The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has urged President
Muhammadu Buhari not to stop at throwing a jibe at former President
Olusegun Obasanjo for spending $16bn on power projects as he held sway as
the President but must go a step further by instituting a public probe of
the power spending and other expenditure during Obasanjo’s tenure.
While reacting to comment credited to President Buhari that despite the
huge expenditure, there was no corresponding power supply to Nigerians,
the CNPP Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu in a statement noted that
one of the ways to give the anti-graft position of the President Buhari
government a meaning is when he openly probes the Obasanjo administration.
“We expect President Buhari to institute a full scale public inquiry into
the spending on power by former President Obasanjo’s administration. This
will give teeth to his anti-graft war.
“His administration’s concentration on one particular administration,
while leaving the ones before the former President Goodluck Jonathan
government has been the reason for our doubt of the sincerity in his war
“Although President Buhari did not mention any name, he was widely quoted
as saying that a former Nigerian leader was bragging at a time that his
administration spent $16bn on power sector, yet there was nothing to show
“Therefore, if the President knows what we don’t know, it is time to prove
to Nigerians that he is really fighting corruption.
“We now call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately begin the probe
and assure all Nigerians that he is not selective on his anti-graft war.
“Mr. President must equally probe members of his own cabinet fingered in
corruption cases to make his war on corruption total”, the CNPP said.