Presidency to PDP: Anti-corruption crusade, a reflection of what you left behind

The presidency on Tuesday said the volume and reach of the anti-corruption crusade so far reflected what the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) left behind.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this while reacting to issues raised by the PDP since the beginning of the interrogation of the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

Shehu, while fielding questions from State House reporters, said corruption became so normalized by the PDP that they had difficulty defining what is “corruption” and “theft”.

The presidential spokesman stated that President Buhari’s determination to end corruption in the country is responsible for the number of highly publicized charges and cases.

“The large number of cases, new and old, may appear to be daunting but PDP, which is now heckling the President, has forgotten that the party bequeathed this to the current administration. They had large number of cases they did not investigate and prosecute,” he said.

Shehu also cautioned the PDP to allow the process of investigation and prosecution to work instead of being preemptive about ongoing cases and unduly agitating the public.

He voiced hope that the Judiciary would deal with the cases swiftly and satisfactorily in a manner that would deter other would-be offenders.

“The current administration is handling many of the cases that the PDP should have dealt with and the new ones as they arise,” he said.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari, who is African Union (AU) Anti-Corruption Champion in Africa, would not fail Nigerians in the ongoing fight against graft.

He said President Buhari had assured all Nigerians that he would not be deterred by baseless criticisms by the opposition in his determination to eradicate rampant, chronic corruption.