A former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Lt-Gen Jeremiah Useni has hinted that the present anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari will be extended to the administration of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo.
Nigeria’s former minister responsible for the administration of the Abuja Federal Capital Territory under the Sani Abacha military junta, Jeremiah Timbut Useni, who was a Lt. General in the Nigerian Army, in this interview with Vanguard, gives his views on sundry national and state issues.
Below are excerpts from the chat;
Do you think President Buhari is upholding the rule of law in the way he is handling national issues including the trial of Nnamdi Kanu?
He is following the rule of law and I don’t know where he has gone wrong, unless you will tell me where he is going wrong. We just fought a war on Biafra and we now have peace, so for some people to come again and start reviving Biafra they are not asking for peace and you want a responsible government to just keep quiet?
Biafra issue had been locked up, it should remain locked up. May be that time the person in question was very young , he didn’t know how people suffered; we fought for three years so you can imagine the number of people dead and you want to revive that?
Recently, former President Obasanjo indicted the National Assembly, accusing it of corruption, as a senator what is your take on that?
He has been replied and I agree with the response. He brought corruption to the National Assembly with the way he was giving out money to senators especially when he wanted to go for third term. He spent a lot of money he can’t account for.
What Buhari is doing now, is like what Awolowo said when he was Minister of Finance under General Gowon and the government then put up a probe and wanted to go backward to past government. But Awolowo said no; new logs go on top of old ones, to get to the old ones; you must remove the new ones first.
That is what Buhari is doing now, trying to clear the new logs so that he can get access to the old ones; when he clears the new ones and gets access to the old ones, the case of Obasanjo will come up. So he has no excuse at all to say such a thing because if there is any corruption at all in the National Assembly, he was the cause.