- Senator Bukola Saraki has criticised President Buhari's war against corruption
- The Senate president said it war was mere propaganda
- The PDP chieftain said those around Buhari should have faced the law
The Senate president, Bukola Saraki has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war as propaganda saying it is not realistic.
In an interview with Channels TV, the director-general of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign claimed evidence showed the country was failing when it comes to corruption.
Saraki said if the president was actually serious about corruption, those around him would have neen made to face the law.
He said: “We go to the issue of corruption. I believe that is more of propaganda than reality. Why do I say that? Even by most of the world organisations, if you look at our indices in corruption, we have gone back. And more importantly what examples are they showing in the government and anybody in the government been prosecuted in the public. None. Zero,” he said.
“If truly the president is fighting corruption, I am baffled how a member of his government who they found wanting, up till today, no charge, no prosecution.
“To me, once you can’t do that, you lose the moral high ground to say that you are fighting corruption. You must show that nobody is above the law. You must show that no matter how close anybody is to you, you must take action and that’s not happening.”
Saraki said if the president is a man of integrity, “he must take action.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has promised Nigerians that money from the treasury will not be used to finance the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign.
In a couple of tweets on Wednesday, January 9, the president said he has made his intention clear to government workers.
Buhari said the clean-up of campaign financing in Nigeria is one of the legacies he would like to leave behind.
The president expressed optimism that Nigerians will no longer be swayed by money politics.
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He wrote: “I have made it clear to Government officials that there will be no money from the treasury for use in the 2019 campaign. I will not authorize that. One of the legacies I would like to leave behind is the clean-up of campaign financing in Nigeria.
“We cannot and will not share money from the treasury to prospective voters. Nigerians have long sought for change and only the All Progressives Congress (APC) can deliver — and is delivering — that change. Our people can no longer be swayed by money politics.”
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