breaking :- Buhari Is The Father Of Corruption” – APC Chieftain

Samuel Awoyinfa, Femi Makinde, Success
Nwogu, Simon Utebor, Alexander Okere,
Peter Dada, Hindi Livinus, Gibson Achonu,
Clement Nnachi and Olaide
OyeludeChieftains of the All Progressives
Congress in some states of the federation
have asked President Muhammadu Buhari
to sack the suspended Secretary to the
Government of the Federation Babachir
Lawal, the suspended Executive Secretary
of the National Health Insurance Scheme,
Prof. Usman Yusuf, and the suspended
Director-General of the National
Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, to save his
anti-graft war.

In separate interviews with Saturday
PUNCH, the chieftains made the calls
against the backdrop of several probe
reports submitted to the Presidency, which
they said appeared to have indicted the
affected top government officials of corrupt
practices.

The APC chieftains warned that the
President’s inaction on the reports of the
panels that investigated the trio could
erode his integrity, bring down his
government and kill his anti-corruption
campaign.

An APC chieftain in Adamawa State, Mark
Wosi, who called for the sacking of the
indicted government officials, said from all
indications, Buhari was stalling on the
issues because the men involved were his
loyalists.

Wosi said, “You can’t keep telling us you
are fighting corruption while there are
corruption allegations against people
around you and yet you can’t do anything
about it. This only means you are the
father of corruption. The integrity of
President Muhammadu Buhari is now in
doubt with all these fraud cases under his
nose.”

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had on
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, submitted to
the Presidency the report of the committee
that investigated allegations of corruption
against Lawal and Oke.

Similarly, a committee set up by the
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole,
had discovered that frauds to the tune of
N919m allegedly took place under Yusuf,
who had spent less than a year at the NHIS.
The report was then sent to the President
on September 4.

While Oke was supposed to have proceeded
on pre-retirement leave from August as his
tenure ends in November, there has been
no official decision by Buhari on
allegations against the NIA boss.

In view of this, the Chairman, House of
Representatives’ Committee on Justice, Mr.
Razaq Atunwa, called on the President to
sack and prosecute the affected
government officials.

Atunwa, who is representing Asa/Ilorin
West Federal Constituency in the National
Assembly, said Buhari’s delay in taking
action was portraying his government in
bad light, adding that the reports on the
top government functionaries must not be
swept under the carpet.

He said, “If someone has committed a
financial crime or fraud, he must not only
be dismissed from office but be made to
face the music. It is for the court to decide
if the person is guilty of that offence or
not.”

An APC chieftain in Ogun State, Chief Bode
Mustapha, said if the report of the findings
indicted the SGF, he would expect the
President to immediately act on it.
He said, “We don’t need this kind of
suspense now. It is capable of bringing
President Muhammadu Buhari’s
administration into disrepute.

“He (Buhari) is allowing the Peoples
Democratic Party to have a field day in
accusing the APC of shielding corrupt
people, whether rightly or wrongly. This is
a big shame.”

Mustapha said beyond pronouncements,
there was a need to strengthen the anti-
corruption institutions.

“It is high time the President took the bull
by horns. Since he has made
pronouncements in the case of the
Abdulrasheed Maina (a former chairman of
the Presidential Task Force on Pension
Reform) by sacking him, he should also do
the same thing on Lawal, Yusuf and
others.”

The factional Chairman of the APC in
Ebonyi State, Mr. Ben Nwaobasi, said
sacking the affected government officials
would lend credence to the anti-graft
campaign of the Federal Government.
He said, “Nobody should be condoned; any
person who runs afoul of the law and
indulges in corrupt practices should be
made to face the full weight of the law. All
those who have a hand in any corrupt
practice should be punished.”
An APC leader in Osun State, Mr. Amitolu
Shitu, also asked the President to sack
Lawal and Yusuf over the allegations of
corruption levelled against them.
Shitu, who is also the coordinator of
DeRaufs (a pro-Governor Rauf Aregbesola
group), said the anti-corruption war of this
administration had failed and that the
President had failed many Nigerians, who
voted for him to rid the nation of
corruption.

