By Onyedika Agbedo
As far as people like us are concerned, we don’t think this government has done anything much in this corruption war. That they suspended the SGF, who has been accused of corruption for so many months, is not something that the government should be praised for. Besides, who are members of the committee to investigate the allegations against the SGF? These are the same set of people in the government who cleared the man before. It’s like being a judge in your own case.
So, it is still the same style of governance that we were running away from that we are still practicing in the APC government. There are so many things one can talk about. Look at the kind of money they discovered in an apartment in Osborne Towers, about N13 billion. They are now telling us it’s NIA that owns it. How can a government parastatal like the NIA, which is domiciled in the Presidency, keep that amount of money in a residential house? Nigerians are now moving about as if nothing happened whereas there are some countries that do not budget up to that amount in a year. So, this particular administration has failed in any manner one can think of governance. There is nothing special about the suspension of the SGF. Anybody praising what the President has done can do so because people have a right to say whatever they like. But as far as we are concerned it is no issue.
– Chief Willy Ezugwu, Secretary General, Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP)
The war against corruption should be fought as announced by those who said they are fighting it. So, it is not the business of anybody who is not a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Anti-corruption is the business of the APC and President Buhari. Let them fight the war the way they want to fight it and announce to Nigerians the way they have been going about it. As far as I’m concerned, what has happened is not anybody’s problems; it is Buhari and APC’s problem.
– Chief Ebenezer Babatope, former Minister of Transport and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Well our position right from inception is that we support the war against corruption totally; and that we commend the President for making the anti-corruption an integral part of what he wants to achieve in office. But at the same time we urge him, knowing what Nigeria is, not to be personally involved in such a way that those that are close to him may even become more corrupt that those his administration is persecuting; and then it becomes his obligation to shield them and that would mean not doing exactly what he promised Nigerians that he would do. That’s why we have been saying that the war against corruption should be holistic and not diversionary. Now, with the suspension of the SGF, we want to say that it is coming around a little. The SGF should have been brought to book a long time ago. If it were somebody from the other side, he would have been brought to justice immediately the Senate indicted him. So going forward, he should empower the anti-corruption agencies in such a way that they do their jobs without being riddled with sycophancy and nepotism but exactly as mandated. He should also ensure that they get commendation in what they do right.
– Chief Guy Ikokwu, Second Republic politician and chieftain of Ohanaeze Ndigbo