You are morally bankrupt, Presidency replies Sule Lamido

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ABUJA, NOVEMBER 13, 2017 – The Presidency has de­scribed the recent inter­views by a presidential as­pirant, Alhaji Sule Lamido of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari over the ongoing war against cor­ruption, as a reflection of the “in­tellectual and moral bankruptcy of the opposition in the country.”

In a reaction to the latest of the interviews published on Sat­urday, presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, warned that there was a grand plan by politicians seeking the destruc­tion of national institutions such as the courts, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and everything good that Nigeria stands for.

Shehu said: “It is only in Nige­ria that a leader will divert mon­ey belonging to the public into his children’s account then turns around to start pontificating on public morals, in the process sub­jecting the nation’s honest lead­ership to daily attacks based on falsehood.

“It is even worse that such a person, facing criminal prosecu­tion will start going around, say­ing he wants to be president. Is this not one of the reasons why other countries are laughing at Nigeria? This is hooliganism. It is not opposition politics.

“As stated by the Buhari Me­dia Support Group (BMSG), ‘the nation’s war against corruption spearheaded by EFCC was inci­dentally formulated by the a past PDP administration. It is a tragic irony that the leaders of the same party are doing their utmost to weaken or destroy it. Watch it, is that why he is seeking to lead the country?

“Time and again, President Buhari had lamented that strong­men had destroyed the country’s strong institutions and that it will take strong men to rebuild them. He deserves the support of eve­ryone to rebuild such institu­tions because they serve a com­mon good.”

While appealing to oppo­sition politicians to give Buhari the support he needs to rebuild national institutions such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission they either stifled or destroyed, Shehu challenged the former Jigawa governor to con­vince Nigerians that his trench­ant attacks against the govern­ment and the judiciary were not a smokescreen to becloud the at­mosphere of his criminal prose­cution.

He continued: “In his diatribe published in the Vanguard news­paper last week, the former gov­ernor not only set out to mock the President but the judiciary and important national institutions as part of an orchestrated plot to divert public attention from his scam related cases.

“If President Buhari’s war against corruption as he said, was a mockery what does one say of Governor Lamido’s sworn ef­forts to to sabotage the country’s efforts to rid itself of the cancer of corruption?

“If accountability of public of­ficials is the very essence of a ma­ture democracy, it is indeed ironic that a politician seeking the lead­ership of the country making a mockery of institutions and lead­ers seeking to entrench that.

“As a country, Nigeria settled for President Buhari not just as President but the watchman of people’s wealth. The citizens are happy with that and the whole world is applauding.

“The African Union, the AU just named him as the Champi­on of the war against corruption. Opposition politicians like Gov­ernor Lamido need to come to terms with the fact that their act needs updating,” he said.

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