Hypocrisy And Transparency In Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Policy
Nigeria News take a look at the fight against corruption under Buhari, the hypocrisy and its transparency.
Undoubtedly, the current regime of President Muhammadu Buhari has exposed the corruptions of the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
It has recovered billion dollars of looted funds and prosecuted public and private officers liable for some of the corrupt practices, which include money laundering, money stashing and of course the illegal acquisition of properties with public funds by public officers.
It is also true that almost all those found culpable of corruption are still walking freely on the streets as their prosecution continues by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other anti-graft agencies.
Some have paid parts of what they looted, which of course showed that they actually committed the offence they were alleged of.
Several properties of some public officers, including the wife of the former president, Patience Jonathan and the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Maduake were seized by the Federal Government on the allegation that they were acquired with stolen funds.
Buhari had become very popular both home and abroad in his fight against corruption.
However, lately, his public rating on corruption has been dwindling. Buhari’s approach towards alleged involvement of his public officers in corrupt practices has not been decisive.
Perhaps that was why a senator representing Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sani, once said that the president always treated cases of corruption that involved the executive with deodorant but others with insecticide.
It took President Buhari eternity to agree that one of his cabinet members, the sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. David Babachir Lawal was involved in misappropriation of about N300 billion.
A Senate committee headed by Sani had cried out loud that Lawal had used his company’s name to divert some money meant for the welfare of the Internally Displaced Persons to his personal account.
The SGF argued that the money was approved for grass cutting but after a thorough investigation, Lawal was suspended and the story had since been swept under the carpet.
It took President Buhari weeks to set up an investigative committee to look at the allegation against Lawal and another public officer, the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ola Oke who stashed about N13 billion in an Ikoyi residence.
The president travelled abroad for medicals shortly after the committee, headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was set up.
Osinbajo while acting as the president eventually axed the two public officers. He also ordered the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole to suspend the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof Usman Yusuf over an allegation of fraud.
Yesterday, Adewole extended the suspension of Yusuf to allow EFCC concludes its investigation.
Asides these public officers, the Senate had raised the alarm against the acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu on issues bordering on conduct and extravagant life. The president is unbending over the appointment of Magu.
There is also an allegation against the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris that the police boss has impregnated a female colleague and that his financial status should be queried by EFCC.
Mr President is not bothered, thus confirming Sani’s assertion that Buhari hardly treats allegation of corruption against his appointees.
Before it will be swept under the carpet, the recent allegation against the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru is what the public will like President Buhari to address with urgency.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu had alleged that Baru awarded contracts of about $25 billion without approval and that the GMD NNPC had been acting against legal and official procedures of the NNPC board inaugurated by Buhari himself.
He was invited to the ASO Villa on Friday where he had a closed-door meeting with the president. Since then, Kachikwu has kept mum.