A former Nigerian aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, Monday called the country’s president Muhammadu Buhari ‘unpatriotic’ over his comments at the Paris Peace Forum in France.
Buhari, who departed the country on Friday to join other world leaders to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Armistice signed on November 11, 1918, delivered an address, “Illicit Financial Flows & Corruption: The Challenge of Global Governance”, at the Opening Ceremony on Sunday.
During his address, the president said, “Our experience in Nigeria is that financial crimes, such as corruption and fraudulent activities, generate enormous unlawful profits which often prove so lucrative that the threat of a jail term is not sufficient to deter perpetrators.”
While reacting to this on Monday, Fani-Kayode in a series of tweets that said such comments invariably characterised Nigerians as ‘rogues’.
The former minister, who dumped the ruling All progressives Congress for the People’s Democratic Party in 2014, opined that no Nigerian past leader has “ever denigrated or insulted the Nigerian people the way he [Buhari] keeps doing.”