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    Abbey: You’re right. If the EFCC wanted to dotnesmrated its independence from Obasanjo, Babangida would be in Kiri Kiri. Howver, I wonder if the fact that he is still a free man is also an illustration of the infancy of Nigeria’s democratic system? Is it better to allow certain Big Boys to go ‘scott free’ until the government gains its feet? Think of Chile and the immunity given to Pinochet and his cronies as a negotiation tool to wrestle democracy from the military. Please stop by with more thoughts on the country you ‘claim’ to not give a rat’s ass about. You and I both know you care more than you [email protected] Dee: Thanks for pointing us to the HRW document. Will check it out this weekend. I agree with you that Nigerian Corruption must be defined. Only then will we, as a people, be able to effectively, tackle it. I am hoping that on some level, this is a starting point. Nilla noted ‘favors’ and ‘business’ and its like the US Supreme Court’s inability to clearly define pornography except for a “I know it when I see it” approach.Like yourself and many others, I am concerned that the EFCC, which should be beyond repproach,has lost credibility and will eventually become infected by the disease it sought to cure. I realize that the mere perception by a significant amount of Nigerians that the EFCC is a tool of Obasanjo’s has defeated the very reasonit was created. Anyway, we all have to start somewhere and stumble and fall. As a believer in the relevancy of institutions for the development and strengthening of democracy and democratic principles, I can only hope that future governments will not shy away from the need to tackle corruption via institutions that are stronger and better than EFCC.


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