In the wake of threats by former military Head of State and All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, general Muhammadu Buhari to jail all corrupt government officials if elected into office, a statement made by former military President, Ibrahim Babangida in 2013 to the effect that he will expose the corrupt practices of General Buhari has resurfaced.
Babangida, who at the time spoke via a statement signed by him and issued by his media aide Kashim Afegbua was reacting to claims by General Buhari that President Goodluck Jonathan had killed the petroleum sector of the economy, threatening to expose information of General Buhari’s misconducts during his time as both Petroleum Minister and Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Funds (PTF), offices the APC Presidential candidate held before he usurped power from then President Shehu Shagari via a bloodless coup in 1983.
Using the popular adage that “those who live in glass houses do not throw stones,” Babangida said General Buhari should mind his utterances or else he will expose information of his (Buhari’s) financial misappropriation which he is/was privy to, advising General Buhari to quit his sanctimonious demeanor.
Parts of the statement read: “He is a one-time Minister of Petroleum and we have good records of his tenure as minister.
“Secondly, he also presided over the Petroleum Trust Fund ( PTF) which records we also have.
“We challenge him to come out with clean hands in those two portfolios he headed. Or, we will help him to expose his records of performance during those periods,”
The statement further added: “those who live in glass houses do not throw stones. Gen. Buhari should be properly guided.”
While stating that it was not in his character to exchange words with a former colleague, but for record purposes: “we are conversant with Gen. Buhari’s so-called holier-than-thou attitude.”
He also advised President Jonathan to graciously receive criticisms and if he was bmaling past leaders for Nigeria’s woes, he (Babangida) should not be fingered.
The statement continued: “On President Jonathan, there is nothing wrong in criticism if it is constructive and in the interest of the country. Gen. Babangida is one unique former President who does not criticise a sitting President as a matter of courtesy.
“If President Jonathan is blaming past leaders, he should look elsewhere, certainly not IBB.