Presidential Aspirant of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), John Dara, has questioned the genuity of President Muhammadu Buhari anti-corruption crusade, saying, he is fighting “the shadow of corruption.”
The former Special Assistant to the ex-Defense Minister, General T.Y Danjuma stated this on Thursday at the national secretariat of the SDP where he picked his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for the 2019 presidential election.
He said rather than adopting a wholistic approach to tackling corruption in the country, President Buhari is busy ‘boxing in the air.’
The civil society and political activist said Buhari cannot claim to be fighting corruption without paying attention to the indices that trigger corruption.
He lamented that while poverty is endemic in the country, unemployment keep soaring high steadily and workers salaries are either being halved as is the case of Osun State or not being paid at all.
“It is not enough to catch a thief, you must find out the causes of corruption in Nigeria. A situation where workers are not being paid living wages and you say you are fighting corruption, you are just boxing the air. You are fighting the shadow of corruption.
“The truth is that corruption has causes that tend to promote it. When I get to power, I will close the taps of corruption and Nigeria will become a highly respected, great nation once again,” he said.
The human rightist said further that the political class has failed Nigeria because they have not taken the responsibility of nation building seriously.
He blasted the leaders for projecting their selfish interest to the detriment of national interest.
Dara believes he is the best candidate that can right all the wrongs of the present leadership of the country, saying, “SDP is a credible alternative party that has a credible candidate like me who can bring progress to Nigeria.”
“As a champion of northern unity, I come as the man who will bring unity not only to the north but to the whole of the country.
“The people of Nigeria are good but our leaders tend to bring the worse out of them with their divisive tactics which has been so glaring in this administration. It is imperative for Nigerians to unite and bring up a leader who will protect their interest,” he said.
The presidential aspirant blamed the insecurity in the country on the inconsistency and insincerity of the leaders.
He observed that esprit de corps among the security operatives has been compromised through ethnicity and sectionalism, adding that, security agencies in Nigeria must be reformed.
He took a swipe on the leaders for being hypocritical about reforming the country but rather deceiving Nigerians.
He noted that all the recommendations made in the past national conferences that were meant to restructure and strengthen the economy of the country have not been implemented, promising that if elected he will would ensure they are implemented.
While further lamenting the neglect of the Nigerian youths, Dara said his administration would carry along women and youth who are the pillars of meaningful development.
“Any nation that is being run by people who are too old, too weak, too sick, cannot fulfill our destiny and therefore, the young people of Nigeria that are excelling in all fields of endavour should be brought on board and fully involved.
“This also applies to the women. I see no reasons why we should not consciously engineer our politics in such a way that women will find it easy to participate, compete and to win.
“I believe it is only when the women who represent over 50 per cent of the population of Nigeria are fully mobilized and involved that we can get our best,” he said.
SIGNED. SDP NATIONAL PUBLICITY SECRETARY, ALFA MOHAMMED.