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Anti-Corruption: Where Obasanjo Is Better Than Buhari

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ElevateNews takes a look at the sincerity of President Muhammadu Buhari in fighting corruption compared to former President Olusegun of Obasanjo.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is not a saint but his fight against corruption had no political affiliation or boundary.

He stood against members of his Peoples Democratic Party in his effort to fight corruption for eight years of his regime between 1999 and 2007.

He established the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission; the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission, ICPC.

I am not a fan of Obasanjo but during his administration, he quietly recovered loots, including that stolen by the former dictator, Late Gen. Sani Abacha.

He ensured the prosecution of the former Bayelsa State Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha for money laundering and other corrupt practices.

The former governor fled Nigeria. He returned a confused man and died of depression after battling with an undisclosed ailment.

He never enjoyed his loots. Under Obasanjo, a Delta State Governor, James Ibori also faced various allegations of money laundering.

Like his Bayelsan counterpart, Ibori fled Nigeria but was jailed by the US government for money laundering.

His predicament began with Obasanjo. One would not forget how the Obasanjo’s administration humiliated the former Inspector General of Police, Tafa Balogun over allegation of corrupt practices.

The police boss was pushed and pulled on the ground like “Sallah” ram. Balogun has remained silent after the humiliation and prosecution till date.

The fear of Obasanjo killed the former Minister of Interior, Sunday Afolabi who happened to be his good friend.

The irony of it all is that all these aforementioned corrupt individuals were members of the Obasanjo’s political party.

He spared none of them. Although the manner and approach of prosecuting the public looters were seen to be uncivilised, Obasanjo was not selective in his fight against corruption.

Unlike the current President Muhammadu Buhari whose Anti-Corruption crusade is so loud but limited to the members of the opposition party.

It is in this regime that the former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki is facing various charges of corruption and diversion of the security funds into a political campaign.

He has been in the cell for more than four years now just because he is a PDP chieftain while a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State Godswill Akpabio’s corrupt allegations were pardoned because he decamped to APC.

The case is not different for the former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu whose corruption charges were erased because he decamped from PDP to APC.

Buhari came to power on the horse of integrity but he has compromised this value more than Obasanjo whom some people believed to be lacking in integrity.

Fighting corruption as the constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) put it, goes beyond reparation of loots by Buhari.

If this government is serious about fighting corruption, it must be ready to separate itself from the alleged corrupt public officials.

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