Mrs Saraki Is My Sister & Friend… Melaye Explains Why He Was At EFCC Office

The Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Media and Publicity,
Mr. Dino Melaye, has explained why he was at the EFCC office with Mrs Toyin
Saraki, the wife of the Senate President when she  was invited by the commission.
According to him, “The invitation of Mrs. Toyin Saraki by
the EFCC, however, is not a criminal indictment. I will not abandon my friend
because of (a) mere EFCC invitation.
“I also went there as a private investigator and an
anti-corruption crusader to find out the extent of culpability of my sister and
friend since she was not told the content of the petition against her before
her appearance before the EFCC.”

Melaye, in a statement entitled, ‘Stand up for what you
believe in regardless of the popularity or acceptance of your belief,’ which
was obtained by Saturday Punch in Abuja, challenged anyone to controvert his
claim that he had never taken any government contract, be it at the local,
state or federal level.
He said, “I chose to react to the attacks I have received
from my brothers, sisters and fellow citizens because I was seen in the
headquarters of EFCC with my sister, Mrs. Toyin Saraki.
“I will start by saying that my struggle to fight corruption
in Nigeria was not an assignment or a paid job. It was borne out of passion and
desire to build a new Nigeria where justice, equity and egalitarianism become a
new order.
“I was arrested 14 times in one year by the administration
of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan because I desire a country where my
grandchildren (that I may never know) will dwell in a nation where life is
already structured for them.
“I cannot throw away my sacrifice of being beaten and my
clothes torn on the floor of the House of Representatives because of fighting
against corruption. I have come too far to compromise my stand on corruption
and corrupt persons.
“I make bold here to challenge anybody who will controvert
the truth that I have never done any government contract, either at the LG,
state or federal levels. It is not criminal to do so, but he who must come to
equity must come with clean hands.

“If my father is invited by the EFCC, I will go there; if a
prima facie case is established against him, I will shout for his prosecution.
So my great people, I have no regret following my friend and sister to the
EFCC. If you are my friend, you are my friend.”

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