How Corruption Delivered Quadruplets in Nigeria and Delegitized Buhari’s
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
There is also another person who went to a Southern State’s Government House in 2002 with a Sagem Mobile Phone and a Mercedes 200 (Flat Boot) to pick up a government appointment. The person later emerged governor in 2007 and eight years after, the person became questionably and stupendously rich, to the extent that today, the person is one of the movers and shakers of the central ruling Party. How he or she made such intimidating wealth in a twinkle of an eye has remained sketchy till date.
Another person who is also rated as one of the movers and shakers of the central ruling party struggled and served as mere hospital or clinic attendant before 1999 from where the said person was picked and sponsored by his or her boss to become a State legislator in a Southern State; years later he or she became a governor. Today, he or she is widely and circumstantially believed to be stupendously rich; with billions of naira worth of moveable and immoveable wealth to his or her malicious credit. How the said person made such stupendous wealth in quick succession has remained sketchy till date.
Those who form part of the movers and shakers of the central ruling Party in Nigeria are supposedly Military/Service pensioners (including supposed Customs and Police pensioners). By the terms of their service to Nigeria and Nigerians, they are Federal Government Military/Service pensions’ recipients; yet these Military/Service “pensioners” have become so rich and worth billions of dollars on account of their rabid corrupt practices while in office or post public office graft complicity; to the extent that that they now build and own multibillion naira private universities within and beyond borders of Nigeria. Some, if not many of them also own private jets. How a common Military/Service pensioner can single-handedly build a university or own private jet (s) and other multibillion naira wealth remains “one of the wonders of corruption and its “fight” in Nigeria”.
What about Senior Lawyers of questionable conscience mostly based in Lagos and Abuja? These questionable senior lawyers with some, if not many of them either serving in the present central Government or supporting same as “activist lawyers” virtually work hand in glove with the said doyens of corruption peopling the present central Government of Nigeria. During the aborted graft trial of one of the former Governors of a Southern State, it was the same Senior Lawyers of questionable conscience that technically scuttled same till date.
Today, many, if not most of these “senior lawyers” are questionably rich with multibillion naira worth of choice properties scattered in choice places of Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Port Harcourt as well as beyond the borders of Nigeria. In Nigeria of today, electioneering and corruption related briefs are indefensively the costliest briefs in the country’s legal consulting industry. Some of these “senior lawyer” especially of Lagos and Abuja residency know no other art of professional legal practice and its prowess except running from pillar to pole pursuing election related and corruption defensive briefs. In the days of late Chief Gani Fawehimni, SAN, any consultancy involving alleged perpetrators of violent crimes and corruption practitioners was conscientiously forbidden and declared a “no go area” in the legal icon’s chambers and conscience.
There are also corrupt decampees or political party lepers who mindlessly pillaged and plundered their State resources when holding sway as Governors of their respective States. One of them was a plunderer governor in one of the Southern States who later had multibillion naira graft cases hung around his neck in court; leading to his desperate decampment to the present central ruling Party for waiver. Graft cases involving a former governor of Bayelsa State and that of Kogi State were also unceremoniously dropped on orders of the present central Government with their indicted properties returned. These are just to highlight but few.
Executive cover-ups in corruption cases under the present central Government of Buhari/Osinbajo are mind boggling and second to none. As crude as Obasanjo’s Government (1999-2007) was but it remains the best central Administration in recent times in Nigeria to have fought corruption with semblance of human face and civility. Despite the fact that his Government/Party was in control of or produced most of the 36 State Governors of the Federation, yet it got to a point where the fear of Nuhu Ribadu and his EFCC was the beginning of wisdom for then sitting Governors and Ministers; especially looter and plunderer Governors and Ministers and other top public office holders.
This remarkable trend was disastrously reversed by the Yar’Adua/Jonathan Administration, starting from mid 2007 upwards. Before the coming of the present Administration in late May 2015, the Jonathan Administration was the most corruption-friendly central Government in Nigeria in recent times; a disastrous feat already quadrupled by the present central Government.
