The Elders Council of All Progressives Congress in Osun State has called on President-elect, Muhhammadu Buhari to use scientific methods to fight corruption in Nigeria.
The elders said this in a statement issued in Osogbo on Monday by their chairman, Sola Akinwumi.
The APC elders stressed the need for a transparent and unsparing anti-corruption war which they said must cut across all political divides including the APC.
The statement read, “General Buhari must wage total, unsparing and forensic war against the cancer of corruption which has eaten deep into the public and private facets of life in Nigeria.
“Nigeria’s incoming president must ensure that all those who have contributed to the economic woes of Nigerians through various acts of sabotage, fraud, embezzlement, misappropriation, misapplication, white elephant projects and outright stealing of public funds must not only account for but also refund the proceeds into the coffers.
“We call for a forensic anti-corruption war using constitutional and lawful mechanisms of the state to enforce the existing statutes without recognising any sacred cows.
“Buhari must ensure that the war covers both the APC and the PDP and must be pursued to logical conclusion in Nigeria’s public life. This is the only way to justify the mandate Nigerians, against all odds erected on their ways, gave to our party on March 28, 2015”.
The elders pointed out that APC was voted for by majority of Nigerians in the last election because of the trust and confidence they reposed in the party.
They, therefore, urged members of the party to ensure that the victory recorded in the poll did not turn around to haunt them.
The elders noted that the Peoples Democratic Party government was successful at the initial stage but took its electoral success for granted.
“Decadence, corruption and arrogance of power set in the ruling party which began when the prediction of ruling Nigeria for 60 years became their song.
“We have never governed at the federal level but now we are there. As Nigerians have trusted us with the mandate for the management of federal power, we require high level of carefulness, tact, wisdom and humanity to justify the confidence reposed in the All Progressives Congress across the country”, they added.