The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has catalogued the alleged failures of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, asserting that the President has no integrity and that All Progressives Congress, APC, government is very corrupt.
He asserted that despite propaganda from the ruling party, Nigerians were currently worse off than in 2015, when he and other members of the APC, came together and sacked the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Director-General of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign was also emphatic that the President has failed to deliver on the three pillars – Security, economy and anti-corruption – on which Buhari and the APC campaigned for in 2015.
Speaking in an interview with Channels Television Wednesday, Saraki said Buhari was tolerating corrupt associates and that has cost him his integrity since the bulk stops at the President’s table.
His words, “There is no doubt that there are corrupt people around the system. If the President is fighting corruption truly, I am baffled how a member of his government who was found wanting, up till today, no charge, no prosecution.
“To me, once you can do that, you lose integrity, the moral high ground to say you are fighting corruption. You must show that nobody is above the law, you must show that no matter how close anybody is to you that you’ll take action and that’s not happening.”
Responding to a question on whether the president himself is corrupt, the Senate President said it is the administration that is corrupt, alleging of a massive fraud in the oil sector, and that the 50 million litres daily consumption of fuel as claimed by the government is a big scam.
“Based on the action I’ve seen, yes his government is corrupt if you are not taking action when people are corrupt. Why condoning it?
“It will be right to say the government of Buhari is corrupt. If you are the head of a government, you take responsibility. So, anything that is done by a government that is corrupt and action is not being taken by the head of that, then the government is corrupt.”
Saraki said further, “In 2015, one of the areas we labelled the Jonathan government of corruption was the issue of fuel subsidy scam. One of the major issues that came up then was that we were importing fuel based on our assumption of 30 million consumption daily and all experts will tell you that Nigeria cannot consume maximum 22 million litres per day.
“At that time, we said the Jonathan government was corrupt. You will then think that a government that was to fight corruption, different leakages will ensure that the subsidy is better managed.
“Instead of bringing down the 30 million, the government is doing 50 million. We cannot consume 50 million litres per day. It is those money being stolen.
“I said it last year that you must bring subsidy into the budget. NNPC convinced the President to say it is not subsidy but under-recovery. It is not subsidy. What is under-recovery? Finally, in 2019 the president decided to bring it. He should have done that all along,” he said.