Yakasai flays Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade
Integrity of judiciary under threat, says group
ELDER statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure justice and fairness in his fight against corruption, if he wants Nigerians to take his administration seriously.
Yakasai, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart in Kano State, said the president must avoid what he described as selective fight against the opposition party in the country.
Meanwhile, a human rights group, International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety), has raised the alarm that the integrity of the Nigerian judiciary is at stake due to perceived executive meddlesomeness in some of the concluded petitions arising from the 2015 general elections.
In a statement made available to reporters in Kano, Yakasai cited arrest of former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki and the current tribunal judgment on PDP candidates as clear testimonies of the president’s lopsided fight against corruption.
His words: “It is on record that early in the life of the current administration, the personal residence of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, in Abuja and that of his father in Sokoto were singled out for search by officers of the Directorate of State Services (DSS).
“This selective action, known only in a police state, yields itself to far reaching speculations, viewed against the background that Dasuki was one of the military officers said to have arrested Buhari when his regime was toppled from power.
“While Nigerians respect the integrity and impartiality of members of the election petitions tribunals at present carrying out their assignments in various places, it is very strange that most of their judgments and rulings are against the opposition political parties and their members”.
He described Buhari’s comment in India as shocking, insisting that the president’s statement has shown that he is not sensitive to public opinion.
The president was said to have declared in India that he would not lose sleep over criticism that his fight against corruption is seen to be selective.
Yakasai insisted that Buhari’s body language is already undermining “ a considerable share of the reservoir of goodwill and sympathy hitherto enjoyed by this administration, and the overwhelming feeling today is that Nigeria is on a walk back to dictatorship”. He therefore appealed that the President must ensure that justice should be seen done in his fight against corruption irrespective of political affiliation.