Update: Fubara: “Before Nigerians Picked the clown Buhari from dustbin of hoi polloi into Aso Rock, Nigeria had past South Africa as the largest economy in Africa, And least corrupt it had been since the 1970s..”– Fubara David-West New York[RR]Abuja–Reacting to a report captioned:”President Buhari’s Unenviable Gritty Battle To Cap Corruption”, and/or titled: “In Nigeria, […]
Update: Fubara: “Before Nigerians Picked the clown Buhari from dustbin of hoi polloi into Aso Rock, Nigeria had past South Africa as the largest economy in Africa, And least corrupt it had been since the 1970s..”– Fubara David-West
New York[RR]Abuja–Reacting to a report captioned:”President Buhari’s Unenviable Gritty Battle To Cap Corruption”, and/or titled: “In Nigeria, president Buhari’s anti-corruption battle is shaking up his own team”, respected commentator Fubara David-West has this to say about Buhari’s led APC regime: “This is quite an entertaining propaganda piece. Apparently, the deadly clown under the mask, General Buhari, still has both his hoi polloi, and some more refined Nigerians in his corner, enjoying the fiesta of a people dancing naked in the streets around their deadly clown, with the hoi polloi foaming at the mouth, and grunting for human sacrifice to add to their entertainment.
“General Buhari had nothing resembling an “unenviable battle” on his hands, when the Nigerian voters demonstrated their enduring love, for their dustbin of history, by picking him up from it, as rotten as he was, and moving him into Aso Rock.
“Just a few months before they did that, Nigeria had moved past South Africa as the largest economy in Africa. The historical data also showed, that Nigeria was the least corrupt it had been since the 1970s. Furthermore, the democratic institutions of the country were thriving…”, he fumed.
The report scolded Buhari’s led APC regime as cold footing when it comes to surrounding his regime with corrupt politicians and apparently look elsewhere. Part of the report reads: “During his campaign for the presidency and since taking office two years ago Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his anti-corruption campaign as a pillar of his administration.
But while his public rhetoric galvanized the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, his actions, when presented with a chance to mop out corruption within his own government, haven’t always matched his rhetoric.
“While several high profile members of his predecessor’s government have been arrested, there have been claims the anti-corruption campaign has not targeted members of the current administration.
“But with two high-profile suspensions of two government officials this week, that has changed. More significantly, Buhari has ordered the suspension of Babachir Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), over “allegations of violations of law and due process.” Lawal, a member of Buhari’s kitchen cabinet, was implicated by Nigeria’s Senate’s discovery of a $8m fraud scandal around relief funds meant for rebuilding Nigeria’s troubled northeast after nearly a decade of a Boko Haram-led insurgency. Lawal was accused of being recipient, through his company, of controversial contracts from the committee in charge of the relief funds.
Initially, Buhari resisted calls to sack his SGF as recommended by Nigeria’s Senate. That decision, given the weight of the allegations faced by Lawal, served as fodder for the opposition sentiment that members of Buhari’s government and party were shielded from his anti-corruption fight.
Buhari has also suspended Ayo Oke, director general of Nigeria’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA), in response to a growing controversy over EFCC’s latest cash haul find of $43 million following a tip-off through an ongoing whistle-blower program. Following the discovery of the money in an empty Lagos apartment and the order of temporary forfeiture by a Federal High Court in Lagos, NIA made a claim for the money.
Fubara vehemently plied on Buhari’s hypocrisy. His words: “Furthermore, the democratic institutions of the country were thriving.
“Of course, the precipitous drop in oil prices on the global market, during the last part of the Jonathan administration was a major challenge for the country, which for decades depended on oil sales to fund close to 70 percent of its public budgets. Readers should think about that statistic. It means that more than 70 cents, out of every dollar that Nigeria earned was earmarked for programmed spending.
“We should also note that the budget was drawn up, based on the projected price of oil on the global market. What happens to the country’s spending plans when the projected price of oil is, let’s say $60 a barrel of oil, and sometime during the fiscal year, the actual price of oil falls to, let’s say $25 a barrel? That was the kind of a situation that Nigeria faced.
Adding that, “Meanwhile, the wily treasonous felon, General Buhari, also had the criminally insane terrorists: Boko Haram causing havoc in Nigeria, while General Buhari declared that an attack on the terrorists by the Nigerian military was an attack on northern Nigeria. That declaration told Nigerians, that Boko Haram was the de facto armed wing of the campaign by General Buhari and his party, to eject President Jonathan from office.
“The campaign succeeded, but General Buhari was clueless about what to do once he moved into Aso Rock. He thought that reprising his role as a strongman fighting the monster in his head: corruption was all that he needed to do, with the treasonous fervor of a lawless despot. That’s why the country has a lot of difficulties today.
“As the great Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala reminded the world a few months ago, everything was in control, even after the precipitous drop in oil prices, before the Jonathan administration was voted out of office.
“If General Buhari was not so inept, he would have quickly presented a program to deal decisively with the fiscal problems Nigeria faced. He would not. His main passion has been to demonstrate that he was the treasonous felon, and high criminal of a General to destroy the democratic institutions of Nigeria, even while he spent months as a ghost worker, hiding in some medical facility in England.
“General Buhari has been quite lucky, that he leads a country that allows him to commit treason, high crimes and misdemeanors routinely…”, he warned.
QZ.com added that “Buhari has also suspended Ayo Oke, director general of Nigeria’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA), in response to a growing controversy over EFCC’s latest cash haul find of $43 million following a tip-off through an ongoing whistle-blower program. Following the discovery of the money in an empty Lagos apartment and the order of temporary forfeiture by a Federal High Court in Lagos, NIA made a claim for the money.
“But, in a statement yesterday (Apr. 19) Buhari called for a “full-scale investigation”.
Credit: Fubara David-West, QZ.com, Quartz Africa Weekly Brief —