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Cleric warns against selective anti-graft crusade


Mourners pay their respects outside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after the street was re-opened a day after a mass shooting left nine dead during a bible study at the church in CharlestonThe Prelate of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Dr. Samuel C.K Uche has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-graft war as selective saying it was directed against members of the opposition parties.

The cleric insisted that for Nigerians to have implicit confidence in the on-going corruption war the fight must be holistic.

Uche, who spoke in Sagamu, Ogun State yesterday, would like President Muhammadu Buhari to start the corruption fight from 1979 during President Shehu Shagari’s National Party of Nigeria (NPN) administration.

He spoke at the maiden founder’s day anniversary and inauguration of Very Rev. Dr. Sunday Olasoji Onadipe as the Rector of Methodist Theological Institute, Sagamu.

He believed that if the fight is extended back, it would convince Nigerians of his genuine intention and erase doubts in the minds of the people, especially the “opposition” that the corruption war is aimed at the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its leaders.

The Prelate who insisted that only the church could tell the President the truth stated, “My advice to the President is that the fight against corruption should be total and shouldn’t be a selective fight. Let him go back to 1979 and start fighting corruption till today. If it is lonely and lopsided, it will seem as a vendetta against the opposition party, nobody will tell him (Buhari) that but the church will tell him that and that is how we see it”.

He added “The corruption is selective and against the opposition parties and it shouldn’t be so, there are people in his government that we know that are more corrupt than those who are been arrested. It should be total and holistic so that we can be sure that he is fighting corruption”.

Uche had, about three weeks ago, while commenting on the corruption war had disclosed that just before the last general elections, “Ghana must go bags”, full of money were brought to him as a bribe but he rejected it.

Uche recalled that Methodist church was the first to start protest against corruption, saying “Sometime ago when Sunday Mbang was the Prelate of this Church, the church organised a protest march throughout Nigeria against corruption.

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