Former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, said Buhari is just making noise; there’s no iota of truth in the so-called commitment to the improvement of security and halting graft in the country.
Lamido, a former minister of Foreign Affairs, told the BBC Hausa Service in an interview yesterday that he had his doubts on the Federal Government’s commitment to taming graft, alleging that President Buhari was “equally corrupt when he served under the late Head of State Sani Abacha.”
Buhari had served as chairman of the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) which was established by Abacha in 1994 to provide critical infrastructure across the country.
“He (Buhari) worked under Abacha; in fact he was the closest to the late military ruler and when it comes to corruption, everybody knows where Abacha’s government stands,” Lamido said.
According to him, there was nothing to show in the much touted successes of the Buhari administration between 2015 and now in the areas of security and fight against corruption.
Lamido and many members of the PDP which was in power for 16 years - between 1999 and 2015 - have repeatedly alleged that Buhari’s fight against corruption was one-sided, saying only members of the opposition were being targeted.
“It’s unthinkable to say that the EFCC had discovered huge monies (nearly N15 billion) in a building (Osborne Towers) in Lagos but could not track the real owner; who leaked the story? Who did the source say is the owner of the find?
“No reasonable person will believe that there is no safe for the NIA (which claimed ownership) to keep its money but a private residence in Lagos; those in position of authority should always have the courage to tell the led the truth because leadership is sacred,” he said.