Anti-graft war lopsided, targeted at Christians, group alleges
The Federation of Progressive Youths (FPY) yesterday alleged that the anti-corruption war being prosecuted by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is lopsided and mainly targeted at Christians in the country.
In a statement by its National President, Felix Afegbua, it accused President Buhari of using the anti-graft war to single out Christians for persecution and prosecution.
The statement titled, “Our Case Against President Muhammadu Buhari’s Religiously Biased Fight Against Corruption,” cited stiffer penalties meted to Reverend Jolly Nyame, Joshua Dariye and Orji Uzor Kalu, who are former governors of Taraba, Plateau and Abia states.
To buttress the claim, it argued that their cases were different from the “lighter sentences meted to former governors Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto), Adamu Mu’azu (Bauchi) and Danjuma Goje (Gombe).”
The group also cited former governors Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), who are Muslim governors and are walking freely in spite of corruption charges against them.
“We are rising in condemnation of the highly divisive policies of President Buhari’s government. After careful observation, we have come to the conclusion that President Buhari’s anti-corruption fight is unabashedly and alarmingly tilted against Christians.
“We, therefore, urge that it is important for Nigerians and the international community to take judicial notice of the sequence and direction of arraignments, arrests, and prosecutions in the country,” the statement added.
Afegbua, however, cautioned that the statement was not meant to encourage corrupt Christians, but to discourage partiality in the fight against sleaze.
Meanwhile, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested Muhammed Audu, son of the late former governor of Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu, for alleged fraud.
EFCC Acting Spokesman, Tony Orilade, said in Abuja that the suspect was arrested on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, for allegedly diverting millions of Dollars and billions of Naira, which were donated to the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) for personal use.
Orilade disclosed that investigations revealed that the suspect allegedly used two of his companies, Mediterranean Hotels Limited and Mediterranean Sports, to divert the funds, which he could not account for.
He added that the suspect would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.