- An ex-minister of petroleum resources Tam David-West has said that Ibrahim Babangida sent him to jail because he drank a cup of tea with a white man
- He said the former military president accused him of receiving a wrist watch as a gift
- David-West said he considers corruption as President Muhammadu Buhari's greatest challenge and not insecurity
An ex-minister of petroleum resources Tam David-West has said that the former military president Ibrahim Babangida sent him to jail because he drank a cup of tea with a white man.
He also said he was accused by the former military president of receiving a wrist watch as a gift.
Speaking in an interview with the Sun, David-West said he considers corruption as President Muhammadu Buhari's greatest challenge and not insecurity.
The former minister said: “The greatest challenge is not security, because we have very effective security agencies. The greatest challenge of this government is corruption and he is fighting it very well, and expectedly, corruption is fighting back."
“If Nigeria doesn’t kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria, because it has a lot of money to fight back,” David-West said.
He said: “Corruption is two sides, why should somebody give you money to corrupt your conscience? The corrupt people know that most Nigerians are buyable. Corruption can never be fought from one side, and it has always been the problem of successive governments."
“Former Military President Ibrahim Babangida sent me to jail, because he said I drank a cup of tea with a white man and received a gift of wristwatch. I have challenged him to make a public declaration of his assets as I have done mine three times," he noted.
“I’m not trying to be self righteous, if you have personal or self worth, there is no need for you to be corrupt; how much money would be given to kill your conscience, most of the corrupt people are victims of inferiority complex, that is why they loot to please their egos.
Recall that the Babangida hosted many Nigerian dignitaries during his daughter's wedding at his Hilltop residence in Minna, Niger state.
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