The vice-presidential candidate of Labour Party, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed has stated that no government in Nigeria history promoted corruption like Buhari government. He further stated that President Muhammadu Buhari government does not understand how to fight corruption in the past seven years.
Baba-Ahmed also listed seven manners in which corruption has perpetrated into Nigeria, adding that no government in the history of Nigeria has promoted corruption more than Buhari’s administration. Baba-Ahmed made this claim during an interview with Vanguard Newspaper.
According to his words; “I am not so sure President Buhari really understands corruption. I can quickly tell you that there are seven different ways corruption is perpetrated in Nigeria. First, inflated government contracts, which is responsible for anything between 55% to 65% of the quantum of corruption. Second one is unremitted revenue.
“The third one is extortion – from the N50 collected on the road to the multi-million dollar deals that are done before anybody could see the president. Fourth one is conversion of public property into private. Fifth is the use of security votes – the way you have it before is the way you still have it today.
Sixth one is wastefulness – criminal wastefulness, anything you can create to spend money on recklessly, including undue use of private jets and any other instruments of government that is wasteful, it is wasteful, it is corruption. The seventh one is undue influence of fraternity and relationship, which we call influence-peddling (man knows man). That is, if you don’t know somebody that knows somebody nothing for you in Nigeria”
Baba-Ahmed also talked about addressing corruption through technology saying a larger chunk of corruption in the country has emanated from administrative aspect.
“Buhari has never scientifically looked at corruption. Corruption does not perpetrate itself. There are ways that it happens. Of these seven, some are administrative, some are legal and you will discover that about 70% of the way corruption is done in Nigeria is simple administration.
“What President Buhari has been saying about corruption since 1984 has been mere rhetorics, he has never fought corruption till this moment. The way contracts were awarded during the PDP tenure is the same way that contracts are awarded today.
“Arresting people does not address the issue of corruption. It addresses the criminality. What we should be technically interested in is how did the act happen? They inflated the contract so how would you stop it? It is to control the mechanism. Logical limits and mathematical limits. Those jailed now you will discover that some of their cases started during the PDP era.
“To fight corruption, first pass the bill on inflated contracts. Secondly, deploy technology so that people do not under-report or divert Nigeria’s revenue,” Baba-Ahmed said.
He asserted that the president who wants to solve corruption problems should surround himself with technocrats and experts rather than his family members.
Baba-Ahmed added saying; “You cannot deal with extortion by not leading. When you surround yourself in Aso Rock Villa with friends, family and cronies, the natural tendency is for them to extort money from business people and politicians before they get to see you. Surround yourself with technocrats and experts in various fields, not a nephew who was never elected.
“In the meantime, there has never been any government in the history of Nigeria that has promoted corruption in the way Buhari’s government has done and the worst form of corruption is a fake war on corruption which Buhari used to deceive Nigerians in 2014 during his presidential campaign. I stand by what I have said,” Peter Obi running mate Baba Ahmed stated.
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