Comrade Austin Usman Okai, a renowned Kogi activist, politician, and social commentator, has reacted to news involving the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Yahaya Bello- led administration in Kogi State, where it was confirmed that money meant to offset workers’ salaries was seized and returned to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by the appropriate authority.
” The EFCC has vindicated us, ” the political activist was reported as saying after the EFCC’ s announcement. Yahaya Bello’ s financial actions in the state, in my opinion, are on par with, if not worse than, the Yahoo Yahoo Cartel. ”
Remember that the EFCC announced on Friday that the CBN had acknowledged receipt of the sum of N19, 333, 333. 36 (Nineteen Billion, Three Hundred and Thirty- three Million, Three Hundred and Thirty- three Thousand, Three Hundred and Thirty- three Thousand, Three Hundred and Thirty- three Naira, Thirty- six Kobo) recovered by the EFCC from the Kogi State Salary Bail- out account domiciled.
” This situation has revealed Yahaya Bello’ s depravity and ineptitude towards the government servants and the whole populace of the State, ” Okai stated.
” The EFCC’ s move has justified my continuous opinions about how the Yahaya Bello- led administration is squandering state resources, ” he said, adding that the Governor should be ready for his days in court once his immunity provision expires in 2023.
” Yahaya Bello has failed to spare a thought for government servants who have done all humanly possible to stay quiet despite appalling working circumstances; it’ s sad that civil servants’ salaries have been withheld in order to support his implausible Presidential quest. ”
” A large number of us have been beaten, smashed, and humiliated by security officers seeking to quiet us at any costs and establish a situation suitable to the plundering of the public coffers.
” Though this constitutes a real threat to our life, we have resolved to stay firm and defend what is right, regardless of ” whose ox gets gored. ”
” As we speak, I’ m still on trial for speaking out against huge robbery of public resources, and so many of us are still facing death threats for speaking out against the state’ s abuse of power, ” he continued.
As a result, the activist petitioned the EFCC to investigate further, claiming that the Paris Club Refunds, statutory allocations, and other borrowings were being used to bankroll Yahaya Bello’ s lavish lifestyle and presidential ambitions.