A group, Igbo Progressive Initiative (IPI), has accused the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation,(AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN), of instigating the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.
The group, which is made up of Igbo people in the diaspora, alleged that the EFCC supervised by the Office of the AGF, had made efforts to frustrate the credibility of the eminent businessman and former Abia State governor.
Dr. Raphael Agwu, President General of the group in a statement on Sunday, stated that Malami alongside Vice President Yemi Osinbajo were manipulating the EFCC in a desperate bid to stop Orji Kalu from succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari
He said, “It is a shame that the Attorney General of Federation, Mallam Abubakar Malami, is manipulating the EFCC to concoct fresh charges against Orji Uzor Kalu in a bid to stop him from succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari. It is and have always been about 2023 presidential election.
“Malami having noticed that Kalu is President Muhammadu Buhari’s favourite in 2023 is conniving with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo by using the EFCC against Orji Uzor Kalu who is generally accepted by all Nigerians.
“It is imperative to remind Malami that power is transient. He should be reminded that he won’t be AGF forever. Another government would come and investigate his dirty deals. We know him too well and we have his records. Malami was not rich before becoming the AGF. Since he became the AGF, he has been buying landed properties across the country with public funds. We know banks and places he has money.
“It is only in a country like Nigeria where corrupt elements like Malami would abuse his office by using it to intimidate others. We are aware that he is working with Yemi Osinbajo and others who are afraid of the Senate Chief Whip.
“Before Malami puts his head in Orji Kalu’s affairs, he should ask questions on what happened to others. Kalu is a destined child and anyone trying to stop him will be stopped first. Those who tried to tarnish his image with EFCC and prison has learnt their lessons. Unless Malami is deaf and blind, he should continue instigating the EFCC. People like Kalu who is an employer of labour; a man who doled out N500 million and N100 million to his former party and Olusegun Obasanjo concurrently in 1998 deserves some respect.
“If Malami loves Nigeria and President Buhari as he claims, he should throw his weight behind the President’s choice. Kalu is a good man and the most detrabilised Nigerian alive. He has the economic and political capacity to lead the country. He is the only man from the South that can unite this country and hold it together”, he said