President Muhammadu Buhari, has revealed why he has not ordered the arrest of his predecessors, despite evidence of corruption leveled against them.
Buhari made this known in his authorized biography, titled: ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria’, written by Professor John Paden, and presented to the public recently.
Recall, that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had arrested and quizzed many of former President, Goodluck Jonathan’s Ministers and Aides, for alleged diversion of funds.
Most of them, including the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Sambo Dasuki, are being prosecuted for allegedly diverting funds meant for arms procurement, and using the funds for the prosecution of the 2015 Presidential election in favour of Jonathan, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Under the subheading, ‘The role of PDP leaders in the diversion of funds’, Padeh said, although the letters written by the former President were in his possession, the President’s purpose of waging the corruption war, was not to jail former top government officials, but to retrieve the stolen funds.
He said the stability of the nation’s political system seemed to be at stake, if the EFCC should go after Jonathan, or any former President, or Military Leader for that matter.
“The fact that Buhari was enlisting the help of international community in the probes, lent weight to the seriousness of his effort – and also meant that alleged offenders had nowhere to hide.
“Would the trail lead to former President Jonathan himself? As of the early months of 2016, it appeared that the EFCC was not going after Jonathan. Nor was it going after former President Obasanjo.
“The question of the stability of the entire political system seemed at stake.
“In addition, a number of Senior Military Officers, who had served as Heads of State – from Babangida to Abubakar – seemed off-limits.
“Indeed, rumours swirled that if the probes went after Senior Officers, they might push back, because they had extensive networks in the active military services.
“At the same time, the knowledge such heavyweights possessed, could well be traded for immunity, and would help to illuminate the patterns, and sources of corruption.
“Buhari had letters in his possession, showing Jonathan’s requests for off-budget funds. But Buhari’s larger purpose was not to put former high-level officials in jail.
“Rather, it was to retrieve stolen funds, and to change the political culture of the country.”
Reaffirming his government’s zero tolerance for corruption, Buhari said the war against corruption, was a monumental task that he was determined to tackle successfully.