Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on War Against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay (SAN) on Thursday said that Nigeria would have completely become a failed state like Zimbabwe if former president, Goodluck Jonathan had won the 2015 Presidential election.
He said that if the Muhammadu Buhari administration had not emerged, Nigerians will be seeking refuge in neighbouring countries at this time.
Sagay spoke in Abuja at the anti-corruption summit organized by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa in conjunction with ONE Africa to brainstorm on issues ahead of the May 12th global anti-corruption summit in London. He said:
Given the unrestrained stealing and the enormous economic pillage under the Jonathan administration, it is not a surprise that the Nigerian economy is lying prostrate. The present administration needs time to fill in the big holes that were left by the previous administration.
It is therefore irrational for anybody with perverse mentality to say that they should bring back corruption. The truth is if Jonathan had won the 2015 election, by now Nigeria would have completely become a failed state like Zimbabwe with huge inflation rate of N10 billion, or probably all of us would have to carry our little belongings to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.
Nigeria would have witnessed a ferocious economic disaster if the Buhari administration had not emerged. All that is going on now is the rebuilding process of the economy that was so destroyed by the previous administration. Those praying for the return of Jonathan should thank God for not answering their prayers because it would have been a terrible nightmare.
We must be patient and rational in our thinking for the inevitable change of the Buhari administration to come. It will surely come, but it is not a magic wand.
Sagay also disclosed that his committee has completed a draft for the establishment of Special Crime Court that would have jurisdiction on money laundering offences, corruption and other economic crimes.