Former head of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd) says President Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade is neither sectional nor selective as some Nigerians were claiming.
Abdulsalami, speaking at the 2016 summit of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) in Abuja on Tuesday, July 26, also called on Nigerians to support the current effort of the federal government to fight corruption in public service.
According to Leadership, he said Nigerians were not sincere enough about the anti-corruption campaign, adding that there was nothing sectional or selective in the current fight against corruption.
He said: “It is nothing like sectional, it has to start from somewhere. If, of course on the way, you find anybody in particular, I cannot see it as sectional as some people think. For one thousand miles, we have to start with a step. If someone is found to be corrupt, definitely he has to be handled that way.”
“But that is the problem of Nigeria, this diversity. If I am found to be corrupt, I run to my people and will say this Yoruba man is dealing with me. If I am a Yoruba, I will say this Igbo man is dealing with me. It is wrong, we are not sincere. Nothing sectional or selective in the current fight against corruption,” he said.
The Punch reports that the former head of state also challenged professional bodies in Nigeria to sanction their members who aided and abetted corrupt tendencies.
He urged professional bodies to eliminate quackery in their professions, adding that Nigeria had continued to lose several lives and property as a result of the activities of quacks.
Meanwhile, former president Olusegun Obasanjo recently held a close-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock, Abuja and part of what was discussed centred on Senate President Bukola Saraki, according to Sahara Reporters.
Obasanjo had told journalists that he was at the Presidential Villa to relay a message to Buhari, but also had the opportunity to slam the National Assembly members as lacking integrity.
Fresh reports from Sahara Reporters indicates that Obasanjo actually gave Buhari some strategies to get embattled Saraki removed from office.
Quoting a source privy to the development, the report said at the meeting which lasted about two hours, Obasanjo told Buhari that it would be very difficult for the president to achieve his goal for Nigeria if he continued to tolerate a corrupt leadership at the National Assembly.