The leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Pa Ayo Adebanjo has rubbished claims by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari on fighting corruption.
According to the Afenifere leader, the Buhari government is doing the exact opposite when it claims to be fighting corruption.
Speaking against the backdrop of the recent presidential pardon granted to some convicted persons including former Governors Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye of Taraba and Plateau States respectively, Adebanjo said the antidote for escaping punishment as a corrupt person in Nigeria is to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The elder statesman made the submission during an interview with Punch where he talked about sundry national issues.
“I will start by saying anybody who is a rogue, the moment you say you are now in the APC (All Progressives Congress), you are now a saint,” he submitted.
He cited an example of those whose corruption cases have been pushed under the carpet after joining the ruling party to include former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylva, and former APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
He said: “That is the way they have been doing. Even in the (Buhari) cabinet now, (ex-President Goodluck) Jonathan prosecuted (then governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre) Sylva, collected 48 houses from him for corruption, the press wrote this, but Buhari pardoned Sylva and returned all his properties to him and made him a minister with the lawyer that prosecuted him for fraud, Festus Keyamo, who was the lawyer of the EFCC. Buhari did all of that and now he is still talking nonsense that he still wants to fight corruption. What corruption is he fighting?”
“The case of (Adams) Oshiomhole is also still fresh. Anybody who joins the APC becomes a saint automatically even if you are a rogue. There are many instances that the Fourth Estate of the Realm should remind our people in case they forget. The emphasis there is that this is the President who said he had zero tolerance for corruption but now he is doing the exact opposite.”
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