From Tom Garba, Yola
Chief Whip, Adamawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Hassan Mamman Barguma, has expressed his satisfaction over the on-going anti-corruption war being waged by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Specifically, Barguma said the alleged diversion of $2.1 billion meant to purchase arms for soldiers to fight the insurgency in the North-East under the watch of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, in the last administration should shock any Nigerian who has the country’s interest at heart.
He commended the new-found vigour among the various anti-graft agencies in the country to fight corruption, describing it as “a big relief”.
” I am in pain and at the same time I am getting relieved that the fight against corruption is getting down to even some All Progressives Congress (APC) members who are being prosecuted for the arm deals scam,” Barguma said.
The chief whip, who represents Hong State Constituency, one of the areas badly destabilised by Boko Haram, lamented that the terrorists would have been defeated and his constituents relieved of incessant attacks if Dasuki had purchased the arms as provisioned for with the $2.1 billion given to the former NSA .
His words: “As one who hails from an insurgency-prone area of the North-East, I’m in pain that the money earmarked for purchase of arms for our security is now the centre of the issue at stake. With the development, we are relieved from the pains of losses of lives and properties in my constituency, Hong, but we are happy that the anomalies are being addressed by Mr President. We pray that such an ugly incident does not happen in the North-East of the country again.
“As a member of the All Progressives Congress and an agent of change, I join other Nigerians to encourage the President in his crusade in the fighting against bribery and corruption. We should rally round him throughout his tenure to tackle corruption in high places. There are a lot of financial improprieties everywhere in the country. Although he has started by tackling the arms deal scam, I believe the President will soon go to the oil sector where the corruption profile is apparently high. He will also go to education, FCT, power, transport and other sectors of the economy.”
He called on all Nigerians to be patient as “fighting corruption is not what one will expect to end within one year or two years. We all have to be optimistic, fight corruption head on and not distract the President from the task.”