A shocking revelation was made by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, concerning the ongoing anti-corruption war in the country regarding the Abuja farms dicovery.
While speaking with newsmen in Lagos over the weekend, Dogara expressed shock over the wicked manner in which some leaders looted the nation’s treasury, disclosing the recovery of monies running into billions of naira which were buried in farms in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Although he did not mention the exact amount that has so far been recovered from the farmlands, the Speaker however said he was informed that an estimated N1.5 billion cash had so far been exhumed. His words:
“If you look at the massive looting of the treasury, actually, I have been in government for quite some time, I never, never could have imagined the scale of corruption that we are witnessing, where people took lots of money running into billions and buried them in farms.
“As we speak, they are recovering monies from someone’s farm somewhere around Abuja. It is very unfortunate, where people stole money just for the sake of stealing. If you were the one who was in charge of fighting corruption, you would have even been shocked by the scale of the problem.”
Mr. Dogara pointed out that the major challenge facing the anti-corruption war is that the scale of the problem far outweighs the anticipation of the agencies. He therefore, warned that if care is not taken in the process, grave mistakes would be inevitable.
The speaker opposed claims by the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that the fight against corruption was lopsided and aimed at witch-hunting their members. In his explanation he said:
“If we are talking about corruption, naturally, it will relate to those that had opportunity to serve in government. You will recall that, especially, the PDP had been in power for a number of years, more than a decade and if you were to weigh members of opposition that are in government now and had opportunity to serve, those that would have tendencies to engage in pilfering of resources, majority will come from PDP, except we are not being realistic.”
Meanwhile, during the breaking of Ramadan fast organised for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the physically challenged at the Presidential Villa last week, President Buhari made it clear that his administration will crush anyone who attempts to hinder the on-going anti-corruption fight.