- Professor Oluremi Sonaiya who contested against President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC in 2015, takes time to score the latter's government
- She also lampoons the National Assembly and lawmakers for earning huge amounts for literally doing nothing
Professor Oluremi Sonaiya, the presidential candidate of KOWA Party during 2015 general election, has warned Nigerians to discard the old politicians who have held the country by its jugular for years if they want their country to be great again.
Sonaiya said this in an interview published by The Point, while further lamenting the level of wastage in government and how politicians frisk the country of huge sums of money through dubious means.
“I hope Nigerians will one day come to the conclusion to chase out all these old politicians that have deceived us for decades, with their votes and usher in a new set of people with good ideology to move us forward.
“And I believe that now is even the time. Nigerians ought to have known that this set of people have nothing to offer us, except enslaving us and impoverishing the people.
“It is time they are flushed out of Nigerian politics for new people with good ideas that will help us. And this fight can be achieved with the support of the media and other relevant stakeholders,” she said.
Concerning the alleged bill before the National Assembly to empower the legislative arm arrest any minister that flouts its orders, the president candidate asked: “Do the lawmakers themselves not deserve to be disciplined? Let those of them at the National Assembly lead with example.
“Are the law makers holier? We all see their deeds, and we know their worth. They should let the discipline begin with themselves before they think of applying it to other people.
“Let them put their house in order. Apart from that, let everybody who does wrong pay for it, be it minister, legislator, judiciary and the rest. You see, one of the major challenges we have in this country is that people commit crime and get away with it. And this is one of the issues Buhari’s government is facing.”
She declared that she would only believe the administration when corrupt people are jailed.
Sonaiya however noted that President Muhammadu Buhari is not the issue with the country but those he has surrounded himself with.
She also questioned the remuneration to political office holders and members of the National Assembly saying this must be slashed.
“On the other hand, I will say it is time we started thinking of ways to block ways through which our money is stolen by our politicians.
“You can imagine that most of them, because of their selfish interest, hype the cost of projects for their benefits while some of them will give the projects to the contractor that will also pay them part of the money in return.
“And at the end what we have is poorly executed projects; meanwhile there is no economy in the world with all these malpractices that will be balanced.
“Look at the amount of money we have spent on power supply in this country and yet our electricity is still epileptic. These are the issues we need to confront, if the country will move forward,” she declared.