A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and global security expert, Ambassador Abayomi Nurain Mumuni has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to see his re-election as an opportunity to further deepen and improve his anti-corruption credentials.
Mumuni in a statement by his media aide, Rasheed Abubakar, he said such a move will help to improve Nigeria’s global perception and dispel concerns from some quarters over the selectiveness of President Buhari’s anti-corruption fight.
“It is evident that President Buhari rode on the back of his widely perceived history of integrity and sincerity to victory in this election. As such, this presents yet another shot for the President at cleaning Nigeria’s longstanding Augean stables of corruption, and this time – very importantly – without caring whose ox is gored,” Mumuni said.
He opined that “complaints of President Buhari’s selectivity in favour of his party members in the anti-corruption fight have marred his otherwise unblemished record of public probity and international appraisals of Nigeria’s corruption index. It is time to get rid of this corruption baggage once and for all, and from within and without the APC.”
Mumuni, a former Lagos gubernatorial candidate of the defunct Congress of Progressives Change (CPC) also urged Buhari to intensify his efforts at his on-going infrastructure drive nationwide to leave a legacy of unfinished and barely conceived projects at the end of his administration.
Assessing Buhari’s first term, Mumuni, who said the president should be commended for not emulating his predecessors by abandoning uncompleted but critical infrastructural projects, urged Buhari to continue in that regard.
“That way, he would have written his name in gold in the annals of Nigeria’s history, and he and his party will be remembered in positive perpetuity for bequeathing to Nigeria a massive wealth of infrastructure at the end of his second and final term in office”, he said.
He urged President Buhari to do away with ethnic and political sentiments in the appointment of aides in sensitive parastatals of government. He advised Buhari to give preference to skill competence, pedigree and integrity when appointing officials.
Mumuni added that “I also hope he (Buhari) will use the opportunity of such appointments to unite Nigerians better under his government while alleviating the complaints of ethnic and religious marginalisation that rocked his first tenure