‘President just as corrupt as Abacha,’ Lamido says

He made the comments during an interview with the BBC Hausa Service on Wednesday, April 19.

President Muhammadu Buhari

Lamido also said that Buhari’s war against corruption is a mere noisemaking exercise.

“He (Buhari) worked under Abacha; in fact he was the closest to the late military ruler and when it comes to corruption, everybody knows where Abacha’s government stands,” Lamido said.

“Buhari is just making noise; there’s no iota of truth in the so-called commitment to the improvement of security and halting graft in the country.

“It’s unthinkable to say that the EFCC had discovered huge monies (nearly N15 billion) in a building (Osborne Towers) in Lagos but could not track the real owner; who leaked the story? Who did the source say is the owner of the find?

“No reasonable person will believe that there is no safe for the NIA (which claimed ownership) to keep its money but a private residence in Lagos; those in position of authority should always have the courage to tell the led the truth because leadership is sacred,” he added.

Lamido was speaking of the recent recovery of $50 million in cash by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a luxury flat in Lagos.

The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) claimed that the money had been allocated to it by the Goodluck Jonathan administration for “covert operations.”

The incident eventually led to the April 19 suspension of NIA Director General, Ayo Oke by Buhari.

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