Dear Nigerians, over $200 billion is stashed away from Nigeria to Dubai alone. Corruption is killing us. Only Buhari can save us.
Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) rode to power on the promise to tackle corruption, which the party accused the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of perpetrating since the country returned to democratic rule in 1999.
Since wresting power from the PDP’s Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, the Buhari administration has been prosecuting many top members of the former ruling party for alleged corrupt practice, most notable of them being former Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Many choice landed property, allegedly traced to her, have been confiscated on court orders.
The Buhari government has, however, been accused of shielding persons accused of corruption in his APC.
A Lagos State-based legal practitioner, Mr Frances Adewole queried the Minister’s assertion that only Buhari can save the country because the alleged scale of public theft.
He said: “In 2016, the same Minister called a World Press conference and announced that 55 top Nigerians stashed N1.34 billion in Dubai. Of the sum, he said that 15 former governors stole N146.84 billion, four former ministers N7 billion, 12 former public servants both at federal and state levels over N14 billion, while eight other Nigerians in the banking sector stole N524 billion and 11 businessmen cornered N653 billion..”
Adewole, in a telephone interview with Morning Mail asked: “What has the government done to those so-called thieves between 2016 and now? Why have they not been named?”
The legal practitioner added: “We have trod this path before. It was the same way some people told the late General Sani Abacha that he was the only person that could rule this country. They did it to Obasanjo. Buhari is only half-way into his tenure. If he wishes to continue in office in spite of his health challenges, that will be his decision. It will also be the decision of Nigerians to either vote for him, or vote him out.
“It is, howver, insulting to Nigerians for Lai Mohammed to say that only one person can help the country, out of a population of over 170 million.”