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President Buhari Should Be Fair In His Fight Against Corruption – Ekiyor

Buhari; 'Change Begins With Me'; corruption
Posted: Sep 24, 2016 at 3:03 pm   /   by   /   comments (2)
By Felix Igbekoyi.
ASABA – A human right activist and Secretary, Delta State Advocacy Committee Against Pipeline Vandalisation,  Dr. Chris Ekiyor has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari-led government and the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) to be fair in prosecuting the fight against corruption.
Ekiyor who gave the charge yesterday while speaking to Independent in Asaba, the Delta State capital, urged the president to restrain from what he described as the Federal government’s selective victimisation of its perceived enemies in the ‘war’ against corruption.
He said that the call had become imperative following evidences that the ruling party’s sledge hammer of war against corruption is targeted at mostly members of the opposition party, particularly the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP )
While saying that APC within the past 16 months has shown that it has no capacity for governing the country going by current economic index, the former Delta State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry challenged the APC government to focus on the realities on ground – revamping the nation’s economy rather than pursuing shadows.
His words: “I decided to speak today because of the sycophantic nature of most Nigerians who rather than face the realities on ground have become praise singers.  The reality is that Nigeria since the emergence of the present government is plunging into a recession that we may not be able to recover from.
“We are currently in a country where things are not working; the APC government has put the country into a reverse gear. Today, we are experiencing a free fall in the nation’s economy as dollar kept falling rapidly, businesses packing up, companies sacking their workers and unemployment on the rise.
“Worst still, even the much celebrated security, I cannot see anything happening in that direction that did not happen under the PDP government in terms of security of lives and property.  Today, kidnapping is still on the increase, pipeline vandalisation is still very high, activities of Boko Haram members still on the increase. So, there is nothing to celebrate.
Continuing,  Ekiyor who was a pioneer force in the peace mediation in the Niger Delta during the era of the former President, Alhaji Musa Yar’Adua in 2007, said, “I do  not know whether this present government has a set target of what it wants. Going by their ‘Change’ mantra, they are now already in their second year, I can’t really see the change anywhere, rather, they have been busy blaming the past administration for their inability to perform.
“President Muhammadu Buhari and his APC government should stop wielding the big stick on their perceived enemies and indeed members of the PDP. I can tell you boldly that currently, even within the APC corruption is thriving.
“The fight against corruption must be seen to be fair on all sides. So far, everybody who has been accused of corruption by this government must be a PDP member of pro-Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. What that means is that it is only those who are PDP members that were corrupt during the last administration. But they have failed to realise that the country was not 100 per cent PDP country in the last 16 years.
“There were other political parties such as CPC,  APGA,  Accord,  ANPP,  ACN,  among others who now collapsed into what we now have as APC including some PDP members who defected to the current ruling party. The question now is, does it now mean that once a man changes his political party to APC his corruption is bleached?
“What happened recently in Edo State with the INEC, Police, SSS, NYSC is a practical case of corruption where the police withdrew their services from the INEC just as NYSC withdrew their services in an election that was earlier scheduled for last week Saturday. That is a clear case of electoral sabotage and the ruling party did not say anything about that,” Ekiyor stated.

Comments (2)

  • Moses Odili Sep 24, 2016 at 3:52 pm Moses Odili

    Join the Nigeria National youth congress.. lets come together as a youth in this country to fight for our right and have a youth representative in the seat of govt.. ain’t you tired of this old men and women ruling us.! Join our

  • Ese Imasuen Sep 24, 2016 at 3:26 pm Ese Imasuen

    Well done there

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