Former vice chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war would amount to nothing if the anti-graft agencies are not strengthened, refocused and repositioned for optimum performance. He stated this yesterday in Abuja while interacting with newsmen on the 2019 general election and other topical national issues. The party chieftain insisted that the only way to rid the country of corruption is by building a strong anti-graft institutions devoid of executive interference, adding that the agencies should be given free hand to operate.
Ozichukwu who acknowledged corruption as the bane of Nigeria’s under development regretted that the anti-graft agencies have not been adequately empowered to deliver on their mandates.
Speaking further, the PDP stalwart urged Presidednt Muhammadu Buhari to be totally committed to the fight against corruption.
He said, “I will support anybody whether from PDP or not who will fight corruption. I believe PDP will fight corruption, we need somebody who will fight corruption but not with kid gloves. I don’t believe that fighting corruption should be only an election issue, it should rather be a serious moral, ethical and religious issue, for the sake of emphasis. Corruption is something every Nigerian must focus on and address , a lot of allegations have been made but not properly investigated. The EFCC should be seen as doing its work rather than being used as an instrument of persecuting perceived enemies.”
He condemned the alleged use of the anti-graft agencies to persecute, harass and intimidate perceived political opponents of the ruling party. To him the fight against corruption should not be selective but applied across board.
Meanwhile, on the gale of defection that has hit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recently he dismissed insinuation that it will destabilize the party.
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