The Alliance for Democracy, AD, has commended the anti-corruption programme of President Muhammadu Buhari noting that the pervasive influence of corruption has affected the political and economic development of the nation.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Ms. Olayinka Nola, the party expressed satisfaction at the manner in which corruption cases are being pursued but urged that it should not be selective.
It also noted that rights of the accused should be respected with strict adherence to the rule of law.
The party, however, expressed dismay at the news of the alleged missing budget document.
It noted that a budget is a critical tool of any administration and as such, if it is truly missing, it is an embarrassment to the nation locally and internationally and should be investigated.
The statement reads in parts: “We in Alliance for Democracy, the most vibrant and people oriented political opposition party wish to commend President Muhammadu Buhari in his determined effort to purge the nation of its endemic corruptive tendencies and recover stolen funds.
”It is a step in the right direction because there will be no meaningful development if cankerous corruption is allowed to thrive. However, this crusade should not be selective but should cut across all political and governmental entities and agencies including the private sector for it to be credible.”
“We shall continue to laud the good programmes of this administration but will criticise it constructively when necessary. We are also appalled at hearing that the budget document is missing. It is embarrassing if it is true but if it is not, we advise that the rumour mongers peddling this shameful lie should be investigated and brought to book”, it stated.