Buhari’s anti-corruption war is politically inclined – APC Senator, Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central, APC) has challenged the Code of Conduct Bureau to look into asset declarations of other Governors who served at the same time as the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, saying politics should not be mixed with anti-graft war.

Senator Shehu Sani while speaking at the 8th Forum of the laureates of Nigerian National Order of Merit in Abuja where he criticized Nigeria’s anti-corruption campaign as being driven by political considerations. In furtherance to his assertion, he said; after insurgency, no issue should dominate national discourse more than corruption. He said political considerations could hamper the anti-graft war.

“Corruption has consequences as seen in the arrest of those in charge of security in the last administration,” Mr. Sani added.

“Insurgency is for some industry, business enterprise and means of making money”.

“Even Governors would say they allocate hundreds of millions to security but when you go there you won’t find anything”.

“They say because of allocation to security they can build schools. So it is for all of us to see why we have not won the war against insurgency and why people are killed because of corruption,”

“Politics mixed with corruption will take us nowhere”

“It is only in Nigeria that one says because somebody has contributed to the success of the ruling party, corruption charges should be withdrawn against him. But if he falls out of favour tomorrow, then, EFCC will bring up the remaining charges.”

He further queried why the Federal Government would arraign Mr. Saraki for alleged false declaration of assets without causing same action against others who served as governors when the Senate President did.

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“If Saraki is tried for falsely declaring his assets since 2003, CCB should do same to all others who served in that era.

“Many issues that have to do with laws are stained by politics and they lose their credibility,” he said.

Speaking further, he challenged public officers to publicly declare their assets.

He said, “After President Muhammadu Buhari declared his assets, I followed him and did same. But only about three of us have done so out of all public officials in the country.

“Some people will say they are like Buhari in everything. When he says change, they also say change. But on the issue of asset declaration, they failed to be like President Buhari.”

He reiterated the support of the National Assembly for Mr. Buhari and assured that the Senate is ready to get and utilize inputs from the public.

“Let Director of Public Prosecution be independent of the Attorney General”

Shehu Sani (born 29 October 1967) is a Nigerian Senator, an Author, Playwright and a renown Human Rights Activist. He is the President of the Civil Right Congress of Nigeria – (CRCN)and the Chairman of Hand-in-Hand, Africa. He was a leading figure in the struggle for the restoration of democracy in Nigeria. He has been arrested and jailed by past successive military regimes in Nigeria. He was released from life imprisonment when Democracy was restored in Nigeria in 1999. He contested and won the Kaduna Central Senatorial District on 28 March 2015.

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