Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state has shed more light on the real reasons president Muhammadu Buhari is after ex-president Goodluck Jonathan’s men.
The former Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), who spoke at the weekend, declared that Jonathan’s men were fully in charge of managing the Nigerian economy that have been claimed to witness many corrupt practices, and it is only appropriate for the president to find out what went wrong.
The Edo governor, while addressing a Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) event for celebrating two media icons, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday night, represented the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the Chairman of the occasion, The Nation reports.
He said: “they are serving a President who appreciates that these problems have to be confronted head on. The President who boldly told the world that the issue of corruption, if it is not killed, it will kill us. And since we don’t want to die, we have to kill corruption.
“But the forces behind corruption are powerful, some are feasible and some are not feasible. They are men and women of rich, of means. Many are even billionaires in dollars and euros.
“Now where are the forces that will queue behind the president to confront the drivers of corruption. As you can see, people are already asking question about due process, people are asking questions about selective and so on.
“And it will be the job of Shehu and Femi to remind people that if you managed a house for 16 years and members of the community believed that the house has not been properly managed and that the reason for the mismanagement is that some people willfully … including resorting to corrupt practices, you can only deal with those in that house, the people who had responsibility for managing the house.
“So when you select those people and deal with them, of course it is selective. You can only select from among those who are involved with crime. Editors will help to take this to our people.”
Oshiomhole, while lamenting some acts of impunity carried out by the last administration, noted: “when my helicopter was stopped when going to Ekiti State, as a governor with immunity, I was stopped by a low-level military officer from flying to Ekiti because my purpose was to campaign. I didn’t quite hear pastors protesting on my behalf.
“When Rotimi Amaechi was detained by a Commissioner of Police in Rivers State and they moved tankers to Government House, heaven didn’t fall.
“It is only in Nigeria, that for 16 years a particular political party was in power, they were fighting corruption war but there were no casualties. It is like the Nigerian Police that sees criminal and shoot to the air.”
The governor believes that president Buhari, with his enormous political will, is determined to get the job done.
“Whether in the course of doing it, he will make a mistake that he will become too careful as to leave the job undone. For all of us who agree, lamentations won’t be our portion forever. It is time to get organized and deal with these issues,” Oshiomhole added.
Oshiomhole was recently blasted by the former minister of agriculture and rural development to the immediate past president, Akinwumi Adesina, for describing the agricultural programme of Goodluck Jonathan as dismal failure.