Former Chairman, Senate Committee on Water Resources, Senator Joseph Waku, said that it was ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo who brought corruption into Nigeria and so should not be exempted from scrutiny.
The Senator asked President Muhammadu Buhari to either subject him (Obasanjo) to a probe or his current war against corruption would not be complete. According to him, Nigerians would not take President Buhari’s fight against corruption seriously if Obasanjo was left untouched by anti-graft agency, that is, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Speaking to journalists Wednesday, on the sideline at the ongoing Annual General Assembly of the Arewa Consultative Forum, in Kaduna, Mr. Waku said that in his 50 years of political experience has fetched him huge knowledge of how the system of government works.
“Look, I am 70 years old now and have been in this game for more than 50 years.
“Therefore, there is no way I can just look at some totality of what people are saying about corruption and believe it as it has been reported to me. If I have an investigating mechanism, I know that this accusation is real obviously.
“I have access to authority. I have access to Mr. President. I told Mr. President that this corruption probe of past regimes, if you don’t probe Obasanjo, then you haven’t done anything yet. Corruption in Nigeria was introduced by Obasanjo.”
Speaking also on the position of the All Progressive Congress (APC) on next presidential election, Sen. Joseph Waku who is a chieftain of the party acknowledged that without Buhari, the ruling party would lose the 2019 general election. He stated that APC was able to win the 2015 election due to support from most politicians who capitalized on Buhari’s honesty, otherwise, they were bound to loose.