Kwara speaker to Buhari, your anti-graft war has failed
Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad, has said that it was wrong for President Muhammadu Buhari to have made anti-graft war the priority of his government’s programme considering the slow dispensation of justice in Nigeria, adding that the anti-graft war has failed.
He said this during an interview with journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital where he pointed out that Albeit, Buhari was Nigeria’s best shot at fighting corruption since independence, but that’s no more the case because he bungled it.
“I delivered a lecture at the Nigeria Union of Journalists event in Ibadan when this government was less than six months. I told them, you cannot fight corruption in Nigeria the way the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission or the Federal Government was fighting it. From day one, you know that our court system is slow; the Administration of Criminal Justice has reduced it by 40 or 50 per cent but it is still slow.
“You have only four years, how can you place your number one priority on a platform that you know is beyond your control, the judiciary? You cannot fight corruption with the judiciary alone, you cannot,” Ahmad said.
He urged the Federal Government to make Nigerians embrace the anti-graft war by exposing corrupt people and strengthening anti-graft institutions.
The speaker also said it was prejudicial for the Federal Government to mention the names of the people being prosecuted in court for allegedly looting the treasury.
His words, “We have told him (Buhari) that he should strengthen the state and federal lawmakers. Get the buy-in of Nigerians, which is zero at the moment. Nobody believes you are fighting corruption; when you place that priority on the door of the judiciary and after three years, you tell me that the judiciary is the stumbling block; we warned you that you cannot fight corruption in four years through the judiciary, you cannot.”