Corruption: You are not a saint, PDP stalwart replies Buhari

A member of the Nigerian Senators’ Forum, Yisa Braimoh (who represented Edo North from 2007 to 2011) has asked former Military Head of State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, to stop accusing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of institutionalising corruption in Nigeria.
Braimoh, in a statement issued on Sunday, said that the puritanical stance of Buhari was false, as he (Buhari) was not a saint as far as corruption is concerned.
According to him, Buhari’s claim that PDP institutionalised corruption in Nigeria was not correct, arguing that corruption was not about political platforms but individuals running them.
He wondered why Buhari could associate with corrupt politicians and yet claim to be a clean person.
“General Buhari missed the point when he accused PDP of institutionalising corruption in Nigeria; PDP did  not institutionalise corruption;  rather, successive PDP administrations at the federal, level have been fighting the corruption scourge, which individuals and politicians in public and private offices, since the military era.
have deepened through their greed and deep-seated acquisitive tendencies.
“I am not surprised that Buhari would re-echo the opposition’s mantra whenever it is convenient to demonise the PDP even when it is quite clear that those politicians in the PDP who used their offices to corruptly enrich themselves are today in the same party with him.
“It is indeed paradoxical that Buhari, who presents to the world as one who hates corruption, would gladly cohabit with corrupt former ministers, serving and former governors in the APC in a bid to wrest power from President Goodluck Jonathan.

“Or can he vouch for the integrity of those questionable characters around him in the APC? If he can do so, he will sadly be putting his integrity to question and if he cannot vouch for their integrity, why would he be in bed with them? Is it for the sake of using them to achieve his quest for presidential power? is that not in itself dubious and corrupt?”, he asked.
Braimoh declared that while he would not want to question the integrity of Buhari himself while in the saddle as Head of State, he believed that he (Buhari) is not a saint “as saints can only be found in heaven.”
“But to present  himself as incorruptible while the rest of us are villainous  politicians and individuals does not portray him as humble; and arrogance is corruption of the mind,” he said.

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