Senator Femi Okurounmu told SUN Newspaper that President Muhammadu Buhari will have a hard time fighting corruption because his campaign was funded by some of the most corrupt Nigerians ever.
Okurounmu made the comment during an Interview session when asked what he expects from President Buhari. He said, ”I expect him to fulfil all the promises he made to us. I expect him to fight corruption; in fact that is the most important thing. Corruption is the greatest problem of this country. I think his greatest challenge is fighting corruption because in fighting corruption, those who would first of all put in jail are all those who supported him to get to power.
”All those who surrounded him, who funded him, who carried him around are among the most corrupt in this country. So, he would first of all send them to jail, not minding who they are. When he has done that, I am sure this country would be one of the best in the world. Then, he can feel free to send every corrupt person to jail and nobody will complain. But if we take the example of when Umaru Yar’Adua was in office and the people having dinner with him every night were the Iboris and Odilis; they were always having dinner with him at the State House and they were the most corrupt people of the Obasanjo regime.
”Obasanjo had files on them but Obasanjo made them to fund Yar’Adua’s campaign and said they should go and drop their own ambition. So, they funded Yar’Adua’s campaign and when he got there, he couldn’t do anything to them.
”That has always been the problem of every president because it is the corrupt people who get you there and when you get there and you want to fight corruption, it means you have to first of all get all those who got you there and that is the problem Buhari has now.
”If you want to fight corruption – I don’t want to name names but he must first of all get all those corrupt people who put him there.