Fani-Kayode Reacts To President Buhari’s Speech On Fighting Corruption
Former Minister of Aviation and Peoples Democratic Party Chieftain, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to count himself lucky that he wasn’t killed for offences bordering on military insurrection, mutiny and treason, after he stole the presidency in 1983.
Fani-Kayode said this while reacting to President Buhari’s statement made on Tuesday in Abuja when he inaugurated the head office building of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at Jabi District.
The president had vowed to ensure that history does not repeat itself like when he tried to fight corruption when he was military head, but corruption fought back successfully according to him.
He however vowed that he would not allow corruption to defeat him now as the current crusade against corruption would be fought steadfastly.
Buhari had maintained that, “we never intended, and we are not engaged in witch-hunts, but we are determined within the laws to call people to account’’.
“I do not like to start with digression, but it has become relevant here because of recent a renowned citizen of this country said this government promises to fight corruption but he is warning us that corruption will continue to fight back. I’m sure this he meant it for the rest of the country not for me because my first attempt to fight corruption, corruption fought back successfully.
“I was removed as Head of State, detained for three years. Those that we put (as members of) committees to investigate for abusing office they were given whatever they had misappropriated and I remained in detention until a journalist from Edo state said “My mother had to die to safe me from detention because I was only released when my mother died after three years.
“So, in spite of that my objective of fighting corruption remains steadfast,’’ he said.
But Fani-Kayode took to his twitter handle to say: ‘Yesterday @MBuhari lamented about how he was detained for 3 years in 1985 for “fighting corruption”. He forgot that he staged a coup d’etat in 1983, toppled a democratically-elected govt. and STOLE the Presidency and entire treasury. What could be more corrupt than that?
Yesterday @MBuhari lamented about how he was detained for 3 years in 1985 for “fighting corruption”. He forgot that he staged a coup d’etat in 1983, toppled a democratically-elected govt. and STOLE the Presidency and entire treasury. What could be more corrupt than that?…1/2
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) May 16, 2018
‘… If his coup had failed he would have been court-martialled, tied to the stake and shot for military insurrection, mutiny and treason and not just put under house arrest for 3 years. He should count himself lucky and not talk about history because he has much to answer for.’