Buhari Lies A Lot And Has Never Had Integrity — Kperogi

By Ikenga Chronicles January 30, 2017

Farooq Kperogi, a former staunch advocate of President Muhammadu Buhari has described as false, the belief by people that President Buhari is a man of integrity. Kperogi who stated this during an interview with Punch, said Nigerians just made up the story of Buhari being a man of integrity because they desperately sought for a hero;

“Perhaps Buhari never had any integrity to start with. It was our desperation for a hero that caused us to dress him in borrowed robes.”

Mr. Kperogi, who is an Associate Professor at the Kennesaw State University, Georgia, and had for years now, been an ardent defender of Buhari, accepted that he too was fooled by the photoshopped image of the man.

Detailing how Buhari was never a man of integrity, Kperogi said;

“What man of integrity would lie that he took a bank loan to buy his presidential nomination form while two of his children were enrolled in a United Kingdom university? What man of integrity would have a multimillion-naira house in Abuja but lied that he had modest houses only in Daura, Kaduna, and Kano? What man of integrity would be afraid to publicly and transparently declare his assets after promising to do so? What man of integrity chooses to be the sole signatory to his presidential campaign’s bank account to which millions of poor, struggling Nigerians donated tens of millions of naira and not give an account of how he spent the money? What man of integrity perpetually surrounds himself with corrupt people and, worse still, defends their corruption?”

Speaking further on the corruption issue, Kperogi pointed out that Senator Shehu Sani’s insecticide and deodorant metaphor in describing President Buhari’s so called anti-corruption fight is apt. He opined that close associates of the president had pointed out to him a long time ago that the president was not temperamentally and suited to fight corruption;

“People who are intimate with President Buhari told me several months ago in the heat of my unrestrained enthusiasm over his emergence as president that he was morally and temperamentally unsuited to fight corruption. They said the undue premium the president places on ‘personal loyalty’ causes him to ignore, excuse, and even defend the corruption of his close associates. I was regaled with troubling tales of the mind-boggling corruption against close, loyal aides that he swept under the carpet at the PTF (Petroleum Trust Fund), The Buhari Organisation, and at the defunct CPC (Congress for Progressive Change). They say likes attract. You can’t be a man of integrity and continually surround yourself with corrupt people. I can go on; but it is obvious that Buhari isn’t the man of integrity he has been alleged to be.”

The disclosure by President Buhari’s friends, finally explains why despite clear evidences of corruption against Rotimi Amaechi, David Babachir Lawal, Abba Kyari, etc, the president has refused to let them be prosecuted. Kperogi explains further;

“In Buhari’s Nigeria, there are two judicial standards for fighting corruption. The first standard is that the president’s opponents are always guilty until proven innocent – and they can never be proven innocent. They are always already condemned by the mere fact of being the president’s opponents. The second standard is that the president’s corrupt aides and associates are always innocent –until they are ‘cleared’ by the president who has now reduced himself to the pathetic position of the ‘Clearer-in-Chief of Executhief Corruption.’”

The EFCC to Kperogi, therefore, is nothing short of toothless since the president himself is not interested in fighting corruption;

“It doesn’t matter who the chairman of the EFCC is, so long as Buhari himself isn’t serious about fighting corruption. The EFCC is nothing more than the poodle of the president. He instructs it to go after his opponents but to spare his associates.”



Credit: Punch

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