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Ahmed Makarfi: Buhari’s Corruption War Not Politically-Motivated

Ahmed Makarfi, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s national caretaker committee, has cleared the air on the insincerity trailing President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war which has been deemed politically-motivated.
This was revealed during an interview with Kaduna, his home-state with journalists yesterday according to Premium Times. He said it was important “to set up a machinery for an institutional reform on how security votes are managed”.
“This affects not only the federal government, because if you come down to the states, you are going to find similar happenings,” he said.
“Even local government chairmen have security votes and you are going to find that their expenditure follows similar pattern.”
Mr. Makarfi also spoke on the corruption war embarked by the Federal Government, saying that the war was not politically-motivated. He however cautioned against targeting the wrong people so as not to derail the anti-corruption war.
According to him, the government and security agencies have the right to invite people to explain issues that might arise in the course of investigation “whether you are in PDP or not, whether you are politician or not.”

“If I’m to be fair, I will not say it is politics,” Mr. Makarfi said. “If you are invited purely on the issue of campaign funds, anybody can be invited to explain, it depends on the essence of the report.”
Mr. Makarfi said in doing so, the government should avoid targeting “middlemen” and concentrate on “those who know the source of the money being investigated”.
The former governor said the government should investigate and prosecute those who approved and released public funds illegally.
His views may come as a massive boost to the current anti-corruption war which has received international recognition and accolades locally.
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