The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) says “incorruptibility” is President Muhammadu Buhari’s “major selling point”.
According to the Muslim body, all allegations of “nepotism, religious bias and incompetence” levelled against the president are “tales from moonlight concocted by corrupt elements who want to bring back corruption”.
The group said if it is true that South Africa expelled its corrupt president (in reference to Jacob Zuma), Nigeria must retain its incorruptible leader.
MURIC said this in a statement which Ishaq Akintola, its director, issued on Monday.
“It is a monumental paradox that while former South African President Jacob Zuma was forced out of office due to corruption charges brought against him, Buhari is being pressurised to leave office for fighting corruption” the statement read.
“The outside world must be laughing at Nigeria as they watch the unfolding drama. “Two former heads of state have openly asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek a second term. The National Assembly (NASS) is also fighting tooth and nail to get rid of the president as many of its members are enmeshed in corruption cases.
“But Buhari’s major selling point has been his incorruptibility.”
MURIC added that Buhari “has no house in London. None in Paris or any foreign country for that matter, neither has any stolen fund been traced to him before and during his tenure”.
It said the president had succeeded in “blocking leakages through which our common patrimony has been siphoned into the private pockets of greedy politicians.”
“Foreign countries endorse him as a leader of unassailable integrity and the naira is getting back its lost glory as a result of all these. Prices of goods are falling,” the body said.
“Those who stole Nigeria’s money have become very powerful and they are using their stolen money to spread false propaganda to de-market Buhari. For blocking their access to easy money, corrupt elements wished Buhari dead. But when all that failed, they are now trying to incite the populace against him.”
“This enemy numero uno is now being tackled by the Buhari administration. Who wants all these evils to come back?
“To cap the edifice, we testify that we have seen signs that corruption is receiving deadly blows from the Buhari administration and it may eventually die for our great country to survive if we give Buhari the chance to consolidate on the present gains.”