From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
The Minister of National Planning and Deputy Chairman National Planning Commission,Dr. Suleiman Olanrewaju has faulted critics of President Goodluck Jonathan that the presidency was not fighting corruption as it was expected.
Olanrewaju who stated this while addressing Journalists in Ilorin said, these critics should have pass the blame on anti-graft agencies set up by Presidency for not performing. He noted that,President Jonathan has given both EFCC and ICPC free hand to operate and do their jobs,”but the question we need to ask is why these agencies are not performing”?.
The Minister also expressed concern over unnecessary cries within APC and some Nigerians when EFCC arrested few politicians for questioning stressing that, that ideology would not help Nigeria to sanitise the system of corruption.
He noted that if EFCC invite Dr Bukola Saraki and Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed for interrogation, their party,APC and many Nigerians would be condemning President Jonathan of witch-hunting his opposition party members not knowing that the agency has to be given chance to work.
While speaking on terrorism, Olanrewaju noted that war against terrorism in Nigeria could not be won because leaders of North-East and Politicians in the areas are divided and have sympathy with Boko Haram insurgents.
He observed that issue of terrorism require all stakeholders to be on the same page noting that “our war against terrorism is a mirage”.
“The Challenges on insecurity has not started now. It has been there for long time. It is not on the account of failure of President
Goodluck Jonathan. After the Civil war, the weapons used were still in stock,nobody ask where are these weapons?.
“South-South people are agitation for resource control,marginalised,yet people till pass the buck on President Jonathan.
We can’t say President Jonathan are unfair. This is the president that is responding to the insurgent in the North-East.
I want to believe that with the endowment fund for the region,things will be better over there.”
The Minister added that over three trillion dollars have been approved for the implementation of Master plan and the bill will be forwarded to the house for passage.
He said the present administration are working hard to ensure that more experts in Nigeria tertiary institutions are incorporated into the system to offer their services in the area of consultancy and planning.