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Published On: Fri, Mar 9th, 2018

Clogs in the wheel of progress

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Friday Column with Engr. Abubakar A. Fari

Naturally and under normal circumstances, every father would like to have good and well behaved and prosperous children. Every husband will, similarly, like to have a good and caring wife that takes care of the family. So also a wife would equally wish for a kind and patient husband. Again, every teacher would wish to have disciplined students and a conducive working environment. So do all traders wish to have bubbling markets with customers and the cash to pay for the goods or services procured, preferably upfront. Every sane nation will like to have patriotic and just leaders that will create a socio-economic environment free from corruption and lawlessness.
But Nigeria is an exception. What many love is to have corrupt and incompetent leaders who will wreck the polity. They sing the songs for the leaders who will compromise standards and provoke breakdown of the Nigerian economy. Nigerians condone corrupt elements in the executive, legislature and the judiciary. Chop I chop mentality and mindset ensures no sense of patriotism for the good of the whole country but for few corrupt elements in society. The anti graft campaigns of the ICPC, and the EFCC especially under the leadership of Nuhu Ribadu, Farida Waziri, as well as with Ibrahim Magu leave no one in doubt that high profile movers and shakers are the albatross in the wheel of progress and the anti- corruption drive of Buhari.
Consider the revelations on page 6 of the LEADERSHIP newspaper of Saturday, February 10, 2018 captioned “EFCC To Reopen 14 Former Govs’ Corruption Cases”. It says “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to reopen the corruption cases of about 14 former governors and other top government officials. According to the report, It was gathered that the sums of money in the corruption cases involving some governors, their family members and some influential Nigerians are put at over N183 billion. LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that in July 2016, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-general of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, had written to both the EFCC and the independent corrupt practices and other related offences commission (ICPC) requesting the case files of 31 former governors being investigated or prosecuted by the anti-graft agencies.”
And going by the EFCC and the ICPC probes, and on-going court cases, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for instance, has come under public scrutiny with respect to alleged mischief and wrong-doings in budgeting processes and other misappropriation schemes. So the corrupt in the Senate, Executive, Judiciary, the civil service, clergy, fake journalists all vibrate in the same amplitude. Some wish to divert attention from the probes of the alleged economic and financial crimes of some high profile Senators and ex-Governors in Saraki’s Senate callously to blackmail Buhari after some people failed to poison him to death. In the last 3 years, the Senate will not attend to Buhari’s requests since many of them have corruption cases to answer. More so that their mission in the National Assembly seems to be to make money and proceed to grandstand on economic crime charges that anti-graft agencies have against them. They do not care, for instance, whether or not the national budget and other critical executive interventions remain in the cooler so long the criminal litigations against them will not be compromised by Buhari. Why is the Senate under Saraki unconcerned with the revelation by the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, that in the last 50 years, the herders have been neglected? If any, the government only concern itself with farming of cassava, maize, rice and cocoa only. Don’t they eat beef and goat and sheep meat in their homes? Under Jonathan administration, there was indication that N100 billion was disbursed to all the 36 governors to solve herders/farmers conflict and the money disappeared. There are many ex-governors who took the money and are now serving senators. Why are they silent? Under Saraki , the Senate is more concerned with the removal of EFCC Chairman Magu. If they run they cannot hide. The Senate under Saraki has Senators who are among the 31 former governors being investigated by anti-graft agencies. The election sequence for the 2019 is now being manipulated to scheme out Buhari so as to install a Washington-behind –closed- doors President to sustain the loot and oversee the economic break down of Nigeria.
The average Nigerian is not with Saraki and his co-travelers on these matters. The public expectation is to see to it that in the next four years, the Buhari development agenda that will lead Nigeria to an economic prosperity will crystallize, a record that past governments failed to deliver despite the golden opportunity they had to do so. If Buhari takes the credit of being the architect of modern Nigeria, they will contract hypertension and high blood sugar. They don’t want him to achieve that history and are scheming to frustrate him. But they have already failed because the voice of the people is the voice of God.

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