Controversial writer, Mr. Femi Aribisala described Buhari’s corruption fight as selective and only targeting members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party.
Renowned scholars and legal experts at a roundtable, which was organized by the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, University of Lagos tagged “Winning the War Against Corruption” have faulted the war against corruption by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as selective.
In attendance at the roundtable, the keynote speakers include Prof Itse Sagay, Mr Femi Aribisala, Mr Femi Falana, who was represented by Wahab Shittu and Dr Oby Ezekwesili.
Speaking at the event, controversial writer, Mr Femi Aribisala described the current fight against corruption by the Buhari administration as selective and only targeting members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
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He said, “Before the 2015 elections, we do not have any party presenting us with an anti-corruption mandate”, The All Progressives Congress (APC) can be called a makeover of the PDP and since they moved over, they are no more corrupt because they are now in APC. So as far as I am concerned, there was no mandate to fight corruption.
He doubts the intention of the president on corruption, If President Buhari really meant to fight corruption; he will not form an alliance with the people who he despised before. So, today, I don’t know who is fighting the corruption.
The renowned columnist added that the budget padding by some government institutions under the watch of the President was part of the corruption.
Reacting to Aribisala’s comment, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption, Prof Itse Sagay, in his own comments, however, said the roundtable should not be turned to a PDP campaign ground.
Sagay, who was irked by Aribisala’s comment said: “How can someone come here and say there is no fight against corruption and everybody will be clapping? The APC had a manifesto and it was clearly written how APC will fight corruption. So people here should not show ignorance”.
He chides Aribisala, “You don’t take corruption war to a meaningless point. This is a serious discussion. So if Aribisala is anti-government, he should campaign for his party, the PDP to come back in 2019.”
Sagay stressed further, “ICPC and EFCC were created by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and they are doing well, so we don’t need to create new institutions. You do not win a war by just creating multiplicity of institutions everywhere, that’s irresponsible”.
Adding his voice, human rights lawyers, Femi Falana (SAN), said there was an urgent need to create special courts to handle corruption cases. He believed that such development would make the anti-corruption war more efficient.
On her part, a former World Bank Vice President, Dr Oby Ezekwesili said there was no comedy going on, rather the youths should rise up to fight against corruption. According to her, corruption was demonstrated at various levels of government and all works of life. She stressed that, for example, everybody was applauding Aribisala after he spoke, the reason why you clapped was because some of you are in your own level of corruption.