Fayose to Buhari : Stop acting like grandfather of corruption

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has urged President Mohammadu
Buhari to stop acting like the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria by
shielding his men from probe, just as he asked Nigerians to demand the
release of the authentic report of the Committee on Audit of Defence
Equipment Procurement in the Nigerian Armed Forces.

He described claim by the federal government that the probe panel only
looked into procurement and contracts awarded by the military between
2011-2015 because documents regarding procurement from 2007 to 2010
were not available as a clear indication of his support for

In a statement issued on Sunday by his Special Assistant on Public
Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said “it
is now obvious to the entire world that anyone that is in President
Buhari’s good books can never be adjudged as corrupt even if such a
person is caught
looting the entire money in Nigeria’s treasury.”

The governor said it smacked of sheer hypocrisy and nepotism for
anyone to accept that fraud could have been perpetrated on procurement
and award of contracts in an establishment without the involvement of
the director of procurement.

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“There are many petitions relating to the defence from 2007 that are
been discarded, the question is why? There are several petitions
against APC leaders that are not being looked into, the question is

“Fghting corruption and targeting only opponents of the president is
in itself corruption,” he said.

He said; “Buhari’s’ Minister of Interior, Major General Abdulrahman
Dambazau (rtd) was Chief of Army Staff between 2008 and 2010 and the
current Chief Of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Buratai served as
Director of Procurements, Defence Headquarters, from 2012 till May

“It is a fact that the committee in its terms of reference said it
queried all procurement from 2007 to 2015. Even the Press Release
issued was titled; ‘Third Interim Report of the Presidential Committee
on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement from 2007 to 2015.’

“First paragraph of the committee report also indicated that it used
2007-2015 as reference, stating that the committee ‘analysed
procurement contracts awarded by or for the Nigerian Army between 2007
and 2015.’

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“Questions Nigerians must now begin to ask President Buhari and his
government are; where is the report of Presidential Committee on Audit
of Defence Equipment Procurement relating to 2007 to 2010? Who
doctored the committee report and why?

“Lai Mohammed said the Committee would commence the audit of
procurement from 2007 to 2010 ‘as soon as the necessary documents are
available’, it is necessary that Nigerians are told who the custodians
of the documents are. Why were documents on procurement from 2011 and
2015 available and those of 2007 to 2010 not available?

“Early this year, we were told that an ally of President Buhari and
chieftain of the APC, Brig. General Jafaru Isa (rtd) refunded N100
million of the N170 million he allegedly received from ex-NSA, Sambo

“Jafaru Isa who was a member of the 19-man Buhari Transition Committee
was released after he was allegedly assisted by the Presidency to
refund N100 million to the anti-graft commission and since then,
nothing has been heard about the case. He was not charged to court
like others.

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“It took the Ministry of Defence and the Code of Conduct Bureau only
one week to clear Buratai but others from the opposition party would
be languishing in prison while EFCC go about fishing for evidence
against them.

“Like I and other well-meaning Nigerians have maintained, fighting
corruption is a good idea but the moment documents of probe panels and
being doctored to shield those seen as the President’s men, the entire
purpose of the corruption fight has been defeated.

“The international community must therefore prevail on President
Buhari to stop acting like the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria by
making the anti-corruption war all-inclusive instead of this clear
persecution of his perceived political enemies, and the first step to
demonstrate that will be the immediate release of report of the
Presidential Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement
covering 2007 to 2015.”

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