A public affairs analyst has questioned the neutrality of the crusade against corruption by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari after the handling of the Patience Jonathan accounts controversy.
The former First Lady has been sucked into an alleged corruption controversy to the tune of US$31 million.
She is challenging the closure of her bank accounts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission linked to alleged graft by a former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
This has raised sentiment the fight against corruption was targeting solely members of the immediate past administration.
“I wish to state that in as much as citizens are not against president Buhari's supposed fight against corruption, our concern is that the anti-corruption war should be made all-encompassing to cover suspects from all parties and ethnicity,” said public affairs analyst, Jude Ndukwe.
“I wish to state that in as much as citizens are not against president Buhari's supposed fight against corruption, our concern is that the anti-corruption war should be made all encompassing to cover suspects from all parties and ethnicity.”
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He said it would remain a political witch-hunt if only members of the opposition party and officials of the former administration were the only targets.
“The fight must also be done within the ambit of the law and not through the whims and caprices of members of the current government as is current the case,” Ndukwe criticised.
“For example, our laws require that nobody's bank account can be frozen without a court order but this is not the case in Dame Patience Jonathan's matter.”
He thus doubted the impartiality of the crackdown on corruption.
“From the foregoing, the purported fight against corruption by the Buhari administration remains a political witch-hunt meant to stifle opposition especially when court orders in a lot if such cases are need obeyed.”