Nigeria’s first female presidential candidate, Mrs. Sarah Jubril was not impressed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees.
“They don’t appear to be the best but whatever happens we must have the patience and spirit of tolerance because we will not ask people to go and riot. These people: their records are there but if Nigerians want to remain complacent and sweep things under carpet, it’s left for them, the hypocrisy about corruption continues,” Jubril told Vanguard in an interview.
Mrs Jubril who was Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Ethics and Values, however, lauds President Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign. “It is a worthy fight, a good fight on behalf of all of us,” she said.
“However, it is a continuous fight because even the previous administration talked about zero tolerance for corruption, that was what late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was talking about. The fight this time is coined as fighting corruption for change.
“The previous administration mentioned about fighting corruption by transformation agenda. The realisation of the result is the issue. It is not only the government that has been trying to fight corruption, there are other social institutions that have embarked on such initiatives.
“There are people in the public and private sectors, and the international community who expect Nigeria to raise the standard of fighting corruption,” she noted.
“So, Nigeria as a leading country in Africa is expected not to relent in fighting corruption. But it should be a fight on PPP level. Public and private partnership, not only the government.”
“The government and stakeholders should partner with the private sector, the family and the institutions. They should also not sit back and leave the whole fight against corruption to the government because they are the people that pay taxes and make the population, they are the voters.”
“They were the people that gave votes to the people that contested and became political leaders. That is why I keep talking about the stakeholders as the first fighters against corruption,” she said.