The corruption blame-game between the major parties in Nigeria appears to be never-ending; as party members look to every opportunity in absolving themselves of any blame. Such was the case on Channels Television’s flagship programme Sunday Politics where Ayo Oyalowo, Economist and All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, squared up with former Presidential Aide; Reno Omokri, leading them to trade ruthless words during the conversation.
The key question was about the performance of the Muhammadu Buhari administration thus far, where they both expressed their views. It soon became a brutal attack on one another, as they compared the Jonathan and Buhari administration with regards to the fight against corruption.
— Channels Television (@channelstv) July 5, 2020
Going further, Omokri opined that while he admits that the Jonathan Administration made some mistakes during its tenure and there were a few corrupt officials; he believes that the Buhari Administration is much worse and that corruption has become a standard.
The issue about the arrest of Instagram celebrity, Raymond Igbalode, popularly known as Hushpuppi, and the call by the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate some prominent members of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who had been seen in photos with the suspect; also came up.
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In reference to the Hushpuppi situation, Omokri argued that the present administration’s ‘pat on the back’ for ranking officials accused of corruption was far from an excellent example for the youth to follow.
Ayo Oyalowo in response, rebuffed Omokri’s assertion. According to him, the former Presidential aide should not have a say when it comes to matters of corruption in Nigeria and he accused him of being a corrupt individual himself as well as ‘a mistake’ in Nigeria’s governance. He went further to declare that under the current administration, that courts have charged wanting individuals and brought them to justice, which was not so in the Jonathan-led administration.
“You cannot compare a government that romanticise corruption with a government taking alleged corruption cases to court,” he added.
He capped it off by saying that Nigeria’s issues can’t be solved in five years, adding that with hindsight Nigerians would appreciate the works of this administration.
Nigerians had a lot to say about the arguments of both discussants. Some praised Reno Omokri as being courageous and taking a stand against corruption.
GOD BLESS YOU MR RENO!!! NIGERIA YOUTH NEEDS TO CELEBRATE YOU FOR YOUR BOLDNESS, INFACT I SALUTE YOUR COURAGE, YOU ARE MY MENTOR AND HERO. BECAUSE OF YOU I AM PROUD TO BE A NIGERIAN LIVING OUTSIDE NIGERIA
— Akuete kelvin (@AkueteJunior) July 6, 2020
See how @renoomokri rubbished a full grown man. Reno spoke quintessentially with facts, and was urbane. But the other character was busy licking buttocks on national screen.
Pastor Reno, you have my respect.
— Savn Daniel (@savndaniel) July 5, 2020
Those on the other side of the fence declared that it was insulting for Reno Omokri to speak on corruption; alleging that he is a crooked individual who do not deserve such platform.
You're in no position to talk about corruption. It's an embarrassment to bring Reno on national tv. @AyoOyalowo tells Nigerians. I'm very sure Reno isn't gonna forget this day in his life. pic.twitter.com/M5h7VHEfEi
— ALHAJI.OMO IYA WAEC. (@OMOIYAWAEC77) July 5, 2020
Some Nigerians were of the opinion however, that the choice of participants was utterly wrong and that a discussion of contemporary politics, pushing for the progress of Nigeria as a nation should not, objectively, involve the chosen discussants.
.@channelstv brought up Reno Omokri – and then Ayourb.
To "debate contemporary issues".
That should tell you Nigeria is in a deep funk.
— Onye Nkuzi (@cchukudebelu) July 5, 2020
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