- We’re Saints compared to what we have today
Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd) has compared his administration to the incumbent President Muhammadu Burahi’s, arriving at a verdict that Buhari’s regime is far more corrupt than his in all ramifications.
IBB said that, in true comparison, his regime was a Saint if one desires to give a credible analysis of both regimes for posterity.
IBB who revealed this while fielding questions on Trust TV, Sunday, said: “For instance, I sacked a governor for misappropriating N300,000 and now, there are people who steal N2 billion, N3 billion and nobody is saying they are corrupt; only us…because we are military, that is all. We read in the papers (thank God there are now more vibrant papers to read and social media and so on)
“I still maintain that we are saints if you compare somebody who is accused of stealing N3 billion against somebody with N300,000; then I think we are saints.”
Speaking on who actually pioneered anti-corruption idea in Nigeria, Babangida said: “I sold the idea because it came from me, nobody likes it, nobody will like to hear it,” saying that, to really nip corruption in the bud, one needs to “identify areas of corruption and attack them from the source.
“I read in one of the newspapers where a judge was complaining that they are not well remunerated by the public – that is a sure source of corruption.
“Again, wherever you have a system where you have a lot of control, there is bound to be corruption.
“So, what did we try to do? We got government not to be involved in things like production.
“Anything to do with ‘I have to come to you and you will always think you are doing me a favour, so maybe I should reciprocate it’; that is the sort of thing.
“And that is why we introduced freeing the economy; you don’t need a licence to be adjudged Grade A; your groundnut or cocoa or cotton or whatever it is, should speak for themselves.
“You don’t need to go to the Central Bank or to go to banks to get foreign exchange. There is Bureaux de Change. They set it up in market areas, where you can easily go and get it. So, the sources of corruption have to be identified and attacked frontally.
He recalled that his economic policy of liberalisation and government stepping back from the economy were emulated by Obasanjo and Yar’Adua, adding that the current regime continued the emulation, although in a different form./SHARE THIS
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