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Our party has no tolerance for corruption, Buhari says
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari might have irked Nigerians when he said that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), does not have tolerance for corruption, contrary to wide perception that he has failed to prosecute his loyalists.
Buhari reiterated his anti-corruption mantra on Tuesday in Oshogbo, capital of Osun State, during the APC mega rally, ahead of the Saturday’s governorship election.
He also said the APC would not relent but would continue to invest in new projects which would improve the lives of people in Osun Sate and Nigeria at large.
“The children of all Nigerians must enjoy quality infrastructures, education, health care, job opportunities,” Buhari said.
The President called on voters in the state to vote for Gboyega Oyetola, the party’s governorship candidate, stating that “Oyetola is ready to work.”
He said the eight years of Rauf Aregbesola, the incumbent governor, in Osun has brought about massive development in the state.
He outlined some of his achievements in the state to include road construction and rehabilitation, and investment in health care programmes, as well as other programmes.
Buhari recalled that a school he commissioned at Oshogbo in 2016 is one of the best schools in Nigeria.
He said the success of Aregbesola administration were clear examples of a governor working for a state which also applied to other APC governors.
Buhari said for Osun to continue on the path of progress, Oyetola must be voted in as the governor, adding that without Oyetola, Osun would be in darkness.
“We will also continue to develop and bring up new impactful projects,” Buhari said.
He said APC would continue to ensure inclusiveness and economic diversification.
While Buhari has continued to harp on his administration’s fight against corruption, he has been unable to prosecute those who are loyal to him. One of such example of bias is the case against Babachir Lawal, Buhari’s former appointee as Secretary to Government of the Federation.
Lawal was sacked for an alleged embezzlement of the fund for the welfare of internally displaced persons in the northeast part of the country but he has not been prosecuted.
Kemi Adeosun, former Minister of Finance who recently resigned over certificate forgery was allowed to return to London without the federal government initiating criminal case against her.