General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, IBB, (rtd), the Former Military President has said they were saints during his military regime when compared to the current level of corruption in Nigeria.
The 80-year-old said this while speaking during an interview with Trust TV.
“I sacked a governor for misappropriating N300,000. Now there are people — we read in the papers, thank God there are papers to read and social media and so on— who steal N2 billion, N3 billion and nobody is saying they are corrupt; only us because we are military, that is all.
“I still maintain that we are saints if you compare somebody who is accused of stealing N3 billion to one with N300,000; then I think we are saints.”
Speaking on why the battle against corruption was so difficult, General Ibrahim Babangida, who was Head of State from 1985-1993, said;
“I sold an idea but because it came from me, nobody likes it, nobody will like to hear it:
“Identify areas of corruption and attack them from the source. I read in one of the newspapers where a judge was complaining that they are not well remunerated by the public and that is a sure source of corruption.
“Wherever you have a system where you have a lot of control there will be corruption.”