In what could be seen as an indictment of former military leader, Ibrahim Babangida, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said he was ousted as Nigeria’s Military Head of State by a palace coup led by his then Chief of Army Staff, Babangida due to his stance against corruption.
Mr. Buhari said this while he spoke at the commissioning of new office complex for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja on Tuesday.
The president said, “My first attempt to fight corruption, corruption fought back successfully. I was removed from office and detained for three years.”
In spite of that experience, my “objective of fighting corruption remained steadfast,” he added.
According to him, since his coming to office in 2015, he has made “very conscious decisions” to pursue the fight against corruption.
He stated that under his watch, all Nigerians were now aware that corrupt officials would be held to account, no matter how long it took, adding that throughout the journey of his national life, he has made the anti-corruption fight a major agenda.
After Buhari’s was removed as head of state Babangida & Co, he was eventually put in prison for three years.
The president’s statement on Wednesday could be interpreted as meaning that Babangida was corrupt.