Two-term governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, was has stated that it would take president Muhammadu Buhari years to eliminate corruption from Nigeria.
According, over 90 per cent of Nigerians are corrupt and as such it would be difficult for the current government to conquer it.
Speaking with Vanguard, Bafarawa, who was recently arrested by the Economic and financial Crimes Commsion, EFCC, over his involvement with the arms deal fund denied pocketing the N100m that was giving to him by the then National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
He said, “When I went there I was told that my invitation was in connection with the N100 million which a former minister gave to me. I accepted that he gave me the money and I gave it to those it was meant for.
“I told them that the money was paid to the beneficiaries through cheques. The matter is already in court and I don’t want to say more than that for now.
“It doesn’t mean that when you come to court you are corrupt. The investigators can do it rightly or wrongly but what they are trying to do is find out the facts whether what they are told or what has been seen in the books is true or not. It is left to the person to go and explain himself,” Bafarawa added.
The former governor affirmed that he holds no grudge against the government for fighting corruption, urging Nigerians to team up with President Muhammadu Buhari to stamp out corruption from the polity so as to give Nigerians a new lease of life.
His words, “today, one can say that up to 90 percent of Nigerians are corrupt because when you go to the grassroots level that is where corruption starts.
“The electorate will demand money before they elect you into office no matter how good you are, no matter the kind of ideology you have and intend to bring for their own good.
“If you don’t give them money, they would not support you. The game is that anyone who comes and shares money to them gets the support and nothing more.”