I am actually in shock to see this report.Buruji Kashamu after all the persecution he believes came his way through the APC is actually hailing President Buhari? Is this a ploy to get in his good books or a honest assessment by Senator Buruji? How will the PDP take this move by Buruji? Effectively,he is saying Goodluck Jonathan was a weak president. Impressive,maybe Nigerian politicians are about to actually start being objective with their praises.
Senator Prince Buruji Kashamu representing Ogun East in the National Assembly,with some very encouraging words threw his weight behind the ongoing anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Government.
Kashamu stated this while speaking with newsmen shortly after a reception organized for him and other National and state Assemblies legislators by the leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State in Ijebu Igbo.
The lawmaker also appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the ongoing probe into the alleged $US2 billion arms deal was not misplaced.
According to Kashamu, the anti-corruption war launched by President Buhari has within a short time gone a long in reducing the incidence of the social menace.
“President Buhari is not the President of APC. He is the President of PDP, President of the masses and president of the whole Nigeria. But, I can tell the masses today that since we started having presidents , it is now we have president, because, the truth of the matter is that six months are very short to know what any president can do, but, this one, within six months, we are seeing what he is capable to do and what he will still do.
“The only way any government can repair a country is to start with an anti-corruption crusade. Corruption is not an issue that affects only the PDP. President Buhari has given a clear signal to everybody, including even his ministers that whoever is corrupt would not go unpunished.
“Today, I can tell you Nigeria has started gaining. The TSA only has cleared over 30 percent of the corruption in the system because before now, all the ministries and parastatals were doing whatever they liked with money and at the end of the year, they returned whatever they felt like returning to the treasury. But today, that is no longer possible. The BVN too has cleared over 25 to 30 per cent of corruption”, he said .
Kashamu therefore urged Nigerians to be patient with the President Buhari-led administration in order to reap the benefits of its current policies in the long run.
“So, if we want government to have money for infrastructure and development, the only way is to clear the Augean stable of corruption first. And if they want to do that, there is no way they won’t step on the toes of many people. If Nigerians want progress, we must be patient; we must be courageous and do everything we can to support this government and see what they can do in the next one and a half years,” he said.
Earlier while addressing thousands of members of the PDP during the reception, Kashamu enjoined all Nigerians to join hands with the government in building a strong parliament, an upright police force, an independent judiciary, a free press, a vibrant private sector and a robust civil society.
He assured of his commitment to sponsoring bills that would cater for the weak and the less-privileged in the society.