Anti-graft fight not selective, says Abubakar
Former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, has debunked insinuations that the anti-corruption crusade of the Muhammadu Buhari administration is lopsided.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja at the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) 2016 Summit, he accused Nigerians of insincerity and hypocrisy.
Abubakar, who chaired the summit with the theme, “GDP Growth and Diversification – Present Day Realities”, asserted that the graft war isn’t hounding the opposition.
Represented by the president of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Ahmed Yakassai, the erstwhile military leader noted that a lot of things were going wrong in the country because Nigerians place ethnicity, tribalism and sectionalism far ahead of the unity of the country and national interest, adding that the citizenry must rather think about the oneness of the country.
“It is nothing like sectional, it has to start from somewhere. If, of course on the way, you find anybody in particular, I cannot see it as sectional as some people think. For one thousand miles, we have to start with a step. If someone is found to be corrupt, definitely he has to be handled that way.
“But that is the problem of Nigeria, this diversity. If I am found to be corrupt, I run to my people and will say this Yoruba man is dealing with me. If I am a Yoruba, I will say this Igbo man is dealing with me. It is wrong, we are not sincere. Nothing sectional or selective in the current fight against corruption. That is why we see a lot of things going wrong,” Abubakar asserted.