An intent to allow due process prevail, has been adduced as the main reason President Muhammadu Buhari is keeping his lips sealed on cases of corruption in his administration, says Chief Okoi Obono Obla, the Special Assistant to the President on Prosecutions.
He stressed that the Ministry of Health and Senate panels, which Investigated the Executive Secretary, of the National Health Insurance Scheme and the Secretary General to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal lacked the prerequisite powers to investigate crime.
Chief Obono Obla said: “The Senate that attempted to investigate it did not have the power (to do so). It cannot investigate crime; the Senate can only carry out its oversight function to expose corruption, inefficiency, maladministration in the process of lawmaking.
“It (The Senate) should report to the ICPC; it should report to the EFCC. An administrative panel of inquiry (led by Professor Osinbajo) has submitted its report to the President. After that, a committee would be set up to review and then come out with a White Paper.
“It is not automatic. A White Paper would be the government’s position on the issue. The committee can make 10 recommendations and the White Paper may accept two. So, the President is in that process of coming out with a report.
“So, the President must follow due process before coming to a conclusion. Even if that report comes out, the President does not have powers to investigate the crime.
“The Nigeria Police Force, EFCC, ICPC, and so on are the only bodies that have powers to investigate the crime.That matter has to be investigated and if a case is established, then that person can be taken to court. Nigerians must just be patient”, said Chief Obla.