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Don’t Encourage Corruption, APC Cautions Sultan, Oritsejafor, Kukah, Others

Two days after the National Peace Committee met with President Muhammadu Buhari and cautioned him on the probe of the immediate past administration, the president’s party has risen in his support.

The ruling All Progressives Congress, in seeming reference to the committee members, asked opinion leaders to ensure that their actions and utterances do not give comfort to those who looted the commonwealth of the country.

Some members of the peace committee, headed by former military ruler, Abdulsalam Abubakar, include the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar; the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ayo Oritsejafor; and prominent Catholic cleric, Matthew Kukah.

Speaking after the committee met Mr. Buhari, Mr. Kukah said although the leaders were not in support of corruption, they were worried about the process.

“I think what we are concerned about is process,” he said. “It is no longer a military regime and, under our existing laws, everybody is innocent until proven guilty.

“Again, our own commitment is not to intimidate or fight anybody. The former President’s commitment and what he did still remains spectacular and I think that President Buhari
himself appreciates that.”

However, on Thursday, the APC, in a statement issued in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, warned against any attempt to truncate the ongoing fight against corruption in the country. It expressed total support for President Buhari’s determination to end the scourge in the country.

It appealed to all Nigerians, especially opinion leaders, to ensure that their actions and utterances do not give comfort to those who looted the commonwealth of the country. “Our party promised Nigerians change, but the change that we promised and which Nigerians desire so much cannot be achieved if we allow the resources that belong to all Nigerians to be appropriated by a few.

“How do we upgrade our decayed infrastructure
and provide jobs for our people when the money
meant for that has been embezzled by a few?
“President Buhari has promised to break the vicious
cycle of corruption that has held Nigeria down.
“How can he do that if he allows those who have
looted the treasury to escape justice, and then use
their ill-gotten wealth to fight the government?
“How can he do that if he turns a blind eye to the
monumental cases of corruption in all sectors?
“We know that fighting corruption in a society
where the cankerworm has eaten deep into its
fabric will not be easy. We know that corruption
will always fight back.

“But there is no other choice than to confront and
destroy this monster once and for all, lest it
destroys Nigeria,” it said.

The party said the President’s sincerity of purpose
could be seen from his statement that any of his
party members who was found to be corrupt would
not escape justice.

“Therefore, those who are shouting themselves
hoarse by saying the Buhari Administration’s fight
against corruption is selective or is a distraction,
are only seeking to sabotage the epic battle.
“If they have any case of corruption against any
member of the APC, they should forward their
evidence to the appropriate anti-corruption
agency,’’ it said.

The party said that the danger in truncating the
fight against corruption was that it would consign
Nigeria to poverty, insecurity and unemployment in

“That is why we are restating our unalloyed support
for the President, and urging him not to be deterred
or distracted by those hiding under sophistry to
weaken the fight.

“We are glad that most Nigerians have lent their
support to the government’s fight against
corruption, going by their interventions on the
Social Media, which has now become a people’s
parliament of sorts.

“We urge them not to relent in their support,
irrespective of the antics of the naysayers,” it said
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