When Mohammed Buhari in his characteristic way said at Calabar, during one of the presidential campaign rallies of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) that, he was going to jail corrupt people especially politicians, many of his party men were not happy that the ex-WAI czar and General did not sugarcoat his tongue.
For them, a man who looked to become president of Nigeria via politics and not by seizure of power, as he did when he was a soldier, even if the jailing of corrupt politicians was his intent, he did not have to state it raw the way he said it, lest his targets who were still the power bearers would frustrate the election for him. Trust Naija!
So, he was coached on how to soften his tongue, feign his mission, sweet-tongue the people as the campaign progressed like the way of typical Nigerian politician. They even taught him how to lie and make fake campaign promises so he could win election. Though all of that were not compatible with Buhari, yet he seemed to have adjusted for a while.
But no sooner did the ex-soldier whose only means against the indisciplined and the corrupt is the iron hand leave Calabar to another campaign rally in the North than he forgot all the lectures they gave him on softening his tongue against the corrupt politicians as he once against committed a Freudian Slip by saying he was going to jail corrupt politicians.
Now he has grabbed the power and true to his type and word he has been up and doing since he has been in the saddle to make good his promise and it seems there will be no respite until he jails the all the corrupt.
Just yesterday in Abuja he said that no amount of pressure will make him give up the war against corruption in the country.
In an address to a group of Nigerians who marched to the Presidential Villa to pledge their full support for his administration’s anti-corruption campaign, President Buhari promised a relentless prosecution of the war against corruption, with due regard for the rule of law.
The President said that all persons charged with stealing the nation’s resources will have their day in court and that, upon conviction, their ill-gotten wealth will be seized and returned to government coffers.
“I believe it is time for Nigeria to change course. That is why I sought election as President and got elected. As President, I am determined that Nigeria must move away from a course of endemic corruption that was leading us to perdition.
“There can be no question of our willfully allowing anyone to get away with corruption. No matter the pressure and entreaties, the anti-corruption war will continue and all accused persons will have their day in court,” the President said.
Welcoming the support of the group – Nigerians March Against Corruption, President Buhari, who was represented by his Special Adviser (Media & Publicity), Mr. Femi Adesina, also reaffirmed his commitment to curbing insecurity in the country and boosting employment opportunities for Nigerians, especially the youth.
He called for the continued support and solidarity of Nigerians as the present administration works to correct the wrongs of the past.
The Nigerians Against Corruption group led by Aisha Yesufu had condemned recent statements by some individuals against the President’s anti-corruption campaign.
They assured the President that the vast majority of ordinary Nigerians fully supported his ongoing efforts to curb corruption and urged him not to be deterred by the antics of those who do not share his laudable vision of a fairer, more equitable, corruption-free and progressive nation.