From Linus Oota, Lafia
Elder statesman and former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Prof. Tam David-West, has alleged that the President Muhammadu Buhari government is dominated by corrupt people. He urged the president to kick them out of his government.
David-West, who spoke to our correspondent at the weekend, after being conferred with honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc) by the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, during the institution’s 5th combined convocation ceremony, said Buhari, as a person, was very clean, “but the people around him are corrupt.”
He said: “The president is my friend and I always tell him the people around him are corrupt. Buhari is clean. I have worked with him and I can enter fire because of him; but a lot of people around him are very corrupt and until he kicks them out of his government, the country cannot move forward. Nigeria is a great country
“There are a lot of people using government positions to influence things for themselves. When I was minister of petroleum, I had only three refineries and I was exporting petrol and the country was moving on well. President Buhari needs to clean up his house.”
On the probe of Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal, Prof David-West said: “If the SGF loves Buhari, he would have resigned. I did not influence any contract to my favour or steal money when I was in government. People even made fun of me, that I was taking only tea.”