Toyin Saraki, wife of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Zainab Dakingari, daughter of late President Umaru Yar’adua have been invited for questioning by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over alleged misappropriation of funds as first ladies during their husbands’ tenure as the governors of Kwara and Kebbi states, respectively.
This begins a new spate of first ladies’ probes as the commission has also invited wives of some other former governors for similar interrogations. It may not be out of place to invite the big bosslady herself, Dame Patience Jonathan, unless of course the Jonathan household has a pact with the new administration as rumoured in the final days of the March presidential elections, which Buhari won.
Zainab Dakingari will appear before EFCC interrogators on July 27 to answer queries on how certain N2 billion state funds were allegedly mismanaged under her, while Toyin Saraki will appear on July 28 in relation to some contracts said to be executed by some companies linked to her as the first lady of Kwara State.
If EFCC isn’t playing to the gallery with this spate of invitations to former first ladies in order to just be seen as working, but does actually have enough evidence to try them in court and of course win in court, the triumph of the law over the abuse of office by presidents and governors who foist their wives on the state and its treasury would be affirmed.
However, if none of these former first ladies is guilty of misappropriation of state funds, Buhari has to do something fast about the EFCC, the ICPC and other anti-graft institutions in the country.