A national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, on Thursday in Abuja said the Goodluck Jonathan administration won gold medal in corruption and a red card in good governance.
Tinubu stated this in a keynote address at the presentation of the book: “Making Steady, Sustainable Progress – for Nigeria’s Peace and Prosperity’’, which took place at the Presidential Banquet hall, Abuja.
He said the defunct administration used public treasury as a private hedge fund or a charity that limited its giving only to themselves.
“So much money grew feet and ran faster than Jamaican runner, Usain Bolt, ever could. That which could have been spent on national development was squandered in ways that would cause the devil to blush.
“One minister and her rogues’ gallery picked the pocket of this nation for billions of dollars.
“While poor at governance, these people could give a master thief lessons in the sleight of hand. In governance, they earned a red card but in the corruption, they won the gold medal.
“It was not that our institutions had become infected by corruption. Corruption has become institutionalized.
“It was not that our institutions had become infected by corruption. Corruption has become institutionalised”.
He added that the “war on corruption has been won as President Buhari has set an axe to what he called, “the root of this dangerous tree.”
“Gone are the days when a minister can pilfer billions of dollars as easy as plucking a piece of candy from the table.’
“We have much to do to combat this disease. Not only must we track down the takers.
“In the long term, we must review the salaries of public servants and create universal credits for our people to reduce temptation,” Tinubu said.