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Why anti-corruption war is selective, by Oshiomhole



Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole at the weekend stated that the ongoing war on corruption is targeted at mostly officials of the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan because they were in charge of the nation’s affairs for the last couple of years.
According to him, it is not wrong for President Muhammadu Buhari to beam the searchlight on them, as they were fully in charge of managing the Nigerian economy that has been claimed to witness many corrupt practices.
Oshiomhole stressed that the cries of selectiveness of the Buhari’s fight against corruption was uncalled for as Jonathan’s men were selected becasuue they were suspected to have been part of a crime. “So when you select those people and deal with them, of course it is selective. You can only select from among those who are involved with crime”, he said.
The governor spoke in Abuja on Friday night at an event by the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) to celebrate two media icons, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu,.
Oshiomhole, who represented the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the Chairman of the occasion, said: “They are serving a President who appreciates that these problems have to be confronted head on. The President who boldly told the world that the issue of corruption, if it is not killed, it will kill us. And since we don’t want to die, we have to kill corruption.”
“But the forces behind corruption are powerful, some are feasible and some are not feasible. They are men and women of rich, of means. Many are even billionaires in dollars and euros.
“Now where are the forces that will queue behind the president to confront the drivers of corruption. As you can see, people are already asking question about due process, people are asking questions about selective and so on.

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“And it will be the job of Shehu and Femi to remind people that if you managed a house for 16 years and members of the community believed that the house has not been properly managed and that the reason for the mismanagement is that some people willfully … including resorting to corrupt practices, you can only deal with those in that house, the people who had responsibility for managing the house”, he said.
He wondered why those crying foul play now decided to keep silent when many wrongdoings were carried out under Jonathan.
Stressing that everything must be done now to guide the current democracy, he noted that it is not possible to fight war against corruption without having casualties.
“It is only in Nigeria, that for 16 years a particular political party was in power, they were fighting corruption war but there were no casualties. It is like the Nigerian Police that sees criminal and shoot to the air.”
He said that the good news is that Nigeria now has a President with enormous political will, who is determined to get the job done.

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