To prove that he is really fighting corruption in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari will have to arrest some former presidents and ex-governors, so says former president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Humphrey Asobie.
Premium Times reports that Asobie made the call as a guest speaker at a roundtable discussion with the theme “Corruption: an impediment to the sustainable development goals”.
Asobie said at the event organised by United States Embassy for the International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) 2016 that such a move would add the needed impetus to drive the Buhari government towards victory in the fight against corruption.
“Pick OBJ, IBB, (Rotimi) Amaechi, (Bola) Tinubu, Abdulsalami (Abubakar) and Raji (Fashola). They will all think you are mad when you say it,” Asobie, a former chairman of the board of the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI), said.
Corruption is systemic in Nigeria; it’s not just a few certain individuals. It also includes the anti-corruption agencies, they have a problem of corruption.
It has reached a stage where we are confused as to what is wrong and right, you start to wonder whether it has affected their intellect.
After speaking at an event in 2013, the then Governor of Anambra State Mr. Peter Obi was provoked, he came to me and said, “I was one of your student but I’ve avoided you because you are at the left and I am on the right. All of us are corrupt.