Why I thank Jonathan for sacking me as EFCC chairman – Farida Waziri

A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Farida Waziri, has said that she will kneel down to thank former President Goodluck Jonathan for sacking her as the commission’s boss.

Waziri said she was glad that Jonathan kicked her out of office.

She said had she not been sacked by the ex-President, she would have been traumatised by now, given the ongoing revelation of alleged grand corruption that took place under the last administration.

The ex-EFCC boss said this during an interaction with journalists in Lagos at the weekend.

Waziri was asked to react to the revelation about the alleged corruption that took place under Jonathan’s watch.

She said, “I’m only glad that those things didn’t happen under my watch as the EFCC Chairman because it would have been too traumatic for me.

“And that is why if I see President Jonathan today, I will kneel down to thank him for the honour done me by removing me as the EFCC Chairman at the time he did.

“My first strong premonition of what was ahead was when I began the probe of the monumental oil subsidy fraud going on then.”

“I came to Lagos on a vital intelligence on the subsidy scam and as soon as I arrested a key culprit, I got a call from the Presidential Villa asking me to release the suspect, because, in their words, ‘he is our person’, but I refused to let him off and days after, I was removed from office,” Waziri was quoted to have said.

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