In a rare show of solidarity for President Muhammadu Buhari, a former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, has hailed the present administration, describing it as a government for Nigerians.
The ex-governor and one-time presidential candidate of the defunct Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), also declared his support for the anti-corruption stance of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government.
Bafarawa, who is one of the suspects currently being prosecuted in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for his alleged involvement in the N13.6 billion arms deal probe, along with his son, Sagir and others, spoke to reporters in Sokoto on Wednesday.
“Whether I am an APC or Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member, the government is ours and Nigeria is my country. Nothing stops me from supporting its good policies”, he stressed.
Bafarawa continued: “I am 100 per cent behind Buhari’s anti-graft drive to sanitise the system. But there should be justice and Buhari cannot achieve that alone without the support and cooperation of others.
“Anyone found guilty should be made to face justice. We are 100 per cent in support of the way things are going”.
Bafarawa, who has been away for over two months, said: “I am not here for politics, but to see my family and know how they are faring”.
Recalling his eight year tenure in office as governor of Sokoto State, Bafarawa said also fought corruption within his government, which accounted for why he was able to leave behind N13 billion in the state’s coffers for his successor, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko.
The former governor, who refused to comment on the arms deal issue since the matter was in court, decried the manner in which the media pronounced him and other suspects guilty even before they were arraigned.
“It is amazing that the media had already set us on the line of prosecution, even before the court was served the notice of prosecution. As a politician, one should expect the good, the bad and the ugly. But I thank God for bearing the challenges of life”, Bafarawa said.