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Corruption under Buhari is worse, says Babangida

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Former Nigeria head of state Ibrahim Babaginda said the corruption in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is worse than when he was in government.

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He said this in an interview granted to ARISE TV on Friday.

Babangida, who served as head of state between 1985 and 1993, said his administration was a saint compared to what is happening now.

The former military leader said while he moved against a former military governor who embezzled N313,000, those who stole billions are walking freely.

Asked if he agrees with those who said his government was very corrupt, Babangida said: “But what’s happening now is worse than when we were in power… we are saints when compared with that.”

Babangida said he sacked a governor during his time for corruption involving money less than N300.

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The former military head of state noted that Nigeria needs a leader that will talk to the people and not talk on top of the people.

“If you get a good leadership that links with the people and tries to talk with the people; not talking on top of the people, then we would be okay,” Babangida said.

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Babangida said he has “started visualizing a good Nigerian leader.”

“That is, a person, who travels across the country and has a friend virtually everywhere he travels to and he knows at least one person that he can communicate with,” Babangida said.

“That is a person, who is very versed in economics and is also a good politician, who should be able to talk to Nigerians and so on. I have seen one, or two or three of such persons already in his sixties.”

Babangida, however, said he has a “very good” relationship with Buhari but stated that “the seemingly rift between us is caused by you, the media.”


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