Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Prof Tam David-West, has said Nigerians should not expect any serious fight against corruption from the present administration since President Goodluck Jonathan himself has said stealing is not corruption.
Speaking with Saturday Sun in Ibadan yesterday, the retired university teacher and Professor of Virology said his earlier posture that President Jonathan was incapable of fighting the scourge of corruption, which has been the bane of development of the country, has been vindicated.
“I have said it over and over that Jonathan cannot fight corruption. Not that he is corrupt but he condones corruption. So far, every Nigerian knows that corruption is the greatest evil slowing down the growth of this country. Corruption is the greatest malaise that is reducing Nigeria’s image. That is why we need someone with the willpower and capacity to honestly fight corruption. My love and support for General Muhammadu Buhari stemmed from my conviction that he can effectively fight corruption. The fear of Buhari is the beginning of wisdom for any corrupt politician. That is why they don’t want him to be president.
David-West stated that many corrupt cases in the country and the inept manner they were handled have shown that President Jonathan lacks the courage to fight corruption.
He cited the Siemens bribery scandal, the missing N20billion oil money and the N10billion chartered jet scandal involving the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, saying the President had done nothing to convince Nigerians that he was committed to the fight against corruption.
When reminded that some committees were inaugurated to look into some of these cited cases, he said; the House of Representatives that is looking into some of these cases is superior to any committee inaugurated by the President. Why can’t he support the House of Representatives?
“Goodluck Jonathan has even compounded his case by saying stealing is not corruption. If stealing is not corruption, what is corruption?” he said.