Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia State and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of not waging a holistic war against corruption in the country.
Kalu dared President Buhari to arrest former President Olusegun Obasanjo if indeed he was serious about fighting corruption.
Kalu made this point on Tuesday at the quarterly public lecture series of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO).
The lecture had the theme, ‘Culture, Economy and Good Governance: The Nigerian Experience,’ and was held in Abuja.
The ex-governor said his ongoing prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had a political undertone.
He said President Buhari should be bold enough to prove that he had the gut to salvage Nigeria from bad governance by arresting Obasanjo over alleged missing funds meant for power under his regime.
He insisted that unless Obasanjo was arrested, the administration would not be considered to be fighting corruption.
“My prosecution is political. Our accounts in Abia State were transparent under my watch.
“The US knows, the UK knows. I have been given a red carpet in these two countries.
“I have been given a red carpet in China. In fact, I am stronger in fighting corruption than President Buhari, because he is not fighting it well.
“I have recovered people’s money and given them back. I am a creator of wealth at every level.
“If any court finds me to be corrupt, it should jail me. Corruption is the bane of this country.
“A corrupt judge and corrupt politician are worse than armed robbers.
“Nigerians should start electing presidents that have meaning and gut to make decisions.
“President Buhari has got some guts but he should arrest Obasanjo for us to know that anti-corruption is working.
“Without arresting Obasanjo, he has not started fighting corruption, because Obasanjo took away our $16 million electricity money.
“So, unless he arrests Obasanjo, corruption is not being fought in Nigeria.”