FORMER Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu, said President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated a high level of integrity in piloting the affairs of the Country, noting that the president was doing his best to put Nigeria back on the track of honour and progress with transparent leadership and a fierce anti-graft war.
Ojikutu, said this on Saturday while speaking with newsmen at her Lagos residence.
She said it was unfortunate that in spite of the president’s efforts to advance the country’s development some powerful Nigerians were hell-bent on stopping his re-election in 2019.
According to Ojikutu, the main grouse of these forces was that they could no longer do business as usual under Buhari as they were used to cutting corners to corruptly enrich themselves.
She contended that corrupt elements in the country believed their interests would be further hurt by Buhari’s emergence in 2019, and, therefore, had resorted to “dangerously desperate” political actions to stop him.
“The drums are beating.The polity is heating. The corrupt elements are at work. Everybody is afraid that with Buhari’s continuing, whatever he or she has done will be eventually exposed.
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“Even some around the president are not saints because they are tainted too. So deep down them, they know Buhari’s emergence means trouble,” she said.
Ojikutu, however, urged political leaders that to remember that they do not have another country besides Nigeria and that an atmosphere of chaos profits no one, even as she called for the creation of Truth, Restitution and Recovery Commission to serve as platform for political leaders to discuss the way forward for the country and give account of their past deeds.
The former deputy governor said those who had corruptly enriched themselves could also return whatever they had taken from the country through the commission.
She recalled South Africa did a similar thing immediately after Apartheid, saying that the commission helped to heal old wounds and strengthen unity in the country.
On the 2019 elections, Ojikutu urged Nigerians to vote wisely as those who had looted the country in the past were now parading themselves as Messiahs.
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