- I want to see the facts that there’s more corruption in this administration than the previous administrations.”
Senate President Ahmad Lawan has described those who say corruption is prevalent under the Buhari administration as petty.
Lawan spoke on Monday after the second national summit on diminishing corruption and the launch of the national ethics and integrity policy by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
He said the current administration has done “so well”, adding that no previous government ever hinged its campaigns on fighting corruption like the Buhari-led government.
He said the current administration never leaves corruption cases unattended.
“I don’t know who they are and I don’t know what their facts are. But I will not speak to speculations; I speak to facts. I want to see the facts that there’s more corruption in this administration than the previous administrations,” Lawan said.
“You will recall that in a particular former administration, we know that somebody once said that what people accused the government of corruption was simple stealing. This administration does not see anything that appears like corruption or thievery and leaves it untreated. So, I believe it depends on who is talking.
“If you have opposition, it is likely the opposition will tell you there’s so much ‘persecution’ of the opposition, that there’s so much corruption in this administration than the previous one. But we know the previous administrations.
“Let me be a bit more decent and maybe non-political. But I want to tell you that this administration has done so well because we campaigned on the basis of three pillars of anti-corruption, the fight against insurgency and insecurity across the country, and the revitalisation of our economy.
“So, no administration or political party, in the history of Nigeria that fought its campaigns on the basis of fighting corruption in Nigeria. In fact, there were administrations that never mentioned corruption in their entire tenure.
“This administration has stood firmly, trying to fight corruption, and I want to believe that those who are saying there’s more corruption in Nigeria today than before are simply trying to be partisan or petty.”
Adopt Hire And Fire Approach, Rochas Okorocha Advices Buhari
Former Imo Governor Senator Rochas Okoroacha has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to do away with incompetent aides by adopting the “hire and fire” mechanism to governance to move the nation forward and deliver the much needed dividends of democracy.
He said the wheel of progress of the country could be better enhanced when competent and qualified Nigerians are made to man strategic positions.
The lawmaker who represent Imo West Senatorial spoke while hosting members of the Integrity Group of the Non- National Working Committee of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in his office at Abuja.
According to him: “I must say here that what works in most developed countries is hire and fire which brings discipline in the system.
“There is nothing as bad as persons who occupy government positions and are not working but are kept for sentiment basis.
“They should be fired to create room for those who can perform. There is nobody on earth who is Alpha and Omega, if you can’t do the job, be sure that someone can do it.
“But when you know you can’t be fired If you messed up, you tend to mess up the more. So, I suggest that our party should begin the issue of hire and fire. That is why I commend the decision to remove the leadership of APC.
“That is how it should go, if you can’t do the job we show you the way out. I will urge our party, the APC, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari imbibe the spirit and fire so that people can sit up and do the right thing.”
Okoroacha also called on the leadership of the party to, as a matter of urgency, return the party to how things were at the formation stage.
He lamented the continuous loss of APC traditional states to the opposition – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) especially with the recent loss of Edo should not be allowed to continue.
The lawmaker also frowned at the complete absence of the party in the South South zone, blaming this on the leadership of the party for neglecting founding fathers of the party.
“We no longer have what I term as collective responsibility, rather we have selfish responsibility where leaders are busy thinking the next election and what positions they can occupy instead of thinking about the dividends of democracy as it should affect the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We therefore come back to the root of the problem in our party because the very people who worked for the success of the party, are the ones that have been neglected, rather, those who came yesterday have taken over. This is why there is so much anger from the ward level to the national.
“Those who have been empowered, have refused to empower others from the ward to the national level. The issue of empowerment is empower one person so that he can empower others but those who have been empowered now have new friends and neglected the foot soldiers and at the end of the day, it is President Muhammadu Buhari that takes the brunt.
‘”This is why I advise that we go back to the drawing board and some of this laudable projects should be extended to the party, I do not see any ward chairman and his 26 members who cannot farm under the anchor-borrower program. So, policies of our government are just hanging and do noy get to the grassroot. Owners of our party are not participating in the running of the party.”