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Buhari not fighting corruption — Ango Abdullahi

Acting Chairman of Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, says he does not believe that the current administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari is…

Acting Chairman of Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, says he does not believe that the current administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari is fighting corruption.

He said this is because corruption is going on a massive scale while the administration chooses who to prosecute.

Prof. Abdullahi, while fielding questions from newsmen on Tuesday in Kaduna shortly after opening of a public lecture entitled, ‘Education as an Instrument for National Integration: The Northern Nigerian Crisis’, said if President Buhari was committed to fighting corruption, the nation’s courts and prisons would have been congested with corrupt politicians by now.

He pointed at the case of Senator Danjuma Goje whose ‘sin’ was forgiven because he joined the APC, saying “you don’t just pick one case and make it a universal example of fighting corruption. We have just seen the conviction of Orji Uzor Kalu and it is becoming something that the world should know, when there are so many people with seventy something billion with them. Those people should be in the same prison with Uzor Kalu.

“And in any case, if you want to say that, Uzor Kalu had committed an offence, but here is a national chairman of a party, the President’s party who pronounces that, ‘don’t worry how much you have stolen somewhere else; as long as you come and say you are a member of APC, you are forgiven’.

“A good example is former Governor Danjuma Goje. It was the Attorney General of the Federation himself that went to court to say, they were withdrawing the case from the court. And his offences are not different from Orji Uzor Kalu’s and many others that were reported.”

Professor Abdullahi further contended that to restructure Nigeria; the Presidential system of government should be jettisoned, saying “If you want Nigeria to function as it used to function in 1960 at the point of independence, we should go and reconsider retention of presidential system of government, because it is inefficient, it is corrupt and there is no accountability.”

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