President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerians are forgetful because they allow people who have been accused of corruption win elections.
The President said this While accessing his administration’s fight against corruption in an exclusive interview with NTA, aired Friday evening of June 11,2021.
According to the president,”When I was a bit younger, in uniform, when I came, I arrested president, vice-president, governors, ministers, commissioners, and put them under restriction or detention, and told them they are guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. Now, this is opposite, democratic system, as people would like to believe,” he said Nigerians are very forgetful.
We put investigation panels, virtually based on the present geopolitical zones. For those who held positions and because it was a law for people to declare their assets when they become governors or ministers or commissioners or head of security agencies, they were investigated. Those that cannot explain them stranded extra resources they have in terms of assets and in the banks were asked to surrender. Eventually, I was arrested and detained, and they were given back their loot. So, this is Nigeria.
“Nigerians, I think, are very forgetful. I’m very pleased that majority of Nigerians think that this administration, under the circumstances, is doing its best. But people who misappropriated funds, a lot of them were elected members whether at the state or federal level. And their base still values them”.
The president further said,”You can accuse them or even try to prove that when they were elected or in ministries, that they had only one house, but now they have several in Abuja or Lagos. Really, if you try to work out their legitimate salaries, vis-à-vis their expenditure, you will be embarrassed”.