2019: Presidency replies Sule Lamido

Former Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State
Former Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State

The presidency says that the series of interviews by a presidential aspirant, Sule Lamido, each one stepping up attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari over the ongoing war against corruption, is a reflection of the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the opposition in the country.

In a reaction to the latest of the interviews published on Saturday, a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, warned that there was a grand plan by politicians seeking the destruction of national institutions such as the courts, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and everything good that the nation stands for.

“It is only in Nigeria that a leader will divert money belonging to the public into his children’s account then turns round to start pontificating on public morals, in the process subjecting the nation’s honest leadership to daily attacks based on falsehood.

“It is even worse that such a person, facing criminal prosecution will start going round saying he wants to be president. Is this not one of the reasons why other countries are laughing at Nigeria? This is hooliganism. It is not opposition politics.”

As stated by the Buhari Media Support Group, BMSG, “the nation’s war against corruption spearheaded by EFCC was incidentally formulated by the past PDP administration. It is a tragic irony that the leaders of the same party are doing their utmost to weaken or destroy it. Watch it, is that why he is seeking to lead the country?

“Time and again, President Buhari had lamented that strongmen had destroyed the country’s strong institutions and that it will take strong men to rebuild them. He deserves the support of everyone to rebuild such institutions because they serve a common good.”

Appealing to opposition politicians to give President Muhammadu Buhari the support he needs to rebuild national institutions such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission they either stifled or destroyed, the presidential spokesman challenged the presidential candidate to convince Nigerians that his trenchant attacks against the government and the judiciary were not a smokescreen to becloud the atmosphere of his criminal prosecution.

“In his diatribe published in the Vanguard newspaper last week, it is clear that the former governor not only set out to mock the President but the judiciary and important national institutions as part of an orchestrated plot to divert public attention from his scam related cases.

“If President Buhari’s war against corruption as he said, was a mockery what does one say of Governor Lamido’s sworn efforts to sabotage the country’s efforts to rid itself of the cancer of corruption?

“If accountability of public officials is the very essence of a mature democracy, it is indeed ironic that a politician seeking the leadership of the country making a mockery of institutions and leaders seeking to entrench that.

“As a country, Nigeria settled for President Buhari not just as president but the watchman of people’s wealth. The citizens are happy with that and the whole world is applauding. African Union, the AU just named him as the champion of the war against corruption. Opposition politicians like Governor Lamido need to come to terms with the fact that their act needs updating.”


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  • Emmanuel

    To be sincere, Lamido is not to blame in its entirety. If his prosecution is taking so long, he is free to start throwing spanners in the wheel of progress of the nation. If he is not prosecuted now, the story will be turned round against the government from 2018 that the government is witch hunting oppositions. Let the government muster all required strength and prosecute in earnest all that should be prosecuted in all arms of the government especially the legislators. Enough of dilly dally on the part of the executive

    • Opekete

      I really cannot understand why we blame Buhari for the unholy compromise of our judiciary to thwart the war against corruption. GMB should have established special courts to try cases of corruption and I know people would have cried that he is using military style to silence the opposition. We have to wake up as a people to decide what we want and how we want to live as a nation. Tribalism and ethnic chauvinism has no place in any enlightened society.

      • Damilare Ajani

        Thanks, because there is no leadership role from the President. What’s wrong with the president instructing his attorney General to set up a special court to try those looters?.

        • Yego V

          First on list will have to be Buhari

        • Otile

          It will not look good if Buhari sets up such special court to try only his opponents while rewarding his friends and relatives with prestigious lucrative Federal appointments.

      • Yego V

        If your hands are not clean, you cannot accuse someone of same and ask him to wash his. That’s the rot of Buhari.

    • Damilare Ajani

      You are absolutely right. If your judiciary can’t put criminals behind bars, more so a case that is so glaring against Lamido and his sons.

  • Anonymous

    Lamido is crap, as corrupt as they go, but buharis APC FG “HONEST”, hahahahahahaha, lol, Buhari is the most incompetent and unqualified president Nigeria has ever had, Nuhari and his oresidency is a lie just like orevious PDP presidencies

  • Shahokaya

    While other looters employed either their sons or wives, Lamido had to use his family and company Bamaina holding to steal Jigawa dry.

    • Gaskins

      Why is he not jailed? Why convict him on the pages of newspapers and not by the court of law?

      • Yego V

        Thieves cannot convict their fellow brother

  • thusspokez

    “It is only in Nigeria that a leader will divert money belonging to the public into his children’s account then turns round to start pontificating on public morals, in the process subjecting the nation’s honest leadership to daily attacks based on falsehood.

    “ It is even worse that such a person, facing criminal prosecution will start going round saying he wants to be president. Is this not one of the reasons why other countries are laughing at Nigeria? This is hooliganism. It is not opposition politics.”

    Professional spokespersons use language that closely reflects the language their bosses in a given circumstance would use. I have never heard Buhari use this sort of gutter language and insults at his opponents in public. or is this how Buhari speaks in private?

    I am sure other countries must be laughing at Nigeria:

    [1] When the president of Nigeria told them that his wife belonged in the kitchen.
    [2] In an interview with a right-wing racist western newspapers, the president of Nigeria labelled Nigerians as criminals .
    [3] Employing an amateur like Garba Shehu who has no clue about public relations (PR) as presidential spokesperson to deploy gutter language in conveying his master’s message.

  • Mizch

    I TELL YOU SOMETHING:
    Buhari-APC administration can only prosecute the small thieves who did not steal enough to put them in power
    or the big thieves who refused to share their loots with the APC while they were campaigning.

  • Kareem Raji

    AU will soon discover d scam that buhari is