Rumors of corruption have been swirling around President Muhammadu Buhari’s men and many would expect that as one who came to power with a pledge to tackle the menace, he would have expedited action in prosecuting officials alleged to have been engulfed in the act.
President Buhari’s snail pace has led to people referring to him as ‘Baba go slow’ but he appears unperturbed about the tag as he maintains he has not condoned officials who have smeared their integrity with corruption.
Speaking at a meeting with some Nigerians in Dubai, Buhari stated he may be slow but not corrupt. According to him, he has not looted the country’s resources.
“I may be ‘Baba go slow’ but I didn’t loot,” he said in response to a question on how well he’s fighting corruption and treasury looters.
Buhari stressed that he is not in a hurry to make mistakes. He recalled faulting during his time as a military head of state where he sent many to prison without been tried in court.
“Whoever calls me ‘Baba go slow’, I’m very cautious of historical antecedent. Since I was in a hurry, I was locked up, I’m going slow so that I can survive.
“I ‘bark but I cannot bite, Baba go slow,’ I have once ruled this country, some of you know that once upon a time I came in uniform and what I did was to arrest from the president downward. The president, Vice President, the governor’s and ministers, other than the president and the Vice President, the others, I put them in Kiri-Kiri, and I told them they are guilty until they can prove themselves innocent.
“And you know subsequently what happened- we put about six tribunals base on the geopolitical zones, and those who were ministers and governors were asked to justify what they have in the banks and physical on the ground relative to their legitimate earnings.
“There were only two Nigerians then to my knowledge who were found to be very Honourable, both of them are dead now: Biliaminu Usman, a junior minister, from Jigawa State, and Adamu Chiroma, a minister of finance and governor of central bank.
“They were incredible Nigerians. But you know what happened, eventually, I myself was arrested, I was put in detention for three and a quarter years, luckily for me, I was not stupid, I didn’t take anybody’s money, so there was no bad publicity for me because they couldn’t find anything against me.
“Eventually I was released, and that was why I made up my mine since the bulk is partisan politics, I joined the partisan politics. You also know what happened, I tried three times, and I managed to succeed the fourth time.”