Instances of central executive cover-ups in high profile public office holders’ corruption scandals in Nigeria since June 2015 are: the multimillion naira (if not dollar) Gen Tukur Buratai [army chief] illicit Dubai Properties and his multibillion naira Tukur & Tukur Industrial scale Farms Limited in North-Central Nigeria (said to include a huge construction site, a tarred road, a zoo, a guesthouse, chalets, a restaurant, a cinema hall, a mini-stadium and other leisure facilities), the June 2016 criminal renting and furnishing of an Abuja Mansion by Ibrahim Magu of EFCC valued at N83M, the $2M “recovery” at Abuja Judges’ Houses of 8th October 2016.
The rest are: the “recovery” of N13.3B on 12th April 2017 at Ikoyi Towers, the $9.8M “recovery” of 3rd February 2017 at the Kaduna House of a former GMD of NNPC, the N49M Kaduna Airport “recovery” of 14th March 2017, the N448M “recovery” at Lagos Bureau de Change Plaza of 7th April 2017, N250M Balogun Market “recovery” of 2017, the grave allegation by Senator Misau against the Inspector General of Police to the effect that he criminally pockets N120B per annum from sundry corporate and VIP special dues and posting bribes; the recent “recovery” of over 1000 illicitly (?) imported Pump Action guns and the $26B NNPC contract scandal involving its serving GMD, just to mention but a few. Till date, these high profile cases of corruption, whether real, imagined or stage managed, have remained swept under the carpet under the present central Presidency of Buhari/Osinbajo.
With the exception of those tagged “State enemies”, all the appointees, supporters and decamped and “repented enemies” of the present central Government are steadily shielded from corruption investigation and prosecution especially since June 2015. Former NSA [national security adviser] Col Sambo Dasuki as a leading “enemy” of the present central Government in Nigeria has been in detention since July 2015 despite several court bail pronouncements in his favour.
Through abuse of power and office and executive corruption, Sheik Ibrahim Ez-Zaky and his beloved wife-Zenaatu have remained detained since 14th December 2015 after they were battered and lacerated with live bullets on the express orders of the COAS [chief of army staff]. Their continued detention without release or fair trial is not grounded in any section of the 1999 Constitution or constitutionally compatible legislation in Nigeria.
Despite strong recommendations contained in the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), which specifically and strongly recommended for 60% State efforts to be geared towards Prevention, 20% for Prosecution/Punishment and 20% for international cooperation, technical cooperation and information exchange among Member-States; the present central Government in Nigeria has not only digressed gravely but also mindlessly turned its so called “anti corruption crusade” into instrument for pursuit of vendetta, criminal labeling and stigmatization; by mindlessly directing all its State arsenals against the opponents of the Administration and providing waivers for appointees and supporters and “repented enemies” of the Administration. The UN Anti Corruption Convention entered into force on 14th of December 2005 with 176 signatories and 140 full State-Parties including Nigeria, which signed it on 3rd December 2003 and ratified same on 14th December 2004.
For purpose of putting the records straight, the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) provides: corruption can be prosecuted after the fact, but first and foremost, it requires prevention. An entire chapter of the Convention is dedicated to prevention, with measures directed at both the public and private sectors. These include model preventive policies, such as the establishment of anticorruption bodies and enhanced transparency in the financing of election campaigns and political parties. States must endeavour to ensure that their public services are subject to safeguards that promote efficiency, transparency and recruitment based on merit.
Once recruited, public servants should be subject to codes of conduct, requirements for financial and other disclosures, and appropriate disciplinary measures. Transparency and accountability in matters of public finance must also be promoted, and specific requirements are established for the prevention of corruption, in the particularly critical areas of the public sector, such as the judiciary and public procurement. Those who use public services must expect a high standard of conduct from their public servants.
Preventing public corruption also requires an effort from all members of society at large. For these reasons, the Convention calls on countries to promote actively the involvement of non-governmental and community-based organizations, as well as other elements of civil society, and to raise public awareness of corruption and what can be done about it. Article 5 of the Convention enjoins each State Party to establish and promote effective practices aimed at the prevention of corruption.
This statement was released as
“News Release: How Corruption Delivered Quadruplet In Nigeria And Made Buhari/Osinbajo Administration Anti Graft Meddlesome Interloper”
by International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), a Nigerian civil society group and signed by
Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chair
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Chinwe Umeche, Esq.
Head, Democracy & Good Governance Program
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