Senate President Ahmad Lawan has stated that those saying corruption thrives under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration are petty.
He said this during the second national summit on diminishing corruption and the launch of the national ethics and integrity policy by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, during the week.
According to Lawan, Buhari’s administration has done “so well,” adding that no previous government ever hinged its campaigns on fighting corruption like this government.
He said the current administration never leaves corruption cases unattended to.
“I don’t know who they are and I don’t know what their facts are. But I will not speak to speculations; I speak to facts. I want to see the facts that there’s more corruption in this administration than the previous administrations.
“You will recall that in a particular former administration, we know that somebody once said that what people accused the government of corruption was simple stealing. This administration does not see anything that appears like corruption or thievery and leaves it untreated. So, I believe it depends on who is talking,” Lawan said.
The Senate president maintained that when a government has opposition, it is likely the opposition will tell the people there’s so much ‘persecution’ of the opposition, that there’s so much corruption in this administration than the previous one.
“Let me be a bit more decent and maybe non-political. But I want to tell you that this administration has done so well because we campaigned on the basis of three pillars of anti-corruption, the fight against insurgency and insecurity across the country, and the revitalisation of our economy.
“So, no administration or political party, in the history of Nigeria that fought its campaigns on the basis of fighting corruption in Nigeria, in fact, there were administrations that never mentioned corruption in their entire tenure.”
Speaking further, he posited that this administration has stood firmly in fighting corruption, and he wants to believe that those who are saying there’s more corruption in Nigeria today than before are simply trying to be partisan.
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