By Adebayo Waheed
The Muslim Right Concern (MURIC) has said the menace of corruption and insurgency currently receiving deadly blows from the present administration in the country may eventually die if Nigerians give President Muhammadu Buhari the second term chance to consolidate on achievements.
The director of the Muslim Right Concern (MURIC), Professor Ishaq Akintola in a statement he issued on Monday, said the president deserves second term chance to consolidate on the present gains.
According to MURIC, if it is true that South Africa expelled its corrupt president for the sake of South Africa, Nigeria must retain its incorruptible leader for the sake of Nigeria.
It reaffirmed that it was corruption that brought poverty and disease to the Nigerian nation.
“Corruption was responsible for the bad roads. Corruption robbed us of a reliable public health and transport system. Corruption brought death in the air via frequent plane crashes. Corruption wrecked the Nigerian Airways and the Nigerian Railway Corporation.
“Corruption is responsible for insecurity. Corruption caused mass unemployment. Corruption turned the education sector into a comatose environment. This enemy numero uno is now being tackled by the Buhari administration. Who wants all these evils to come back”, it queried.
It urged Nigerians to open their eyes very wide, saying that those who stole Nigeria’s money have become very powerful and they are using their stolen money to spread false propaganda to de-market Buhari led government.
It added that all the allegations of nepotism, religious bias and incompetence were tales from moonlight concocted by corrupt elements who want to bring back corruption.
“For blocking their access to easy money, they wished Buhari dead. Based on their knowledge of the potency of the alleged gas poison conspiracy theory, they said Buhari was on life-support machine. They claimed he was dead and secretly buried.
“They made the claims with so much vehemence and total confidence that, with hindsight, we are constrained to believe that only those involved in the alleged attempt could have made such strong claims.
“But when all that failed they are now trying to incite the populace against him. They claimed that herdsmen were killing travellers on Lagos-Ibadan expressway. They also claimed that the same herdsmen were slaughtering people like rams on Shagamu-Ore expressway. Now they are claiming that herdsmen have attacked workers in Ondo council office. But police debunked all these false alarms within hours”.
While noting that former South African president, Jacob Zuma, was forced out of office last week for corruption charges, it said Zuma’s exit from power was very didactic.
“It reveals South Africa’s mature democratic practice where a president is booted out for being corrupt whereas in Nigeria, our own president is being pressurized to leave office for fighting corruption.
“Here lies the monumental paradox. The outside world must be laughing at Nigeria as they watch the unfolding drama. Two former heads of state have openly asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek a second term. The National Assembly (NASS) is also fighting tooth and nail to get rid of the president as many of its members are enmeshed in corruption cases”, it added.
The group which noted that Buhari’s major selling point had been his incorruptibility, disclosed that “he has no house in London. None in Paris or any foreign country for that matter. Neither has any stolen fund been traced to him before and during his tenure.
“He has succeeded in blocking leakages through which our common patrimony has been siphoned into the private pockets of greedy politicians. Foreign countries endorse him as a leader of unassailable integrity and the naira is getting back its lost glory as a result of all these. Prices of goods are falling.
“Diversification of the economy is turning other sectors into veritable sources of income. The railways are roaring back. Agriculture is once again taking its prime of place, electricity supply is witnessing unprecedented improvement while macadam roads are fast replacing the death traps which claimed hundreds of lives on a regular basis. Buhari’s social welfare scheme is already taking care of thousands of Nigerian youths,” MURIC said.
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