Sam Omatseye: Corruption Report Indicts Jonathan, Buhari Administrations

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Chairman of the Nation Newspaper’s editorial board, Mr Sam Omatseye, says the National Corruption Survey has indicted the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan and that of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Omatseye, who appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday, believes more need to be done for the Buhari administration to achieve its goal in the fight against corruption.

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According to the report published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), about N400b was spent on bribes each year.

“We have the narrative that indicts both of them,” Omatseye said. “2015 – 2016 was under Buhari’s watch and if we spend N400b in bribery and corruption, it is very clear that the war of corruption did not save N400b.’

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The veteran journalist also said that former President Jonathan’s administration never took any meaningful decision to fight corruption.

He, however, noted that the few measures put in place could not save the country from corruption.

“President Jonathan does not have much to say about corruption, himself said ‘stealing is not corruption’; he never did anything concrete to fight corruption except that where he put some things in place.

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“But they were not strong enough to save the country from the mammoth scale of corruption on his watch and the revelations in the past two years bear them out,” Omatseye said.

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