A former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest and prosecute former President Olusegun Obasanjo to prove that he is indeed fighting corruption.
Kalu made this call at the quarterly public lecture series of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) with the theme, “Culture, Economy and Good Governance: The Nigerian Experience,” held in Abuja.
Kalu, a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, had been accused by some Nigerians, of defecting to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) so that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will whittle down on his corruption case currently in court.
But speaking at the event, he argued that his prosecution is political. He further said that Nigeria needs a leader with guts, an attribute he said President Buhari possesses and urged him to salvage Nigeria from bad governance by arresting Obasanjo over alleged missing funds meant for power under his regime.
He said, “My prosecution is political. Our accounts in Abia state were transparent under my watch. The US knows, the UK knows. I have been given a red carpet in these two countries. I have been given a red carpet in China. In fact, I am stronger in fighting corruption than President Buhari because he is not fighting it well.
“I have recovered peoples’ money and given them back. I am a creator of wealth at every level. If any court finds me to be corrupt, it should jail me. Corruption is the bane of this country.
“A corrupt judge and corrupt politician are worse than armed robber. Nigerians should start electing presidents that have guts to take decisions.
“President Buhari has got some guts but he should arrest Obasanjo for us to know that corruption is working.
“Without arresting Obasanjo, he has not started fighting corruption because Obasanjo took away our $16 million electricity money. So, unless he arrests Obasanjo, corruption is not being fought in Nigeria”, the former governor declared.