Nigeria News takes a look at the manner at which President Muhammadu Buhari is handling some allegations of corruption.
A boss once told me never to campaign for Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in 2014. He was ready to sack me because of my love for the former military Head of State.
To keep my job, I stopped discussing Buhari in office but inside my cubicle, I wrote several articles to sell the former head of state. My boss told me how he suffered as an undergraduate during the Buhari’s military regime between 1983 and 1985.
He narrated how Buhari’s government suddenly increase the tuition fee and the cost of the meal for students in federal universities. He told me how his parents began to queue to buy sugar and foodstuff under the government War Against Indiscipline.
My boss narrated how many high ranked civil servants from the western and eastern parts of the country were compulsorily retired and replaced with unprofessional just to set northern agenda in motion.
Since then, civil service was destroyed and the country had been battling to recover from the mess, he said. I was not convinced by his argument because I was tired of the government of the former President Goodluck Jonathan that was busy looting public fund and ruling with impunity.
I preached change, campaign vigorously using social and traditional media to sell Muhammadu Buhari. The general won the 2015 election but after almost three years, I know more about the president and I can say now that I am wiser.
My boss saw the future from the past. I have said this because of the events that have beclouded the present administration in the last three years.
The allegation of clannishness against the president is becoming more visible and real every day. It was the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani that first raised this that Buhari always treats members of his cabinet with deodorant and others with insecticide over corruption issues.
The president, to me, pretends to know little about the procedure when corruption is levied against his clans. He has undermined the capability of some of his ministers to save the skin of his allies.
When the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu raised the allegation of financial misappropriation of some contracts against the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, the president pretended as if he knew nothing about it.
It took him an eternity to invite the duo. He ensured that the alleged corruption was subverted and replaced with flimsy excuses of poor government procedure.
Buhari later ordered that the two should work together harmoniously while the allegation was never investigated.
As the Kachikwu/Baru saga was going down, the news that a fugitive wanted by the EFCC, former Chairman of the Presidential Team on Pension Reform, Abdul Rasheed Maina had been reinstated to the civil service rented the air.
It was sure that President Buhari had hands in the reinstatement, following revelations by the Head of Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita. The woman confessed how she sought Buhari’s audience on the implication of Maina’s reinstatement.
The mastermind of the whole saga, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN) is still looming large in the cabinet.
Despite the call by the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay that he should resign. Sagay advised Buhari to order the investigation of Malami over Maina’s reinstatement but nothing was done to it.
While this may look mild, the president dealt a dirty slap on the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole a few days ago when he recalled the suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Professor Usman Yusuf.
Yusuf was alleged to have involved in an N919 million fraud by the ministry of health. A committee was set up, which has its report submitted to the president a few days ago.
With the belief that he had gone through the report, Buhari refused to carry Professor Adewole along again but called him on the phone that Yusuf had henceforth been reinstated and that both should work harmoniously.
What an absurdity and breaking of official procedure. And what is the difference between what President Buhari has done and corruption? It is the time the president stop this “Go and sin no more” policy if truly his government is sincere about fighting corruption.