President Bola Tinubu

Why Tinubu Must Probe Ministers Who Served Under Buhari

The National President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Alhaji Yerima Shettima has urged President Bola Tinubu to probe federal ministers who served under his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking in an interview with Saturday Vanguard, Shettima, said the Ministers and their families must be made to account for what they have done while in office and explain the sources of their wealth if the anti-corruption fight of Tinubu’s administration should be taken seriously.

He said in the last 20 days, the Tinubu’s administration has exhibited actions and body language that have given hope, unlike its predecessor.

He said: “From the beginning, we thought President Buhari was going to perform magic. It took time before he appointed his ministers. We thought he was still consulting, looking for a different set of people, and the best brain, but the same characters that were there before came up even after six months, His administration ended up squashing the treasury and putting Nigeria in a huge debt.

“Now, with the body language of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, we can see some changes that we could not see in eight years.

“In the previous government, Buhari made appointments and went to sleep even when the appointees failed. He pretended not to see them and there was massive corruption in his government. But now, with President Tinubu in the saddle, we can see the body language, especially from the CBN and the EFCC.

“We hope that will continue. Nobody should be allowed to go free, anyone who is found wanting should be brought to book. We look forward to seeing him beyond the action on EFCC head.

“The past Ministers and their families should be brought to account for what they have done while in office and explain the source of their wealth. Then we will take this government seriously in terms of fighting corruption,” he stated.

In terms of the economy, he said: “We have seen the body language too; the Wale Eduns, the Ribadus, who are young elements, very principled and serious-minded people. We could see the direction the President is going.

“Today in the country, agitations are currently going down, and I hope he will capitalise on that and continue to do the right things. But if he goes the wrong way, truly, some of us will lead a campaign against his government. For now, I think he needs our support and let us give him the support to do the right thing.”

According to Shettima, “The issues Asari Dokubo recently raised are very fundamental and germane. The Dokubo I know does not raise any alarm when he is not sure of it. Don’t forget that the allegation he raised didn’t just start today. It only takes people with the courage to come out and say what he said. What he said is not different from what Tompolo said a few months ago. It is also not different from what Wike said in Rivers State that some security personnel are involved in bunkering and vandalisation. I trust him and I believe what he said. It is left to the man in charge, (President Tinubu) to take a decision. He needs to take a decision on that to stop the ugly trend.”

He further said: “I would also advise him to critically look at all sections of the country to unite all sections. He should look at the issue of security and corruption. Anyone found guilty should not go unpunished. He is also a victim of some allegations. He should prove to the world that he is not what some people think. Tinubu has nothing to lose. God has blessed him with everything he wanted. So, he will only be remembered for the good things he did.”