trial, A Phony Exercise'

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The trial of the three former governors, Gbenga Daniel, Adebayo Alao-Akala and Aliyu Akwe Doma, of Ogun, Oyo and Nassarawa states, respectively, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has been described as a mere propaganda by the Federal Government to hoodwink Nigerians to believe that the phantom war against corruption is alive.

Barrister Bamidele Aturu, a human rights activist, said this while commenting on the state of the nation at a press conference on Monday, in Lagos.

He called on Nigerias to take the war against corruption with a frenzy which has not been seen before, against the corrupt politicians. Aturu urged the clerics to always reject whatever the corrupt politicians bring to the house of worship.

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Aturu called on the federal and state governments to stop wasting public funds on the pretence of sponsoring people on pilgrimage, which he described as perenial looting of public resources.

He commended Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for not joining the train of other governors for what he called “annual frittering away of public funds on pilgrimage,” saying that it does not make sense for government to be sponsoring individuals for their private religious projects in a secular state.

—Paul Sanusi