The leadership of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress, APC party has described Prof. Itse Sagay, chairman Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption to President Muhammadu Buhari, as a “rogue elephant”.
APC, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, was reacting to a previous interview granted by Sagay where he (Sagay) had referred to the APC leadership as a “failure” and “the most unprincipled group of people. They are lily-livered, weak, and cannot run any organisation.”
Part of the APC statement read, “In his sheer arrogance, he forgets that it is impossible for him to call out the leadership of the party as “weak” and “unprincipled” without indicting the President, who is the leader of the party and has the fundamental responsibility to build the party.”
The APC asked that Sagay “channel his opinions and advice to the President on how to make the party stronger and more principled. It appears however that Sagay does not have anything constructive to say about anything. He only knows how to tear down and assault everyone and everything.”
For months Sagay has been on rampage, granting interviews attacking everyone and responding to any issue, mostly the National Assembly and the issue of their salary and allowance. In the interview where he described the president’s party as a failure, Sagay had said of Buhari, “Yes, he is my employer. If he tells me to stop talking, I’ll stop talking. But I have certain rights too that I can exercise in addition to that, because I’m not going to be in a position where I am impotent. So, I must obey him, but I can go beyond that and obey myself too.”
Reacting to the APCs outburst, Sagay in a recent interview, said his criticism was not against Buhari but the national chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, and Abdullahi, both of whom he described as “come and chop” politicians.
PHOTO: National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun (left), and President Buhari.