The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti Corruption, Itse Sagay, is not very impressed with how President Muhammadu Buhari has acted concerning the fates of suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayodele Oke.
Baba-go-slow: Sagay said Buhari has been “much too slow” in taking action concerning the two men who were suspended in April over allegations of corruption leveled against them. Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo headed a committee which investigated the activities of the duo and submitted its report to Buhari in August. Two months later, nothing has been done or said concerning the report.
In an interview with Channels Television on Sunday, Sagay agreed “that action has been much too slow and there should be immediate decision on this matter so that we can put it to rest and move on.”
Apart from that, the FG is on course: Sagay expressed belief that the Buhari administration is doing its best in fight against corruption. “I have no doubt in my mind that the present government is actually fighting corruption in accordance with its mandate and promises. There is no question about that. I think there is an even-handed approach to the issue of fighting corruption,” Sagay said.
On his clash with APC leadership: Sagay had words for the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), with whom he has been involved in a recen verbal exchange.
“My view is that the party hierarchy and party leadership and not the government, the party are condoning corruption and they are hobnobbing with those corrupt party members and therefore setting a stage for the government to have serious problem when there is need to convince that is entitled to have another term in government,” he said.
Quote: “If you have a big party which has a specific mandate to fight corruption or at least reduce it drastically to a level that it will not stop the nation’s development, then the members of such party must be seen also fighting corruption. If you have such mandate as a party and you have people in that party who are actively promoting corruption or they are subject of corruption and promoters of corruption, what they are doing is denying the party (the opportunity) of truly fighting corruption, then it is better to totally remove people of that nature from the party and form a smaller party in which everybody would have confidence in themselves rather than have a big party in which people are doing things contrary to what the party stands for,” he said.