I fight cor­rup­tion bet­ter than Jonathan –Kwankwaso

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dulka­dir Bad­sha Mukhtar, Kano

Gover­nor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State over the weekend de­clared him­self a bet­ter anti-cor­rup­tion fighter than Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan, say­ing he al­ways deals squarely with cor­rupt of­fi­cials in his state while Jonathan merely “shoots the mes­sen­ger.”

Re­act­ing to a re­cent com­ment by Jonathan that the Kano govern­ment can­not ac­count for money it re­ceived from the Fed­er­a­tion Ac­count, Kwankwaso said all money col­lected by the state govern­ment was ju­di­ciously spent and prop­erly doc­u­mented.

Ac­cord­ing to his spokesman, Hallilu Ibrahim Dan­tiye, the gover­nor said at a meet­ing with APC stake­hold­ers in Govern­ment House Kano that in mak­ing the com­ment, the pres­i­dent was only try­ing to judge people by his own stan­dards.

He said Kano in­di­genes were sat­is­fied with the way their money is be­ing spent and the projects be­ing em­barked upon by the govern­ment are gen­uine, ex­ten­sive and ver­i­fi­able. He said he had been look­ing for people who steal govern­ment money to pun­ish them and set as ex­am­ples as his govern­ment does not and would never tol­er­ate or en­cour­age cor­rup­tion.

“I chal­lenge any­one, in­clud­ing the pres­i­dent, that if he finds any­body who si­phoned lo­cal or state govern­ment money, to re­port to me and see what ac­tion my ad­min­is­tra­tion would take against the of­fender,” the gover­nor said.

He said he is not un­der the pres­i­dent but un­der the people of the state who voted him into of­fice, and there­fore, they are the people who have the right to query him and not the pres­i­dent who is known to pun­ish only whistle­blow­ers.

He also noted that the re­cent PDP unity rally graced by Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan was at­tended by only a few out­siders, as the event was shunned by party stake­hold­ers.

“These new as­so­ciates of the pres­i­dent in Kano are not cred­i­ble people, and do not have any sup­port­ers, there­fore, they will only con­trib­ute to his fail­ure and pave way for the APC to win the 2015 elec­tions,” Kwankwaso said.

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