By Ajibola Abayomi,
November 23, 2017
Nigeria’s anti corruption war under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has been described a deceptive agenda as a result of the moral burden on the President and some of his appointees.
These are the views of Pastor Adedeji Adeleye, the Media Chairman of OneVoice, a civil society group based in Lagos on Thursday while assessing the cardinal programmes of President Buhari.
He said Buhari’s much-lauded war on corruption was one area in which his hard-core supporters continue to defend saying, “in many respects, the defence is entirely understandable but at no point since its establishment in 2003 has the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) been seen to be so active in pursuing alleged perpetrators of grafts as it is at present.
“Yet, there has been no high profile conviction till date. We only hear about arrest, interim forfeitures of huge cash and proprieties but no conviction” adding that many of the President’s men ought to have been shown the way out if the government was serious about fighting corruption.
He alleged that the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubarka Malami had his hands dirty in may dirty in many corrupt cases and frowned at the alleged role the minster played in the controversial Malabu Oil deal and clearance given to the former Chairman of Pension Board Scheme, Abdulrasheed Maina to resume work at the Ministry of Interior despite his conviction by the court.
“Malami admitted to the Senate Sub-Committee probing the Maina-gate that he acted in consultation with Aba-Kyari, the Chief of Staff to the President and Minister of Interior, Danbazzau. It must be stressed that Maina was not the first person who was fired for corruption and brought back to government by President Buhari.
“AbdulRahman Danbazzau was fired as Chief of Army Staff for corruption and he was appointed as Minister of Interior thereafter, Mohammed Barkindo was removed as the Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua for taken kick backs from oil and gas sector, yet he was sponsored by this government as Secretary General of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
“Assistant Commissioner of Police Zakari Bui was dismissed for aiding Boko Haram kingpin, Kabiru Sokoto to escape from detention and was reinstated and promoted. Ahmed Gambo Saleh, Registrar of the Supreme Court was dismissed for stealing N2.2 billion belonging to the court yet he has been appointed as the secretary of the committee monitoring corrupt trials.”
Adeyeye said, “ It is regrettable that President Buhari has continue to pretend not to know what is going on. No person has been indicted or fired for this terrible embarrassment to his administration. It is business as usual.”