Ango Abdullahi, acting chairman of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has said President Muhammadu Buhari is not fighting corruption in the most sincere way.
Abdullahi stated this in an interview with journalists in Kaduna shortly after the opening ceremony of a public lecture on education, on Tuesday.
The elder statesman said the current administration is being selectively in the calibre of persons that the law enforcement agencies investigate and eventually prosecute.
He stated that many members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are meant to be behind bars but are walking freely because they belong to the ruling party.
“We have now seen corruption on a massive scale and nobody is doing anything about it.
“The president said he is fighting corruption, but I don’t believe him because, in the sense, if he is fighting corruption, our courts and prisons should be full by now. This is because corruption is everywhere,” he said.
Referring to the case of the imprisoned Orji Uzor Kalu, a former Abia State governor and the current Senate Chief Whip, Abdullahi stated that while his conviction is applaudable, the reaction by the government to some other notable persons of note gives a lot of room for concern about its sincerity in the anti-graft war.
He said: “You don’t just pick one case and make it a universal example of fighting corruption. We have just seen the conviction of Orji Uzor Kalu and it is becoming something that the world should know when there are so many people with seventy-something billion (naira) with them.
“Those people should be in the same prison with Uzor Kalu. And in any case, if you want to say that Uzor Kalu had committed an offence, but here is a national chairman of a party, the president’s party who pronounced that ‘don’t worry how much you have stolen somewhere else, as long as you come and say you are a member of APC, you are forgiven’.
“A good example of that is former governor Danjuma Goje. It was the attorney general of the federation himself that went to court to say they were withdrawing the case from the court.
“And his offences are not different from Orji Uzor Kalu’s and many others that were reported.”