In what could be regarded as one of his most emotional statements, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said when he departs this world, he will like to be remembered as a man who led the battle against corruption.
Buhari has been accused of being selective in the fight against corruption but the president believes that some of the criticisms are meant to distract him.
On Thursday, Olujimi Abiodun, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator from Ekiti, said though Buhari’s government “is riding on a crest of no corruption, it is actually willing to condone it”.
But the president disagrees with the lawmaker, saying if there is incriminating evidence against anyone who has “abused trust”, such person will be charged to court.
“I will not lose sleep over it (criticisms); I read it in the newspapers; I watch it on the television,” he told Channels Television correspondent at New Delhi, capital of India.
“Those that are not corrupt should encourage us to do more but those that are interested in the safety of those that have abused trust in the country will go any length, including bribing people to give false information.
“I am not being selective whoever is caught with documents incriminating him or her will be prosecuted in the court for Nigerians to know those who have abused trust.”
On how he likes to be remembered, Buhari said: “I want to be remembered by Nigerians as a genuine patriot who not only fought the civil war but also fought corruption to standstill”.