From right: Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Attorney -General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama at a conference (image courtesy: Ibrahim Sumaila/BJO/NAN)

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to stop condemning the 8th National Assembly.

The party was responding to the Chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, who had accused the 8th National Assembly of spearheading a gang up against anti-graft battle in Nigeria.

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In a statement issued on Friday, the PDP said that at his age and status, Sagay ought to be bold enough to tell President Buhari that corruption resides in the Presidential Villa.

It asked him to clear his conscience by using his position to ask the President to answer Nigerians on the “alleged siphoning of N9 trillion oil money through shady contracts, under his watch, as detailed in the leaked NNPC memo.”

According to the PDP, it is strange to many Nigerians that Sagay, as the Chairman of the anti-corruption committee, could not summon the boldness to ask President Buhari to order an investigation into allegations by the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, that the N500bn meant for Social Investment Program was diverted to private purses.

The opposition party further stated that Sagay and President Buhari had been mute over the recent arrest of President Buhari’s confidant, Nasir Banu, in the United Kingdom for alleged passport scam and money laundering, while allegedly ferrying stolen money to persons said to be close to the Buhari Presidency.

It asked Sagay to leave the former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and the then House of Representatives Speaker, Hon Yakubu Dogara, alone and accept “the fact that the Buhari Presidency cannot fight corruption because it swims in ocean of corruption”.