Shitu said, “President Muhammadu Buhari
was voted in because of his stance on
corruption. He was seen as a man of
integrity and a leader, who would fight
corruption, which has prevented Nigeria
and Nigerians from developing.

“Unfortunately, he has failed in his anti-
corruption war. He failed, not because he
is stealing money, but because he allowed
corrupt politicians around him to hijack
governance from him and run the affairs of
the nation with impunity.

“It is not enough for the President to
suspend the SGF and the NHIS boss, I
believe he should sack them. And not only
these two officials, there are others who
were accused of corruption. Nothing has
been done against them.

“Buhari’s campaign against corruption has
failed and the rate of corruption now is so
alarming.”

He, however, stated that the President
could renew the hope of Nigerians in him
by sacking and prosecuting any of his close
aides and allies accused of corruption.

In like manner, a chieftain of Buhari’s
party in Ondo State, who spoke with our
correspondent on condition of anonymity
for fear of being accused of an anti-party
misdemeanour, condemned the President’s
silence on the various allegations of fraud
against some government officials.

The party chieftain alleged that a cabal in
the Presidency had become uncontrollable
by Buhari, saying most of the suspected
fraud cases were, in one way or another,
connected to some members of the cabal,
“making it impossible for the President to
act on the cases.”

He said, “I think the silence of Mr.
President on those issues is deliberate
because it involves some of his boys. But as
a matter of fact, these matters are
rubbishing our party. How could the
President be silent on fraud cases in his
government when we had told Nigerians
that we wanted to fight corruption?
“The problem of Mr. President is that he is
not in charge; it is the cabal that is
controlling him and any matter that
involves members of the cabal or their
friends may not see the light of the day.

“If the President still wants Nigerians to
respect him and his administration, he
should do something about the fraud cases
involving Lawal, Oke and others. Some of
us in the party are also not happy about
what is going on.”

Another APC chieftain in Edo State and a
former House of Representatives member,
Mr. Ehiogie West-Idahosa, equally
supported the call for the sacking of Lawal
and others.

He said, “As far as the SGF is concerned,
we do know that there is a report which is
pending, but nobody knows whether it will
be presented at the end of the President’s
tenure. I think the President is going to
have a big albatross around his neck if he
does not do away with the SGF.

“You can see how that suspension was
celebrated. You could see the controversy
associated with that person. And I think
the safest bet for him (Buhari) is to
renounce that appointment and get
somebody else in order to save himself
some credibility.”

West-Idahosa noted that it would be
debatable if the President can be re-elected
in case of an election today because people
expected him to fight corruption.

In Bayelsa State, Chief Richard Kpodo, an
APC chieftain, who is a former Interim
Chairman of the party in the state, said the
President should sack them if he found
them culpable, saying such would dispel
insinuations that the anti-corruption war
had been one-sided.”

However, Kpodo said, ‘’The President is a
very busy man and I think he is taking his
time to study the reports, but if he finds
them guilty, he must not hesitate to sack
them as he did Alhaji Abdulrasheed
Maina.’’

In Owerri, the Imo State capital, the former
(Legal) Adviser to Governor Rochas
Okorocha, Prof. Francis Dike, SAN, also told
Saturday PUNCH that the President’s delay
in taking decisions on sensitive issues like
Lawal and Yusuf would make tongues to
wag as well as affect the President’s
mantra of zero tolerance for corruption.

In his view, however, another chieftain of
the APC in Ondo State, Dr. Tunji Abayomi,
advised that anti-corruption fight should
not only be seen as Buhari’s responsibility
but everybody’s.

But, childhood friend of the President, Aba
Alli, who is a former senator in the Second
Republic, said the President would never
joke with the issue of corruption. He
described the allegations against Yusuf as
an “internal matter between the minister
and the NHIS boss.”

He said, “You and I don’t know what the
report (on the SGF) contains. President
Buhari is taking his time so that he would
be fair to all concerned.”

However, the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi
Osinbajo, who spoke at the Greater Nigeria
Pastors Conference in Lagos, on Friday,
noted that the President would soon
address the SGF and the NIA DG’s cases.

“As for the SGF, DG of NIA matter, the
president will decide on that soon. The SGF
remains suspended and the president will
speak on that very soon but I cannot tell
when,” he noted.
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