Afenifere, the foremost pro-Yoruba group, has hinted at tribalism in the investigation and likely prosecution the two government officials President Muhammadu Buhari sacked recently for corruption allegations.
One of the two, former NIA Director-General Ayodele Oke, has been invited by the EFCC, and Afenifere believes Aso Rock may be shielding the sacked SGF Lawal Babachir from the north.
In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Yinka Odumakin, the group said the decision of the agency not to invite Lawal puts a question mark on the fidelity of the anti-graft war.
The group also stated that Mr. Abdurasheed Maina, former boss of the Pension Reform Task Team, who has been surreptitiously reinstated into the civil service, must be arrested and prosecuted.
Afenifere accused the Presidency of choreographing the work of the EFCC.
It said Oke and Lawal were suspended the same day, investigated by the same panel and sacked the same day by the President, noting that inviting one and leaving the other shows that the anti-graft war is only effective against vulnerable targets, but toothless against the sacred cows.
“The EFCC must invite Lawal as it goes after Oke. We restate our declaration in Akure that all those who offend the laws must be treated equally before the law no matter their status or origin,” the group said.