Probe: Ijaw Youths Accuse Buhari Of Bias, Calls For Obasanjo's Probe

Probe: Ijaw Youths Accuse Buhari Of Bias, Calls For Obasanjo's Probe

The decision by President Muhammadu Buhari to probe only the government of former president Goodluck Jonathan has prompted a reaction from the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC). 

According to Vanguard, IYC opined that the president's decision shows that he lacks the courage to probe the corruption that occurred during the administration of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.

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In a statement by the president of the IYC, Udengs Eradiri, the group said Buhari’s decision to exempt the Obasanjo's governemnt creates the impression that he is shielding his friends and associates from investigations.

Ee therefore challenged Buhari to either extend the probe to 1960, the year Nigeria gained independence from Britain, or at best, the year 1999, when the country returned to democracy after years of military rule.

According to him, the probe would have make more sense if it had included the eight years of the Obasanjo administration rather than focusing only on the administration of the late president Umaru Yar’Adua and the immediate past president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

He stated that avoiding to probe the Obasanjo's administration would send out the wrong signal that the probe was designed to protect some people.

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He statement read: “We find it pertinent to react to recent media reports that our dear President, Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered a probe of weapon procurement for the military from 2007 to date.

“While we are not against any effort of the President to investigate previous administrations and indeed take steps against the scourge of corruption in the society, we hereby state without equivocation that the period covered by this probe is suspect.

“It would have made a lot of sense for somebody, who is genuinely interested in revisiting alleged cases of malfeasance, which had held our nation back, to either commence such an investigation from 1960 when the country became independent or from 1999 when Nigeria returned to democracy after years of military dictatorship.

“We hold that this is unfair and that the tenure of Chief Obasanjo is being exempted because of the role he played in Buhari emergence as President.

“In fact, if there is somebody that should be probed, it should be Chief Obasanjo, who lacked foresight and failed in the critical job to adequately arm our military, in spite of the huge funds appropriated for defence under him. If he had done so, the menace of Boko Haram would have long been dealt with in the early stages. It took the administration of Goodluck Jonathan to buy the weapons we need.”

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Meanwhile, the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students,  has joined the league of those lambasting Buhari over the alleged lopsidedness in his appointments so far.


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