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Buhari Using Anti-Corruption War Against Opponents – Afenifere

Kingsley Kanayo

Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of fighting corruption the same way former President Olusegun Obasanjo did.

Adebanjo said during an interview that Obasanjo only fought corruption when he wanted to crush his political opponents.

He said Obasanjo used the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to harass all his political opponents under the guise of fighting corruption.

The 88-year-old said Buhari had already started fighting corruption in a similar fashion.

Adebanjo said this while reacting to an allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party that the EFCC was only probing ex-PDP governors while ex-All Progressives Congress governors like Babatunde Fashola and Rotimi Amaechi, who had been accused of corruption, were being rewarded with ministerial appointments.

The Afenifere leader said he would continue to support Buhari’s anti-corruption agency as long as it was fair and transparent.

He said, “When fighting corruption, you must not be partisan. This particular one looks like a vendetta. He should immediately make amends. This is obviously partisan and I am not happy about that.

“We want a clean country. As Buhari said, if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us. However, it must not look like a vendetta. This was how Obasanjo did during his time. He went after only those that were against his political ambition.

“Things like this could rubbish any anti-corruption campaign.”

Adebanjo urged the EFCC to investigate the ex-APC governors that had also been accused of corruption so as to ensure balance.

Meanwhile, the lawmaker representing Ojo federal constituency of Lagos State, Tajudeen Obasa, has urged Buhari to fight corruption for sustenance of development and progress of the nation.

Obasa appealed to him to beam his searchlight beyond the members of the PDP for his fight against corruption to look genuine and not be seen as political vendetta.

In a statement on Monday, he said the only way to defeat corruption was to block leakages and develop foolproof systems.

The statement read, “During the PDP’s rule at the centre, Nigerians can attest to the fact that the majority of those prosecuted for corruption were members of the PDP. Not that there was no corruption in the opposition camp but for the fight against corruption to be effective, the ruling party needs to clean inside before coming outside to fight this ugly menace.

“Several petitions are flying around against members of the APC. The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders has been calling for the probe of a former governor. Also, don’t let us forget the allegation in Yobe State, what about Rivers State? I would be glad if this fight against corruption is targeted at building a better nation. Right now, it is just a jamboree to tame the opposition.”

 

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