Nigeria News: The Privileged Looters And Killers
Nigeria News takes a look at the spate of killings and lootings in the present administration despite the campaign against corruption.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that it will be unfair to him if President Muhammadu Buhari is elected for the second term. Jonathan wants Buhari to be swept away the same way he was swept away in 2015 when he lost the presidential polls.
Unarguably, the set-up that played out prior to the 2015 election has dominated the present government of the All Progressives Congress.
In 2014, over 200 pupils of the Government College Chibok, Borno State were kidnapped by Boko Haram and their abduction became a latitude for the APC and Buhari to convince Nigerians that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP lacked the capacity to provide security for the country.
The herdsmen killings in some of the parts of the country are enough to vote out President Buhari but it seems Nigerians, mostly from the north will still go ahead to elect him for the second term, unlike Jonathan whose second term was truncated over its failure to curb terrorism.
Yes, the PDP diverted the funds meant for security to electioneering campaign and paid dearly for it. The $2.1 billion arms funds approved and released to take care of the Boko Haram was diverted by the Office of the National Security Adviser, under Col. Sambo Dasuki to politicking.
After the PDP’s eventual loss to APC, Buhari’s government declared war against public funds looters, most of whom are members of the PDP and their civil servants’ allies.
Billions of money were recovered while the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC had continued to investigate the alleged looters. Recently, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed released a list of looters, many of whom are from the opposition party.
Not that there are no members of the Buhari’s cabinet that have been alleged of corruption. There are a few of them in Buhari’s cabinet, including the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, the former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador A. Oke. Both had since been sacked by the government.
The reabsorption of the former head of the Presidential Team on Pension Scheme, Abdulrasheed Maina into the federal civil service despite that the EFCC had declared him wanted was a grave sin committed by Buhari’s administration.
A thorough investigation showed that Maina’s reinstatement into the civil service was the handiwork of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) but since the pension chief was removed, the government had kept mute on what to do with the other perpetrators in the scandalous reinstatement.
President Buhari was accused of clannishness by former President Olusegun. He told him to address all corruption allegations irrespective of party affiliation or ethnic bias.
It seems that cabals have permeated themselves in Buhari’s admiration and have succeeded in covering their sins. In fact, it only takes members of the opposition party to cross to APC to erase corruption allegation against them.
A very good example is the former Governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu who is being investigated by the EFCC for alleged money laundering. He defected to APC and his case stopped immediately. A few weeks ago, the former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu-Sheriff defected from PDP to APC despite various insinuations that he might have hands in the abduction of Chibok girls.
Herdsmen killings have saturated some parts of the country, yet no member of the Cattle Breeders Association, the Mayetti Allah has been arrested. At this period, it seems a herder has the freedom to kill. In this administration, it seems a corrupt cabinet member has the privilege to loot.