My attention has been drawn to a report in the media, credited to Mr Festus Keyamo, to the effect that President Goodluck Jonathan cannot fight corruption and that the appointment of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode as the Director of Media and Publicity of his Presidential Campaign Organisation is a validation of his claim.
For the record, I have decided to respond in disagreement to Mr Keyamo’s position.
Chief Fani-Kayode is in the middle of running a presidential campaign and it is a battle for the heart and soul of our nation. He has more important things to do than to respond to tomfoolery. It is true that Keyamo is prosecuting a case for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Chief Fani-Kayode.
This prosecutor, who obviously cannot make a distinction between persecution and prosecution, must have read his law upside down because the constitution clearly states that every Nigerian is deemed innocent unless and until proven guilty by a court of law.
The most pervasive and brazen act of corruption is for a so-called prosecutor to file false and bogus charges and attempt to destroy the life of an innocent man for no just cause, which is what Keyamo has been trying to do to Chief Fani-Kayode and his family for the last seven years.
Keyamo is a man that is motivated by nothing but malice, pettiness, showmanship and vengeance and when the case is over, we will let the world know the truth.
He has failed to achieve his objectives and he will continue to fail because Chief Fani-Kayode is innocent of any wrongdoing. They initially claimed that he stole N19.5 billion of the Aviation Intervention Fund but this was thrown out by the courts for want of evidence.
After that, in 2008, Keyamo filed a bogus 47-count money laundering charge on behalf of the Farida Waziri-led EFCC in which he claimed that Chief Fani-Kayode had laundered N200 million.
In 2014, he reduced it to a 40-count charge and reduced the amount that was allegedly laundered from N200 million to N99 million. Earlier this year, 38 of those 40 counts, which collectively represented the sum of N97 million, were thrown out by the courts for want of evidence. The remaining two counts, which represent the sum of N1 million each, will be defended on February 23rd and 24th.
Chief Fani-Kayode looks forward to that date because he is innocent and he has every confidence in God and the Nigerian judiciary. What people like Keyamo fail to appreciate is that the days of prosecuting people on the pages of newspapers without any hard evidence and trying to intimidate innocent people with the EFCC are long over.
This is an era in which only those that have committed any crimes or indulged in any wrongdoing have everything to fear. If Keyamo feels that Chief Fani-Kayode has done anything wrong, he should provide the necessary evidence and prove it in a court of law rather than spend his time mouthing off on the pages of newspapers.
Special Assistant on Media to Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.