Former deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Sir Austin Opara, has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption is a clear indication that the present government only goes after its opponents.
Opera blasted the Buhari-led government for going after people whom they don’t even have evidence against.
In a chat with newsmen, the ex-Deputy Speaker said, “It has come out clearly that even the war against corruption is skewed against a few people and I will give you examples.
“In Rivers State, so much has been presented against the past government but nobody has said anything but this government goes after people whom they don’t even have evidence against.
“It is a clear indication that this government only goes after its opponents in the so-called war against corruption.
“But it is also necessary to put it on record that this government, in all that it has done, including appointments that have been skewed in favour of a section of this country, has been provocative.
“The government should look inward and address the style of governance. This is not the first government we have had in this country.
“It is important that the government should look inward and readdress a lot of issues, especially that of appointments. The appointments so far made are skewed, and it is very provocative.”
Speaking further, he stated that Buhari need not blame the past administration for the calamities befalling his government.
He said, “Obama never spent time blaming President Bush but took on the challenge. We have elected a government because they told Nigerians that the PDP government was not performing.
“To turn around to blame their failings on the PDP government is no longer excusable. For a president who had contested election four times, the least Nigerians expect from him is to have a plan on how he is going to do things differently.
“For him to turn around to blame others for his failing is very unfortunate. It is very clear to everybody. The situation is worse than it has ever been in the country in all sectors.
“We are using the recession as a blanket phrase to describe the situation. Going to the grassroots, the situation is precarious and pitiable. There is no foodstuff, workers’ salaries are not being paid, the price of fuel is beyond reach, electricity supply is terrible, the exchange rate has skyrocketed.
“There is crisis in virtually all sectors of the economy. We need expert intervention as well as divine intervention to save this nation from total collapse.
“To get us out of recession now, there must be some short term measures, including borrowing. But there must be a cocktail of opportunities that government must bring to bear. It must inject money into the system in the short term,” Chief Opara added.