Buhari cannot fight corruption under a democracy – Gen. Oladipo Diya

By Post Nigeria April 20, 2015 14:09

Buhari cannot fight corruption under a democracy  – Gen. Oladipo Diya

General Oladipo Diya, a former Vice-President under the Sani Abacha regime, has stated that he anticipates a difficult battle ahead for President–elect General Muhammadu Buhari in the fight against corruption as he would have to operate in a democratic setting this time around.

Diya also said Buhari and Vice–Presiedent–elect Professor Yemi Osinbajo, need God to be able to tackle corruption in Nigeria without being frustrated.

He spoke of working with Buhari during Military regimes saying, “I have worked under him as a Military Gov­ernor when he was the Head of State and the Command­er-in-Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces.

“And when I was Nigeria’s military Vice-President or Chief of General Staff then and we appointed him as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund, PTF, he gave us conditions before accepting the offer, to work independently and not be under the control of anybody and we accepted.

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“At the end, he did a good job and we found nothing like fraudulent practice in the commission. So, I can vouch for him anytime.

“Things like command allowance, security votes and other allowances were stopped.

“No Military Gover­nor could travel outside the country or award any con­tract without approval from the Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, who him­self got directives from the Commander-in-chief.

“In fact, no Military Governor was al­lowed to travel outside Af­rica.”

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Gen. Diya, however expressed phobia of Buhari ability to fight corruption in a democratic setting where constitutional procedures which are sometimes frustrating must be followed and not decrees.