The Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative (ARDI), an NGO, has advised Nigerians to allow President Muhammadu Buhari to choose those he considered capable of working with him in his second term.
Chief Dennis Aghanya, Executive Secretary of ARDI, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday.
Aghanya said: “No one should dictate for him; he has a purpose to accomplish.
“Leadership is the ability to take decisions considered suitable to enable such a leader to achieve results.
“Buhari, as a leader, should be allowed to carry out his duties without people dictating to him, so that he would be held fully responsible for his successes or failures.
“People even say he was one-sided in his appointment, which I disagree with.
“Outside ensuring a balance in the appointment of ministers, which is a constitutional matter, he knows those he has confidence in to help him accomplish his goals.’’
On the president’s anti-corruption fight, the ARDI scribe scored Buhari 70 per cent, describing him as the best gift of a leader to Nigeria.
He disagreed with insinuations that the anti-corruption war of the present administration was selective.
“I also disagree that high profile convictions have not been recorded. Joshua Dariye is serving a jail term for corruption and he is from the North.
“Dasuki is also from the North and he is facing corruption charges just as many other persons.
“Just very recently, the former Chief Judge of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was convicted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal for some infractions in the course of his duties based on my petition.
“If I had done that petition under previous administrations, it would have been suppressed because there was no political will to fight corruption then,’’ he said.
Aghanya expressed his displeasure with how everything had been politicised in the country.
According to him, a leader that fails to prosecute someone for obvious crimes will be criticised as a weak leader.
“And if he did, his actions would be termed as witch-hunting the offender for political, ethnic or religious bias,” he said.
The scribe, therefore, urged Nigerians to make up their minds on whether to condone corruption and continue with the old ways or encourage our leaders to fight it head-on and sanitise the society. (NAN)