As the country prepares for the 2019 elections, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged Nigerians to reject politicians who are against the anti-corruption stance of the present administration, describing them as those “who have been feeling the pinch since the Buhari administration took over and closed the corruption tap”.

In a statement entitled ‘2019: Intensify Voters Awareness Campaign’, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the Director of MURIC, urged Nigerians to “open their eyes very wide” and vote for those seen clearly to be fighting corruption, describing them as “the politicians who can bring back the glory of this country”.

The statement read in part: “The jackals are gathering. Political demagogues are using rhetoric to deceive Nigerians. Most of the messages being passed across suffer from poverty of ideals and desertification of principles. Apart from anti-corruption, all other messages lack ideological identity. Nigerians are being hoodwinked. How are they going to pick the right candidates from 91 political parties? What is the difference between party ‘A’ and party ‘B’?

“One of the calamities which have struck the Nigerian political arena is the unbridled proliferation of parties. It is a crazy rat race and politicians have resorted to the use of deceit. Those who brought Nigeria to its knees and turned it to a beggar nation are claiming to be its saviours. They want to use that claim as an excuse to come back. Those who robbed Nigeria silly are claiming to be our messiahs.

“Nigerians must open their eyes very wide. Those who deserve our votes are those that we see clearly that they are fighting corruption. These are the politicians who can bring back the glory of this country. Vote for candidates who are likely to liberate you, your children and the future generation of Nigerians from the shackles of backwardness, poverty and bad governance.”

He urged Nigerians to reject politicians who promote the concept of “stomach infrastructure”, as well as those whose flamboyant lifestyles could not be accounted for.

He said: “Vote for politicians who promote austere living. Shun those who are extravagant and flamboyant. Avoid those who amass wealth. Ignore those who hobnob with past rulers who were known to be corrupt.

“In like manner, we charge Nigerians to reject politicians who propose stomach infrastructure. They are political parasites bent on defrauding the hoi polloi. Avoid stinkingly rich politicians whose source of wealth cannot be ascertained. Ritual killing is in their character and they will not hesitate to sell Nigeria to their herbalists and marabouts. Beware of legislators who are in the habit of delaying the budget, demanding bribe before confirming appointees and retarding Nigeria’s progress generally. Their eyes are on super-jumbo salaries from 2019-2023 and the resultant [impoverishment] of the proletariat for another four years.

“2019 is going to be a straight fight between corrupt politicians on one side and anti-corruption politicians on the other. Those who benefited from corruption in the past, but who have been feeling the pinch since the Buhari administration took over and closed the corruption tap from which free money was flowing will be on the side of corrupt politicians. Patriotic citizens and anti-corruption activists who want Nigeria to rise again will be on the side of anti-corruption politicians. The side you belong will determine the kind of person you are.

“To be or not to be, that is the question: or whether we will summon the courage to declare a general caveat emptor against corrupt politicians to permanently pitch our camp with integrity, anti-corruption and the rebuilding of Nigeria’s infrastructure. It is all about whether Nigeria should remain corrupt or not. It is about whether leaders should have integrity or not. It is about whether or not the poor masses should remain slaves permanently.”

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