President Muhammadu Buhari must implement Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee’s report on alleged corruption in internally displaced persons’ camps in the Northeast, Senator representing Kaduna Central Shehu Sani has said.
He warned that failure to implement the report will pose a serious threat to survival of All Progressives Congress (APC) beyond 2019.
Sani, who the chairman, Senate Committee on Humanitarian Crisis in the Northeast, also warned that any further delay to brief and make the report on the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, available to Nigerians is capable of tarnishing the long built integrity and reputation of the President.
The senator spoke with reporters after he handed over documents of a newly purchased skill acquisition centre to the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at Sabon-Tasha, Kaduna.
The lawmaker said the fight against corruption should not be limited to people in the opposition parties alone, but also people within the ruling APC to show Nigerians that the party meant well for the people.
He said: “I am as worried as any meaningful Nigerian is. I personally investigated the handling of the funds in the Northeastern part of the country. Presidency also set up a committee headed by Vice President Osinbajo, who has also completed its investigation and submitted its report. But it’s been months now that Mr. President came back to the country and nothing has been heard of it.”
The senator added: “That is why I said, I hope the report has not been eaten by rodents and soft copy infected by virus. But if there is nothing of such, I believe Mr. President must seriously take action against this. And if he doesn’t, then the proverbial insecticide and deodorant will simply be applied.
“If we are serious about fighting corruption, it should be total not only people that are far from us or people who are not in our party. Our President should know that his credibility and integrity are hanging until this issue is addressed and he has to address it very well.
“There should be no hidden place, there should be no immunity as much as we have the will, the capacity to put the people from opposition parties to jail, and we should also do that to people who come from APC, if they are guilty. That will show we are serious about what we are doing, except if we have double face anti-corruption crusade, which is not good for this country.”