Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, has uncovered that the late Mustapha Akanbi did not initially acknowledge to end up as Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) when he was named for the post.
Akanbi, pioneer Chairman of ICPC and Ex President of the Court of Appeal, kicked the bucket on Sunday, aged 85.
In a sympathy message routed to the Akanbi family, Obasanjo reviewed how he delegated the late legal scholar in 2000 however he had intense time persuading him to acknowledge it.
“I experienced a most thorough scan for another authority that will take the ICPC to the stature I wanted for the Commission. Of around 10 individuals I looked for counsel from, seven pointed at Justice Mustapha Akanbi,” he said.
“His experience was impressively modest, unassuming, and overflowing with patent trustworthiness and honesty.Despite the fact that it wasn’t a simple undertaking to have the capacity to persuade or convince him to acknowledge the errand. I needed to utilize all energy of influence available to me to move him to yield.
“With Justice Akanbi accountable for ICPC, I didn’t need to stress over how well. He was, obviously, a hand-on administrator. It is obvious that without precedent for the historical back-down of Nigeria, the joined and corresponding endeavors of ICPC under him and EFCC under Nuhu Ribadu made Nigerians and non-Nigerians to realize that debasement can be placed in line and put to flight.
“The two commissions raised the expectation of Nigerians that this nation can get to where and be what God has made it to be if the authority is correct and the will with responsibility is there.”
He portrayed Akanbi’s passing as a major misfortune yet said it was difficult to address God.
“In a nation like our own which is copiously enriched with stars and frontiersmen, Justice Akanbi was a loyalist who transmitted peace inside our national space and past,” he said.
“He was a recognized Nigerian, a symbol, a paragon of rightness and integrity, whose life is dedicated completely to the administration of his country. He was a good example and a patriot.
“He will be recorded by history as a Nigerian who typifies all the high purposes of our national accomplishments, and one of the extremely uncommon type of residents who have joined aggregate devotion, duty and greatness in every single national undertaking they have occupied with.
“These clarify his conferment with the decoration of the Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFR) and arrangement, in the year 2000 by me as an equitably chose President of Nigeria, to head the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC), a body vested with the statutory obligation of fighting the discomfort of debasement inside the Nigerian country.
“He was an independent man who worked for himself a most rousing, notwithstanding threatening profile as an impressive legal scholar, an exhaustive reproduced researcher and a commendable pacesetting chairman.
“His gallant commitments to national improvement and solidarity will stay evergreen in the records of our history. I supplicate that the Almighty God will in His vast kindness give every one of us that are related with him and the close family the mettle to shoulder this hopeless misfortune. May He (Almighty Allah) excuse his transgressions and give his spirit everlasting rest.”