Alleged Corruption: Atiku Has Baggage But No Concrete Evidence To Nail Him – Prof Itse Sagay


Prof Itse Segay

While speaking in an exclusive interview with Daily SUN, the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof Itse Sagay, said that Nigerians would vote for President Muhammadu Buhari because of his integrity, and that his major challenger, Atiku Abubakar is corrupt, adding that the government lacks concrete evidence yet to prosecute him.

Here are excerpts from the chat;

Between Atiku and Buhari, who do you think have the chances of winning in 2019?

The man with a better record; the man who has integrity; the man who doesn’t have a single stain on his name; the man the world respects; the man who has brought respectability back to Nigeria and made it an important member of an international comity of nations, and that is Buhari, and not those who cannot travel to ordinary America that we all travel now and then. Anybody who has a baggage, particularly when it involves corruption and lack of integrity cannot win, Nigerians know. 

There maybe some who are talking loudly, I read Prof Ben Nwabueze in the newspapers saying that he would lead Atiku’s campaign, we will see how far it will get him, but we are talking of integrity now. We need that integrity; we need to feel that Nigeria’s resources are being protected and the tiny elites will not have access to loot and cart away all our resources and leave our people suffering. I have no doubt in my mind that Buhari will win, as Nigerians will not like to shoot themselves in the foot.

Why is it that you identify Atiku with corruption, yet you are yet to pin him down on any corruption charge?

You are right. There are some cases that are going to be very difficult. He (Atiku) has covered himself very perfectly. The only clear case that is known is the case of Jefferson in the US. I don’t know how that a huge sum of money was found in his freezer. He was talking to Atiku at that time and so I don’t know the relationship, so the man went to prison. In this case, there is one thing to have suspicion, and another thing to have proof. What is really delaying or suspending any action is a question of proof. I don’t think that is certain.

If so why do you attach corruption to his name or say he is corrupt?

Yes, there is no concrete proof.

But if we publish that he is corrupt, won’t he drag us to court?

Of course, but the danger of his doing that is that in the end you dig the evidence and bring it out.

I always advise my clients that they should not sue for libel if you don’t have a totally clean record. In this instance, evidence will come out as people will go to NPA and so on and begin to dig; people will go back to Customs and dig. So, I won’t advise him to do that. Let me say that his activities are covered in a cloud of suspicion. I won’t go beyond that.

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