Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Tam David-West, says he can ‘bet his life’ on the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari regarding corruption. David-West said there is no comparison between President Buhari and former Military President Ibrahim Babangida. Ex-Petroleum Minister David-West.
He said this in an interview with Daily Trust. According to the elder statesman, “Buhari and Babangida are two different personalities. Buhari is a clean man. I can take any oath that Buhari is very clean and I won’t die. I cannot do that on Babangida. I cannot vouch for him not because he put me in jail but because that is the fact. Buhari has some good qualities, some positive characteristics that Babangida doesn’t have.
Ex-Petroleum Minister David-West
“Another thing is that if Buhari tells you something, believe it is true. But if Babangida tells you something, don’t be too sure. I want to quote former President, Obasanjo, when he said: ‘When Babangida tells you good morning, check your watch very well if truly it is morning’.”
I’m now very convinced that people are entitled to their opinions which may differ in certain situations. While David-West thinks Buhari is not corrupt, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress Chieftain in Adamawa State, Mark Wosi has a contrary view.
Recall that just last month, he described President Buhari as the father of corruption. Wosi was reacting to Buhari’s failure to sack top officials like the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal; Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, and the suspended Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke.
Speaking with Punch, Wosi had said from all indications, Buhari was stalling on the issues because the men involved were his loyalists.
He said in part…“This only means you are the father of corruption. The integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari is now in doubt with all these fraud cases under his nose. You can’t keep telling us you are fighting corruption while there are corruption allegations against people around you and yet you can’t do anything about it…”