Some Presidential Aspirants Should be in Jail ~ Obasanjo
In what will surprise many Nigerians, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed that some persons aspiring to be Nigeria’s President in 2023 should be in jail. He said that this would have been possible had the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission performed its job efficiently.
Obasanjo stated this during an international symposium to mark his 85th birthday in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, Punch Newspaper reports.
He said though many presidential hopefuls have visited him to solicit support, he has not endorsed any aspirant.
He said: “I’m not sponsoring any southern candidate. As the quadrennial madness builds a head of steam and the runners and riders crisscross the nation in the quest for nomination as the party flag bearer to the highest office in the land, I read and hear about endorsement and statements in support of candidates that I frankly have not made and forming next political parties that I can never get involved in. I was told that social media credited to me the names of three people from the south that I am sponsoring for presidency in 2023.”
Going further, he said some 2023 presidential aspirants should be in jail had the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission done their jobs effectively.
“I cast a cursory look at some of the people running around and those for whom people are running around. If EFCC and ICPC will have done their jobs properly and supported adequately by the judiciary, most of them would be in jail. Any person who has no integrity in small things cannot have integrity in big things.”