Former Adamawa State Governor, Mr Boni Haruna, on Thursday confirmed that it was only two weeks to his nomination as minister that Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) cleared him of all the 30 indictments against him in court.
Besides, Haruna who made the disclosure during a ministerial screening exercise by the senate insisted that he would not allow any minister to intimidate him from carrying out his ministerial responsibility if confirmed by the senateupper chamber of the National Assembly.
“I do no see any minister who is so powerful as to not to allow me present a proposal that will benefit the people. I will not be intimidated by any minister in trying to do my work because I will key into the transformation agenda of the president,” he said.
The former governor who had been under EFCC investigation said that he had been exonerated of all the charges against him. “I have been subjected to interrogation by anti-corruption agencies. I was arraigned for over 30 charges but two weeks before my name was sent here, I was exonerated of all the charges.”
The former governor said that it was wrong for an agency of government to be used against those who were in government just to show that you cannot be in government and come out clean.
According to him, my case has shown that it is possible to hold position in government and come out clean since I was cleared of all the charges leveled against me.
The nominee told the senate that the best way to curb corruption in the country was for the country to go through an attitudinal rebirth individually and collectively. He said Nigerians could retrace their steps by embracing honesty of purpose where there was no “hanky panky” or double standards.
Another nominee, Alhaji Abduljelil Adesiyan, in his opening remarks said that he was innocent of the assassination of Chief Bola Ige, a former Attorney General and Minister of Justice. According to Adesiyan, I was wrongly accused and unlawfully detained for three and a half years for something I knew nothing about adding that “I am innocent”.
Two other nominees were also screened by the senate, Dr Khaliru Alhassan (Sokoto) and Dr Tammy Danagogo (Rivers). Out of the 12 ministerial nominees sent to the senate by President Goodluck Jonathan for screening, 10 have been screened and the screening will continue on February 18.
Meanwhile, a mild drama ensued while Sen. Danjuma Goje (Gombe) got up to ask the nominee questions. Goje who seats at the side allocated for senators of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) said he was a senator of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ). This statement apparently infuriated Sen. Smart Adeyemi (PDP-Kogi) who raised a point of order.
Smart referred to the Senate President’s persistent ruling that a matter which was in court could not be debated on the floor of the senate. He said that it was inappropriate for Goje to seat on the PDP section and say he is of the APC thus making reference to a matter which was in court pending a ruling.
Mark, however, said that he understood Adeyemi’s point of order but that he reserved his ruling on it.