A chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress in Adamawa State, Mark Wosi, has described President Muhammad Buhari as the ‘father of corruption’.
Wosi was reacting to backdrop of several probe reports submitted to the Presidency, which appeared to have indicted Buhari’s top government officials of corrupt practices.
He said corruption allegations involving the top government officials in Buhari’s administration were been stalled because those involved were the President’s loyalists.
In an interview with Punch Newspapers, Wosi said , “You can ’t keep telling us you are fighting corruption while there are corruption allegations against people around you and yet you can ’t do anything about it. This only means you are the father of corruption . The integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari is now in doubt with all these fraud cases under his nose .”
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had on Wednesday , August 23 , 2017 , submitted to the Presidency the report of the committee that investigated allegations of corruption against Lawal and Oke .
Similarly, a committee set up by the Minister of Health , Prof . Isaac Adewole, had discovered that frauds to the tune of N919 m allegedly took place under Yusuf , who had spent less than a year at the NHIS . The report was then sent to the President on September 4 .
While Oke was supposed to have proceeded on pre – retirement leave from August as his tenure ends in November, there has been no official decision by Buhari on allegations against the NIA boss.
Also, chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in some states of the federation have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal , the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme , Prof . Usman Yusuf , and the suspended Director -General of the National Intelligence Agency , Ayo Oke , to save his anti – graft war .
An APC chieftain in Ogun State , Chief Bode Mustapha , said if the report of the findings indicted the SGF , he would expect the President to immediately act on it.
He said , “ We don ’t need this kind of suspense now . It is capable of bringing President Muhammadu Buhari ’ s administration into disrepute.
“ He ( Buhari ) is allowing the Peoples Democratic Party to have a field day in accusing the APC of shielding corrupt people , whether rightly or wrongly . This is a big shame .”
Mustapha said beyond pronouncements , there was a need to strengthen the anti -corruption institutions .
“ It is high time the President took the bull by horns . Since he has made pronouncements in the case of the Abdulrasheed Maina (a former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform ) by sacking him , he should also do the same thing on Lawal, Yusuf and others .”
In Ebonyi, a factional Chairman of the party, Mr. Ben Nwaobasi , said, “Nobody should be condoned ; any person who runs afoul of the law and indulges in corrupt practices should be made to face the full weight of the law. All those who have a hand in any corrupt practice should be punished .”
In Osun, an APC leader, Mr. Amitolu Shitu , also asked the President to sack Lawal and Yusuf over the allegations of corruption levelled against them .
He said Buhari has failed many Nigerians , who voted for him to rid the nation of corruption .
Shitu said , “President Muhammadu Buhari was voted in because of his stance on corruption . He was seen as a man of integrity and a leader, who would fight corruption , which has prevented Nigeria and Nigerians from developing .
“ Unfortunately , he has failed in his anti -corruption war . He failed , not because he is stealing money , but because he allowed corrupt politicians around him to hijack governance from him and run the affairs of the nation with impunity.
“ It is not enough for the President to suspend the SGF and the NHIS boss, I believe he should sack them . And not only these two officials , there are others who were accused of corruption . Nothing has been done against them .
“ Buhari ’s campaign against corruption has failed and the rate of corruption now is so alarming. ”
In Edo, an APC chieftain and a former House of Representatives member , Mr. Ehiogie West – Idahosa, equally supported the call for the sacking of Lawal and others.
He said , “ As far as the SGF is concerned, we do know that there is a report which is pending , but nobody knows whether it will be presented at the end of the President’ s tenure . I think the President is going to have a big albatross around his neck if he does not do away with the SGF .
“ You can see how that suspension was celebrated . You could see the controversy associated with that person. And I think the safest bet for him ( Buhari ) is to renounce that appointment and get somebody else in order to save himself some credibility. ”
But, childhood friend of the President, Aba Alli , who is a former senator in the Second Republic , said the President would never joke with the issue of corruption . He described the allegations against Yusuf as an “ internal matter between the minister and the NHIS boss.”
He said , “ You and I don’ t know what the report (on the SGF ) contains . President Buhari is taking his time so that he would be fair to all concerned.”
However, the Vice – President, Prof . Yemi Osinbajo, who spoke at the Greater Nigeria Pastors Conference in Lagos , on Friday , noted that the President would soon address the SGF and the NIA DG ’s cases .
“ As for the SGF , DG of NIA matter , the president will decide on that soon. The SGF remains suspended and the president will speak on that very soon but I cannot tell when ,” he noted.