The Presidency has attacked Sule Lamido, former governor of Jigawa State who has not hidden his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity made allegations that Lamido was on a mission to undermine key government institutions in an interview recently.
He said in a statement in Abuja on Sunday that the politicians were particularly targeting the destruction of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the courts.
Shehu accused Lamido, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), of nursing a grand plan to thwart the on-going war against corruption.
He, however, described the attacks by Lamido on President Muhammadu Buhari “as “a reflection of the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the opposition in the country.
“It is only in Nigeria that a leader will divert money belonging to the public into his children’s account then turns round to start pontificating on public morals, in the process subjecting the nation’s honest leadership to daily attacks based on falsehood.
“It is even worse that such a person, facing criminal prosecution will start going round saying he wants to be president. Is this not one of the reasons why other countries are laughing at Nigeria?
”This is hooliganism. It is not opposition politics,’’ Shehu noted.
The presidential spokesman challenged Lamido to convince Nigerians that his trenchant attacks against the government and the judiciary were not a smokescreen to becloud the atmosphere of his criminal prosecution.
”In his diatribe published in the Vanguard newspaper last week, it is clear that the former governor not only set out to mock the President but the judiciary and important national institutions.’’
According to him, this is part of an orchestrated plot to divert public attention from his scam related cases.
He added that, “If President Buhari’s war against corruption as he said, was a mockery what does one say of Lamido’s sworn efforts to sabotage the country’s efforts to rid itself of the cancer of corruption?
“If accountability of public officials is the very essence of a mature democracy, it is indeed ironic that a politician, seeking the leadership of the country, making a mockery of institutions and leaders seeking to entrench that.
“As a country, Nigeria settled for President Buhari not just as President but the watchman of people’s wealth.”
Shehu observed that the citizens are happy with Buhari’s efforts in fighting corruption and the whole world was applauding him, while the African Union, the AU named him as the Champion of the war against corruption.
He stated that opposition politicians like Lamido needed to come to terms with the fact that their act needed updating.
Shehu further quoted Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) that said, “the nation’s war against corruption spearheaded by EFCC was incidentally formulated by the a past PDP administration.
““It is a tragic irony that the leaders of the same party are doing their utmost to weaken or destroy it. Watch it, is that why he is seeking to lead the country?
“”Time and again, President Buhari had lamented that strongmen had destroyed the country’s strong institutions and that it will take strong men to rebuild them.
““He deserves the support of everyone to rebuild such institutions because they serve a common good.”
The presidential aide, therefore, appealed to opposition politicians to give President Buhari the support he needed to rebuild national institutions such as the EFCC.