Buhari’s Anti-Corruption War Ineffective–Wike

By Ikenga Chronicles August 31, 2017

Buhari’s Anti-Corruption War Ineffective–Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has alleged that the anti-corruption war of the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari is not effective.

Wike made this statement when officials of Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, United Kingdom, paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Port Harcourt.

The governor specifically argued that the anti-corruption campaign of the Buhari-led government cannot be effective due to the inability of national institutions to act independently.

Wike insisted that political influence has weakened the fight against corruption, adding that it would be difficult to fight corruption when the institutions are weak.

The governor said, “It is difficult to fight corruption when the institutions are weak. It may just be a political tool to attract sympathy from Western countries.

“In Nigeria, the institutions are subservient to the President. Here, Police is central, but the institution is now being used for illegal acts. That is corruption.

“Fighting corruption on the pages of newspapers amounts to playing to the gallery without achieving the desired results.

“The fight against corruption must be holistic. It should not be a political weapon against opponents of the government.

“We have instances of mass corruption in the state, but federal agencies frustrate all attempts at prosecution. This is because the affected persons are influential members of the ruling party.”