Dr Usman Bugaje, a former Political Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo has regretted that the President Muhammadu Buhar-led Federal Government’s war against corruption has become ‘profoundly disappointing’ in the country.
Mr Baguje stated this on Saturday while delivering a lecture at the 25th anniversary of the Sarkin Fulani of Lagos, Dr Mohammed Abubakar Bambado II, in Lagos.
“With the DSS and EFCC operatives in open street fight, apparently protecting an official accused of corruption, we must be worried not only about losing the war against corruption, but also losing our sense of shame.
“With the leader of a ruling party inviting people with corruption cases to join their party and be let off the hook and making good his promise, one would wonder what more is left of this fight.
“When persons with pending corruption cases get appointed to cabinet and expeditiously cleared by a Senate that they were part of, we must ask the question, what hope remains for any fight against corruption,” he queried.
According to him, every Nigerian must be worried that the fight against corruption is being lost, adding that, “the fight against corruption is to say the least profoundly disappointing”.
Mr Bugaje decried the unemployment rate and overpopulation in the country, saying that if not arrested, poses a great threat to our survival.
He, therefore, attributed the insurgency, farmers-herders crisis and ethnic clashes in the country on the religious and ethnic manipulations by “incompetent politicians”.
He lamented that the country, “is slipping to the precipice as ethnic and religious conflicts continue unabated.”
Mr Bugaje lamented that the level of insecurity “is so high that over 30 of the 36 states of the federation have men of the Nigerian Army deployed to keep the peace.
“Even with this, it is not abating, for the insurgency in the North-East continues to elicit heavy losses of lives and displacement of people daily despite the claims of government security agencies.
“The rural banditry in the North-West continues to be the major cause of death and displacement of an unprecedented number of rural communities.
“The farmer-herder clashes, ethnic and religious conflicts continue to rage unabated. Kidnapping has become such a huge industry that it appears to be employing the very uniformed men that are supposed to fight it,” Mr Bugaje explained.