Former chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Farida Waziri has disowned a letter purportedly written by her pleading with former President Olusegun Obasanjo prevail on President Goodluck Jonathan to renew her tenure in office for a second term.
Mrs Waziri said the letter was a “total forgery” and threatened to seek legal redress against those responsible for the forgery.
“The letter is a total forgery. I had no such contact or communication with former President Obasanjo,” she said in response to an enquiry. “I might consider legal action against them because what they have done is criminal.”
In the letter dated June 24, 2011, and printed on a purported EFCC official headed paper, Mrs Waziri allegedly promised to bring former Ogun State governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel to book for his “atrocities” and “insult” to the former president which resulted in his daughter, Senator Iyabode Obasanjo losing her election to the Senate for a second term.
The sudden emergence of the letter followed on the heels of recent war of words between former President Obasanjo and Mrs Waziri over her credibility and performance during her tenure as head of the EFCC.
In separate interviews granted Zero Tolerance, a magazine published by the EFCC media unit, Mr. Obasanjo picked holes with Mrs Waziri’s appointment by questioning her competence for the anti-corruption top job.
He also stated that information at his disposal suggested that Mrs Waziri was head hunted by a former Delta State governor, James Ibori, who is currently in jail for corruption.
But Mrs Waziri denied the claims by the former president insisting that she was very qualified to head the anti-graft agency. She also threatened to expose Mr Obasanjo’s shady dealings.
The sender of the letter she allegedly wrote to Mr Obasanjo made it clear the note was in response to the threat to expose Mr Obasanjo.
Mrs Waziri disclaimed the content of the letter and accused a “corrupt US-based lawyer and a UK-based blogger” of collaborating to forge the letter and circulating it on the Internet.
See letter below