A political activist and chairman of Say No Campaign, Ezenwa Nwago has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is subverting his own fight against corruption by nominating politicians who are allegedly yet to be cleared by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC.
Mr Nwago stated this at a programme titled; Anti-Corruption Situation Room, ACSR; The Imperative of State Anti-Corruption Agency: Kano State a Case Study, held in Kano on Thursday.
According to him, 40 percent of Buhari’s ministers designate were alleged to have corruption cases before anti-graft agencies.
He, therefore, urged them to step aside until they have been cleared by the anti-graft agencies.
“I think the federal government is subverting the same anti-corruption fight if the same government is appointing people who already have cases to answer before the anti-graft agencies.
“You cannot fight corruption and at the same time appoint who are corrupt and also reappoint a minister that does not perform.
Therefore, it beholds on the government to tell the people why such a person is re-appointed as a minister.
“It means the same government is subverting the same anti-corruption fight by re-appointing who have accepted to have looted the country’s treasury,” he stressed
On his part, the Executive Secretary, Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Sadiq Raddah, blamed some state governors under the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, of being indifferent in the fight against corruption.
He said: “There is no rationale for governors under APC, a party that holds corruption fight as key to its change mantra, would not actively participate in the crusade.
“It is understandable if PDP governors are not partaking or being indifferent in the fight against corruption because they are the opposition, but it is irrational for some APC governors not to contribute their quota in the anti-corruption crusade,” he added.
Mr Raddah, therefore urged all APC-controlled states to emulate Kano state in establishing anti-corruption agency if they are truly part and parcel of Mr Buhari’s government.
The executive secretary, who was the chairman of the occasion, also accused the state and local governments of not doing enough in the fight against corruption, leaving the Federal Government with the burden to championing the war against graft.
He, however, expressed optimism that the Mr Buhari administration would win the fight against corruption, noting that the war could not be won without the cooperation of all and sundry.
Earlier in his remarks, the Executive Secretary, Human and Environmental Development Agenda, HEDA, Arigbabu Suleiman said the organization holds the forum periodically to sit with stakeholders and chart the way forward on corruption.
He said they decided to host this year’s event in Kano because the state is a pace-setter in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
According to him, it is only Kano State that complements the federal government’s effort in the fight against graft.
He, therefore, called on other states of the federation to emulate Kano in order to check the menace of corruption that ravaged every stratum of development.