The administration of immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan has been wildly criticised as one of the most corrupt in the history of Nigeria.
Controversies have continued to trail the claims that Jonathan’s administration was in the real sense, more corrupt than the Buhari-led Federal Government.
Even though a lot of things went wrong under Jonathan’s watch, with the way things are currently going, Buhari’s administration may not be any better after all.
In fact, one of the worst cases of corruption – the diversion of $2billion arms procurement deal, happened during Jonathan’s tenure, but is that really enough to tag his government the most corrupt?
Talking about Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade, it is clearly impossible to fight corruption amidst a corrupt system.
Yes! Buhari’s cabinet is marred by rot and ineptitude and if he must win this war, he definitely needs to rid the system of such members.
For Buhari to prove that he is actually serious with his anti corruption fight, he needs to shun bias and party affiliations.
During his swearing in ceremony, Buhari made an all-time selfless ‘I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody…’ statement which Nigerians thought could be a pointer that he is ready to deliver on his campaign promises without being affected by ethnic and political party sentiments.
Well, we may have been wrong to have expected too much from him, but almost two years down the lane and almost all Nigerians, including the hardened supporters of Buhari’s election bid are apparently disappointed.
Buhari’s anti-corruption war appears selective and getting out of hand as he has given better part of his time to it, while ignoring other sectors of the economy.
Since assumption of office, Buhari has disregarded the rule of law as major opposition activists have either been subjected to one embarrassing arrest or thrown into jail for speaking up against the government.
Why is the Buhari-led administration seemingly more interested in arresting members of the opposition party for one corruption claim or another?
Why are the ruling party’s members not being probed side by side with the members of the opposition? Does it mean that their members are all saints and corruption-free?
A government that claims to be fighting an anti-corruption war should as well be balanced in their quest to rid the system of corruption.
The likes of Olisa Metuh, Femi-Fani-Kayode, have been gagged by the government while former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi and his likes continue to move about freely despite having been named in the $2billion arms deal.
Save for an autocratic government system, a leader should naturally accept criticisms in order to make better decisions; besides, freedom of speech is the basic right of every human.
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