It was gathered that a renowned poet, Prof. Niyi Osundare, on Sunday, berated the President Goodluck Jonathan administration on its fight against graft, saying the President gave “corruption a well furnished chair in his dining room.”
He spoke during the annual Distinguished Alumni Lecture of the Christ’s School, Ado-Ekiti, Alumni Association, in Lagos.
Osundare, who spoke on the topic, ‘No more business as usual: Nigeria’s new-found change and the lessons from the last’, described the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government as a nightmare to the nation.
He said if the PDP had won the March 28 presidential election, the country would have headed for “the purgatory of desolation.”
The poet latched out at the outgoing administration for promoting impunity and weakening the economy.
He said it was unfortunate that a former Minister of Aviation Ms. Stella Oduah, who was indicted for the N255m bulletproof car scandal, could be elected a senator.
According to him, the outgoing government made evil deeds attractive by not punishing government officials indicted for corruption.
He said, “We have a President, who saw no difference between right or wrong. Here is a President, who saw a difference between stealing and corruption. The PDP offered transformation without change, motion without movement.
“The President made evil deed attractive. People commit crimes and get away with it. As long as you belong to the
president’s party or you know his wife, you are safe. A criminal runs to Aso Rock for being called a thief and the President shuts the gate and say, be not afraid.”
Osundare urged the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to deliver on his campaign promises, recalling that US President Barack Obama refused to visit Nigeria because the country had not been leading by example.
The poet also urged Nigerians to told the new government accountable, warning that if the All Progressives Congress failed to perform, Nigerians would vote them out.
“Rather than be the giant of Africa, Nigeria has become a gigantic embarrassment,” he said.