Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to start his anti-corruption war with himself, the Vice President, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, before extending same to other Nigerians.
He said this while speaking as a guest in an interactive programme tagged, “Seventh Roundtable with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo: Reflections of an Elder Statesman,” organized by the institution’s Staff Club of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, on Friday.
Responding to a question from a student on his view about the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, Obasanjo said the president had left no one in doubt that he was willing to battle corruption. He described corruption as a ‘hydra-headed monster’ that must not be allowed to live but that the fight against the monster must begin from the top.
I believe very much that fighting corruption just has to start from the top. That is, from the president, the vice president, the senate president, the speaker of the House, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
Obasanjo also said the instruments being used today to fight corruption in the country were all fashioned out by his administration.
The instruments we are using today (to fight corruption) were all fashioned out by me when I was in office. We did not have anything like the instruments (ICPC, EFCC) before. Not only did I bring up these instruments, I also looked for the right people who could make the instruments work. Nuhu Ribadu was in charge of the EFCC and then, the fear of Ribadu was the beginning of wisdom. For ICPC, I specially head-hunted somebody like Justice Mustapha Akanbi to run it.
The former president also commented on Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, saying,
Soyinka is slippery and he is no man to be trusted. I will trust Wole Soyinka as an “aparo hunter” (partridge hunter) than trusting him as a political analyst. I have no issues with him.