The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, on Monday said that President Goodluck Jonathan’s “body language” did not indicate that he had the political will to stem corruption in the country.
He also decried Jonathan’s penchant for setting up committees to probe corruption allegations and what he termed “the culture of undue secrecy surrounding the operation of government.”
Tambuwal listed the oil subsidy and Security and Exchange Commission scandals, the Pension scam as well as the Oduaghate, to buttress his allegation of Jonathan’s perceived paying of lip service to the war against graft.
The speaker also came hard on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission accusing it of being corrupt.
He was reacting to issues raised during the question and answer session at an event organised by the Nigerian Bar Association to mark the 2013 International Anti-corruption Day in Abuja.
But the Presidency said it was unfortunate that a man occupying a high office as the speaker could judge the President by body language.
Tambuwal had said, “The Executive, by constituting committees to investigate what ordinarily would have been investigated by the EFCC, the ICPC (Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission) and the Code of Conduct Bureau, is engaged in a duplication of effort.


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