The Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association has flayed President Muhammadu Buhari for excluding Senator Iyiola Omisore and Senator Musliu Obanikoro from the list of important personalities affected by the travel ban imposed by the administration.
The group said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Sunday by its President, Mr Olalekan Hammed and Secretary, Olawale Ajao. They said the exclusion of these two politicians from the ban was a further confirmation that Buhari’s anti-corruption war was selective and one-sided. The Yoruba youths expressed dismay at the exclusion of the two politicians who they said were accused of corruption and had started refunding the alleged looted fund to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The statement read, “The anti-graft war embarked upon by President Muhammadu Buhari since the inception (of the current administration) is nothing but a weapon to fight opposition parties and critics. In 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office, there were reactions from different angles that his anti-corruption war aimed at targeting only the perceived enemies of the government.
“The Presidency denied the allegation arguing that no matter the parties they belong, all the corrupt people would be dealt with decisively. To our dismay, Obanikoro and Omisore who have been charged with corruption and had started refunding looted fund suddenly become saints as soon as they joined the APC. It is sad to know that the names of the duo were not included in the so-called Executive Order 6 signed by Buhari to ban high profile corrupt public officials from travelling abroad. His action affirmed the fact that the current anti-graft war is deceptive. There should be justice and fairness in the anti-corruption fight.”
Recall that Obanikoro, who was accused of corruption while in the Peoples Democratic Party, defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress. Also, Omisore, who is a chieftain of the Social Democratic Party, assisted the APC governorship candidate in the September 27 poll in Osun State to win the crucial rerun election in his stronghold.