Presidency Flays Lamido’s Criticism of Buhari’s Anti-corruption War
The Presidency yesterday condemned former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido’s criticism of President Muhamadu Buhari’s anti-corruption fight. The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, spoke in reaction to Lamido’s series of interviews against the policy.
According to him, it was a reflection of the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the opposition in the country. Shehu warned that the act was a grand plan by politicians to destroy national institutions such as the courts, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and others bodies.
He said: “It is only in Nigeria that a leader would divert money belonging to the public into his children’s account, and turn round to start pontificating on public morals. In the process, they subject the nation’s honest leadership to daily attacks based on falsehood.
“It is even worse that such a person, facing criminal prosecution would start going round saying he wants to be president. Is this not one of the reasons why other countries are laughing at Nigeria? This is hooliganism. It is not opposition politics.”
As stated by the Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG): “The country’s war against corruption, which is spearheaded by the EFCC was incidentally formulated by the past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s administration. It is a tragic irony that the leaders of the same party are doing their utmost to weaken or destroy it. Is that why he is seeking to lead the country?”
The spokesman added that time and again, Buhari had lamented that strongmen had destroyed the country’s strong institutions, adding that it would take strong men to also rebuild them.
He stressed that the president deserves the support of everyone to rebuild such institutions because they are serving a common good. Shehu appealed to the opposition politicians to give Buhari the support he needs to rebuild national institutions that had either been stifled or destroyed.
He challenged Lamido to convince Nigerians that his trenchant attacks against the government and the judiciary was not a smokescreen to becloud the atmosphere of his criminal prosecution.
Shehu said it was indeed ironic that a politician seeking the leadership of the country could make a mockery of its leaders and institutions. He stressed that the citizens are happy with Buhari, whom they voted for as the watchman of people’s wealth.
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