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Obasanjo to Buhari–Start Corruption Probe from the Top

Ex-president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, realizing that the probe may soon get to him has suggested that Buhari should start the probe from himself, from the top and move down through the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of representatives before extending to others. Recall that during the presidential campaign Obasanjo switched parties from PDP to APC when he realized that Buhari has the momentum. Obasanjo publicly tore his PDP card, as a forward thinker, he may have believed that he may be sparred from the probe if Buhari and APC sweeps to victory.

Obasanjo was answering questions at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife osun State at an event tagged “Seventh Roundtable with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Reflections of an Elder Statesman.” A student asked Obasanjo what he thought about President Buhari’s programs. Obasanjo said,  “The president promised he will fight corruption. And there is no doubt that he has shown that he is willing to fight corruption. Corruption is a hydra-headed monster……I believe very much that fighting corruption just has to start from the top. That is, from the president, the vice president, the senate president, the speaker of the House, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).”

One of the students asked Obasanjo what about you? Obasanjo said, “The instruments we are using today (to fight corruption) were all fashioned out by me when I was in office. We did not have anything like the instruments (ICPC, EFCC) before. Not only did I bring up these instruments, I also looked for the right people who could make the instruments work……Nuhu Ribadu was in charge of the EFCC and then, the fear of Ribadu was the beginning of wisdom. For ICPC, I specially head-hunted somebody like Justice Mustapha Akanbi to run it,” he said.

Speaking about Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, Obasanjo said, “Soyinka is slippery and he is no man to be trusted. I will trust Wole Soyinka as an “aparo hunter” (partridge hunter) than trusting him as a political analyst. I have no issues with him.” Obasanjo said


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