Monday, 27 July 2015

THE BIG STORY FROM NIGERIA


The reports you are about to read below exposed the foolishness and narrow mindedness of some gullible but knowledgeable Nigerians who knew what the Ex-President Jonathan tolerated but they chose to defend him. The reports were written by a great Reporter from a Nigerian Newspaper called the 'SUN' and with the names Ebere Wabara.
NIGERIA'S THIEVING MINISTERS


"SOMEWHAT, plomb, I had always be­lieved that the Goodluck Jonathan administration was the worst in corruption rating the country has ever had under a civilian leadership. Transparency International by its reportage of our country’s corruption profile on a global reckoning erased any modicum of doubt or uncertainty I may have developed. I had never believed any regime would be as bad as the Second Republic National Party of Nigeria (NPN) let alone surpassing the official banditry record of that time.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remains the worst political association Nigeria has had and may ever have. Everything about it was just ignominable and was (yes, it is gradually becoming history hence my deliberate usage of the past tense) reckless and deviantly unscrupulous with our national patri­mony. God will never allow us to experienced such a callous group populated mostly by devilish kleptomaniacs, some of whom have ended up in the hallowed Chambers of the Senate after yet another round of electoral theft.
This is not to say, however, that the other political parties—defunct or existing—were/are not almost as bad as the PDP. The only difference, for instance, is that the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not have the same level of impunity and unconscionable banditry adrenalin. In terms of membership and individualistic records, both organisations are peopled by the same characters united be vaulting personal desires aggregated on unique platforms that have nothing to do with self-dignity, propriety or the common good of their followers.

In other words, no political party mem­ber should gloat over anything credible whether in the oppositional frame or currency of rulership.The truth of the matter, which nobody can contradict, is that the APC has as many corrupt politicians as the PDP, if not more! For most people, the ony ray of hope is the impeccable nature of Buhari. Remove President Buhari and it would be a thin line between the PDP and the APC, most especially in the absence of profound and enduring ideologies.

The only assurance I have is that with the sterling personage of President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria is on a redemptive thrust, by the grace of God. It can no longer be business as usual. Everyone has to sit up. It was God’s inter­vention that threw up Buhari.I do not agree that his emergence was a function of pressure on the electoral pro­cess that foreclosed anything contrary, as declared by President Buhari in Washington DC, USA, last week. I cannot imagine what this country would have become if Dr. Jonathan had returned.

Last Wednesday during his visit to the USA, President Buhari declared to the world that ministers and other govern­ment officials in the immdiate-past administration stole one million barrels of oil daily! You wonder how much is left for the nation in the sordid circumstance. The situation is so bad that a national newspaper in reporting the magnitude of the matter emotively used “looting” and “stealing” contemporaneously without caring a hoot about etymological abuse! The thievishness is better captured in President Buhari’s words: “We are now looking for evidences of shipping some of our crude, their destination and where and which accounts where the monies are being kept.

“When we get as much as we can get as soon as possible, we would approach those countries to freeze those accounts and go to court, prosecute those people and let the accounts be taken to Nigeria.“250,000 barrels per day of Nigerian crude are being stolen and people sell and put the money into individual accounts.The amount of money is mind-boggling but we have started getting documents.“We have started getting documents where some of the senior people in government, former minis­ters, some of them had as much as five accounts and were moving about one million barrel per day on their own.

“We have started getting those documents. Whichever documents we are able to get and subsequently trace the sale of the crude or transfer of money from ministries, departments and the Central Bank, we will ask for the co­operation of those countries to return those monies to the federation accounts and we will use those documents to arrest those people and prosecute them. This, I promise Nigerians.

“A lot of damage has been done to the integrity of Nigeria with individuals and institutions already and institutions already compromised”.I am sure that the intractable challenge of man­aging the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which is the bed­rock and engine room of corruption in the sector, will soon be sanitised with the second coming of President Buhari. It is unfortunate that past governments skirted around it and allegedly benefitted from the looting spree hence their incapacitation. With the man in the saddle now, that is unthinkable.

The corporation unwittingly has be­come a parallel government with so much crude money that its management has no regard for due process, the country’s laws and peculiarities. Over the years, so much had been expected of the NNPC with nothing to cheer about.The time has come for the Economic and Financial Cimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-graft agencies to close in on the NNPC and other federal institutions neck-deep in sharp practices of monumental proportions. Nigerians must synergize on the hot chase after oil thieves and other scammers.

They have collectively pauperized those of us outside the corridors of pow­er. The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) must discover its groove as the EFCC has just begun to rediscover its own even if sluggishly.Cleansing of the Augean stables should be extended to the national legislature where some immediate-past governors who could not pay workers’ salaries are now positioning themselves for the leadership of the National Assembly.

I plead with President Buhari to expedite action on apprehending the thievish ex-ministers and to extend his search­light to other institutions and democratic organs, particularly state independent electoral commissions where immediate-past governors made a bazaar of polls that culminated in the enthronement of their puppets. With President Buhari, all forms of official roguishness have ended"

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