– The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari clocked two years on Monday, May 29, but there are issues affecting its celebration
– Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia, the director-general of the Change Ambassadors of Nigeria (CAN) says the government failed in the fight against corruption The director-general of the Change Ambassadors of Nigeria (CAN), Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr, has described the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as a failure in two major areas. Nwaokobia said the administration’s acclaimed success in the area of anti-corruption is mere propanganda while the president’s silence concerning marauding Fulani herdsmen and their attacks does not mean well for the country. The Buhari administration celebrated its second year on Monday, May 29 with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo reeling out some of the successes achieved by the government.
But Nwaokobia, whose organisation championed the successful campaign of Buhari, then candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, was far better in the fight against corruption than Ibrahim Magu.
“This is one area where the propaganda that liters the public space wears terrific garb. I have read words like, ‘we have never fought corruption this way before’, ‘the fight against corruption is yielding huge dividend’, ‘the fear of Buhari is the beginning of wisdom’, et al. “I dare say that Ribadu with all his flaws fought corruption better than Magu is doing today.
“Before some attempt to rewrite history for love of PMB, I must say that we have seen ex-governors as ex-convicts, we have seen the fall and conviction of an IG of police, ministers have been removed and tried, so nothing new is happening but a twist in the intensity of media hype and propaganda,” he said in a series of articles titled: ‘Mid-term blues: A floundering presidency, a slumbering civil society, a confused polity and the ordinary people – A Buharist as an emergent ‘wailing wailer’. Nwaokobia said the EFCC cannot be fighting corruption without the requisite will to name, shame and jail those found with huge funds. He said: “What we have seen is so much noise, sound and fury. That the fight against corruption has become increasingly theatrical is the only thing new. “EFCC knows the corrupt outside the presidency, and sees only saints in the presidency. “It took our advocacy almost forever to get the Grass-cutting SGF Babachir Lawal suspended. And the Chief of Staff to the president remains with his many baggage of corruptive tales. Yet we are fighting corruption. “I’m not sure that we have seen in our history orphaned funds and monies owned by spirits like we have seen under this watch. And we have funds returned by looters without conviction. Think!!” Nwaokobia wondered why the president seems to be silent over issues with Fulani herdsmen. “Are his hands tied because he is Fulani? Is he sympathetic to their cause because he owns cattle?” He asked noting that herdsmen have sacked villages, killed and injured people and orphaned kids.
Rather than deal decisively with them and put them before the law, our president ‘compensates’ them by appointing their lawyer and spokesperson, Mohammed Bello Tukur, as the new secretary of the Federal Character Commission (FCC). “You wonder why the pusillanimous impunity of Herdsmen covers Kaduna to Benue, Enugu to Ekiti, Osun to Ondo, Imo to Delta etc. “Yes, indeed this terror has federal character. Yet the civil society and the media are complicit and quiet,” he said while wondering the reasons behind the continued detention of Sambo Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser (NSA), and Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, a leader of the Shiite Islamic group, despite court rulings for their bails.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) is set to investigate some of its officers who were alleged of building houses in Lagos. The anti-graft agency which was reacting to a comment by a Nigerian concerning alleged information about a corrupt official of the EFCC, asked that such be made available to prosecute the accused staff.
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