Former Solid Minerals/Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesilie has a tough reputation of calling a spade a spade no matter whose ox is gored. She is a reporter’s delight any day because, whenever she talks, serious people take her seriously.
According to media reports, Dr. Oby openly clashed with Dr. Femi Aribisala at a public function in Lagos on corruption. Aribisala declared that there is no war against corruption in the country, but only a war against the opposition PDP. As Aribisala ranted, student audience members clapped for him thunderously. Dr. Oby felt righteously indignant and demanded the opportunity to reply Aribisala. She argued that clapping for Aribisala was a trivialisation of a serious issue that would impinge on the future of the students and the quality of the education they deserve.
I totally agree with Dr. Oby. To pretend that the war against corruption by the Buhari administration is a war against the opposition PDP is the height of insincerity and a cheap exploitation of the ignorance of the people to wilfully and mischievously discredit the war against corruption. Only a Rip Van Winkle would pretend there is no war against corruption in the country, despite the high profile arrests of top former public figures and the discovery of billions of diverted public funds.
Aribisala is a PDP sympathiser. Why is he not languishing in jail merely on account of being a PDP member or supporter? I have numerous PDP friends who are not in the cooler because they are innocent. If the war against corruption is a war against PDP, why didn’t the Buhari administration go after all innocent PDP leaders and members? There are many PDP leaders still enjoying their freedoms because the government only goes after people with questions to answer, those with proven links to corrupt activities.
What was Aribisala talking about? American statesman Bernard Baruch said: “Every man is entitled to his opinions, but no man is entitled to be wrong in his facts.” Impunity for corruption has now given way to accountability, something that was once regarded as inconceivable, and even a man with beetle eyes can’t pretend not to take notice of this new reality.