The Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association has critcized President Muhammadu Buhari for not including Senators Iyiola Omisore and Musliu Obanikoro in the list of 50 Nigerinas banned from travelling abroad, saying it shows that his anti-corruption war is selective and one-sided.
The group faulted the list released by the Buhari administration on Saturday in a statement in Osogbo on Sunday by its President, Mr. Olalekan Hammed and Secretary, Olawale Ajao.
The exclusion of these two politicians from the ban further confirms that Buhari’s anti-corruption war was selective, the group said.
The Youths expressed disappointment over the exclusion of the two politicians who they said were accused of corruption.
Mr. Obanikoro, who was accused of corruption while in the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). While, Omisore, a Social Democratic Party stalwart, had helped the APC “win” the governorship candidate in the September 27 governorship poll in Osun State.
The statement read, “The anti-graft war embarked upon by President Muhammadu Buhari since the inception is nothing but a weapon to fight opposition parties and critics.
“In 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office, there were reactions from different angles that his anti-corruption war was aimed at targeting only the perceived enemies of government.
“The Presidency denied the allegation, and argued that no matter the parties they belong, all the corrupt people would be dealt with decisively.
“To our dismay, Obanikoro and Omisore, who have been charged with corruption, suddenly became saints as soon as they joined the All Progressives Congress.
“It is saddening to know that the names of the duo were not included in the so-called Executive Order 06 signed by Buhari and banning high profile public officials from overseas travel.
“His action affirmed the fact that the current anti-graft war is deceptive. There should be justice and fairness in the corrupt fight.”