Anti-Corruption: Buhari is just a Noise Maker – Tanko Yakasai


Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, Chairman of the Northern Elders Council has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a ‘noisemaker’.

He says that the President has only been good in the area of ‘noisemaking’ in his 3 years in office. The elder statesman questioned why the president has failed to prosecute anyone in his anti-corruption war.

When asked about areas where President Buhari had performed well, he said;

“Noise making; he has succeeded in noise making.No concrete actions. I have never seen any concrete action. There were some projects that the President is executing but they are initiated by his predecessors. You cannot single out one project that the Buhari administration has succeeded in initiating and completing.

I challenge anybody to single out one major project that the President completed in the last three years.”

He pointed out that the President lacked the qualities of a good leader adding that he has failed Nigerians. Yakasai told Punch;

“There are many qualities required to be a good leader. One of them is competence. Another is capacity. The third one is the ability to plan and think clearly. I believe that every leader should possess these qualities.

I have really not seen all these qualifications in our leaders in this country in recent times; that was why I did not support the second – term bid of the President because I have not been happy with his performance in the last three years. How many people have been convicted (of corruption) by this government?

The most important case among others was that of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (Babachir Lawal), who was indicted for committing an infraction by the report of a Senate committee, which was forwarded to the President.

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When the matter was referred to the President, he asked the Vice President (Prof . Yemi Osinbajo ) to
investigate. After the investigation, the presidential panel confirmed the allegations levelled against the former SGF.

However, up till today, the former SGF has not been arraigned in any court of law. This is an open case of corruption where a contract was improperly awarded to a company.

So, a government that claims to be fighting corruption cannot be found wanting in a case that concerned such individual.

That is where this administration is incompetent. Lawal should have been arraigned before a court of law.I have never met the former SGF in my life, but I feel any serious – minded government should have arraigned him and commenced a full prosecution by now.”

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