Elder statesman and former Osun State governor, Chief Bisi Akande, says future politicians in Nigeria will be more corrupt.
He stated this while warning all governors and other political leaders, especially those of the ruling All Progressives Congress, to be wary of political vagabonds who would later come out to challenge and accuse them of corruption to take over the mantle of leadership.
Akande spoke in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, during his 85th birthday anniversary and the unveiling of Adebisi Akande Foundation, held in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The former APC interim National Chairman said he was afraid because Nigerians were talking about corruption among the present crop of political leaders but another set of political vagabonds were coming, who would be more corrupt, vicious, richer and more influential than the present ones.
Akande said, “We are in a Nigeria where everybody is more corrupt. Corruption is in the mind of everybody. These vagabonds are in the party and struggling to become leaders. Armageddon has started. These coming political vagabonds are going to fight with you.
“Today the vagabonds are hiding under your armpits, under your garments. The current political leaders in Nigeria should be careful of these new sets of vagabonds. They (vagabonds) are the most corrupt, they are becoming more popular in the minds of the people. They have more money and are possibly richer than you. They will fight and possibly take over power if you are not careful but they don’t mean well for the nation.”
Prominent Nigerians who attended the occasion included Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who represented President Bola Tinubu; Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State who represented the Vice President, Kashim Shettima; Chairman of the occasion and Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, among other top government and private functionaries.
Tinubu expressed his joy to have witnessed the 85th birthday of Akande, the grand old man and one of the moving forces of progressive movement in Nigeria.
“It is delightful and gratifying to know that Akande is still fit; mentally alert, in good health, and continues to contribute meaningfully, in our quest for a fairer, more just and equitable society. Baba Akande turning 85 is a landmark achievement that calls for celebration. We must also be thankful to God for his life and for giving the nation an eminent leader like him,” he said.