Elder statesman and former political adviser to ex-president Shehu Shagari, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade as a mere propaganda war, lamenting that he was only punishing members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).
Yakassai, who is also the chairman of the Northern Elders’ Council, told newsmen in Abuja that any fight against corruption must be holistic rather than being centred on just an individual.
He scolded the Buhari administration for its insincere fight against corruption and open disrespect for valid court orders, urging him to obey all court orders relating to the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Yakassai further lamented that Buhari’s bias antigraft campaign has unfortunately won over right thinking men in the society.
He said: “The federal government of Nigeria is only fighting Sambo Dasuki. Should the fight against corruption begin and end with Dasuki? Is he the only ‘corrupt’ person? Till today, they have not even started his case in the court. He was granted bail twice and they refused to let him go. This is not a fight against corruption. It is a propaganda fight.
“They even convinced people like Prof Wole Soyinka who now believes that there is a fight against corruption, but there is no such thing. Otherwise, how many people have they arrested?
“All the people that are arrested today are connected with Dasuki. No other person has been picked. What of the governors, ministers, top civil servants and local government officials? Can you fight one person and say you are fighting corruption?”