Pan-Yoruba Socio- Political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday, cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against making the anti-corruption fight his only agenda but to tackle the nation’s dwindling economy. It also kicked against the plan to finance the 2016 budget through excessive borrowing from international financial institutions.
Rising from its monthly meeting in Akure, Ondo State, the group kicked against the sensationalising of corruption by the Federal Government. National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, who read the communiqué also faulted the presentation of the 2016 budget.
While it threw its weight behind the war against corruption, Afenifere said “we support the war, because corruption is evil but we quickly warned that our war against corruption should not be selective, sectional and should be all embracing and compassing.”
It, however, said the anti-graft war should be fought “within the confines of rules of law. And the anti-corruption war should not be the only agenda of the government. They should concentrate on rebuilding the economy because we have seen countries that have been ravage by war, Liberia, Serria-Leone, people took over government there and they started rebuilding the economy. So we should not turn anti-corruption to the only agenda. Building the economy is important.
“The naira is collapsing. Every sector is going down. Investors are leaving our country. This should attract the attention of the government because ultimately, our experience have shown that anti-corruption takes a long time to win the war.”