In 1996, when Jose Maria Aznar became the Prime Minister of Spain, the country was ranked among the poorest in Europe.
Weighed down by the home grown separatists, deteriorating economy and penetrating poverty, Spain was not in the competition within Europe.
However, within a space of five years, Aznar made the difference. He turned around the economy of Spain, and effectively curtailed the activities of terrorists in the Basque region. At a point in time, the Gross Domestic Product(GDP) of Spain was more than those of Canada and Russia.
Spain regained its frontline position in Europe, while its citizens had a refreshing new lease of life, for the period it lasted.
With this as a background, the present administration in Nigeria has since its inception on May 29th, 2015, focused on corrupt elements outside the corridors of power.
Curiously, happenings have indicated that no political office holder either former or serving, who belongs to the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) has come under the searchlight of the anti-graft agency-the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC). The EFCC has been ferocious, in its hunt for those in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). Blackmail, intimidation and threats are now tools in the hands of those with the wherewithal, to whip dissenting voices to submission.
Of worry, is the visible signs of corruption that are present in every nook and cranny of most states of the Federation.
A dangerous method on parade presently, is the public indictment of targeted passt or serving politically exposed persons, in a bid to frighten them to part ways with their political ambitions. Also of note, is the existence of the ‘untouchables’, these are the individuals who bankrolled the present administration to power.
Out of self preservation, those indicted and the ‘untouchables’, support the ‘status quo’, while their ‘wrong doings’ are discreetly, swept under the carpet. Among the lot are ‘spoilers’ and thos co-opted to mislead the citizenry.
With this as the latest template, the present administration, as could be observed from happenings, has continuously exhibited its inability to be sincere in its fight against corruption in the land.
Sadly, Nigeria might not be able to follow the path of Spain, as long as identified corrupt persons remain in Government and are vigorously shielded from prosecution.
As Nigerians continue to knock the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration’s elective fight against corruption, the spiritual head and founder of Shafaudeen worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, in this interview with Federationews2day, says that the present administration’s corruption fight, has the traces of the corrupt class who funded its emergence. Excerpts:
Nigerians are expressing worries over the present administration’s continued selective corruption war, what do you think is wrong ?
It is unfortunate that the All Progressives Congress(APC) was formed on the basis of looking for credible people, they were able to get that in President Muhammadu Buhari, but how to win the election depended mainly on who could fund the party. Unfortunattely, most of those people, who have the strenght to do it, belong to the corrupt class of the nation. It happened in Singapore, when Lee Kuan Yew wanted to moun the reign of power, he had nothing, but was sponsored by those who had amassed ill gotten wealth. Fortunately for them they were able to have a memorandum of Understnading(MOU) and they agreed with him, to suppor the cause of sanitizing the country in order that Singapore would be great again . That was how they were able to have their way. Singapore today, is a country that competes with the developed world, but in the case of Nigeria, the same scenario of change is not in play. Unfortunately, the big wigs in the pary are not ready to, let go of their ill gotten wealth.
At a time the President became ill, the illness was not natural, it was not, from God. And that is why he cried out. When you fight corruption, corruption may want to fight back. If not for God, the illness would have c onsumed him and that would have been to the advantage of the cabal and cartel, who would have returned to their free meal of ill-gotten wealth,amidst the turbulence surrounding this Government of President Buhari. Despite the fact that he survived the death threat and fire, his manliness began to fail him into mortgaging his conscience.
By now, dily dallying with the cabal, in taking some decisions, most especiallt the delayed ones. It is unfortunate, that his people are not helping him to succeed in the anti-corrution war, because they are damned to many and too powerful. Unfortunately, nobody wants to die again for the antion. A comparative analysis of Nigeria and some other nations, shows Nigeria as a nation that has failed the test of corporate governance, leading us into the stage of building strong individuals, rather than strong institutions.
The President of Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle has advised President Muhammadu Buhari, to, in the first instance, deal with his appointees who are corrupt, before he takes the fight to other places.
Rev. Ayokunle made this call in a chat with Journalists at the 12th convocation of Bowen University, Iwo in Osun State.
“We need to caution the President in particular that the fight against corruption may not be too far away from around him. Those hands that are not right around him, he should be courageous enough to deal with them.
“The signs that we are seeing, because we are not babies, the hand writing that we are seeing is that he has to, first of all, he should deal with the corrupt persons around him before he will be able to deal with those in distant places. He is doing a good job in that area but he must do more”, Rev Ayokunle concluded.
I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.
In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.
In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analysed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.
Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.
Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance. I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.
This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.
The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse. The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart.
Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.
Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.
Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes, in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.
Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of; economic security, political evolution and integration as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.
I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.”
Thank you and may God bless our dear Nation.
It is imperative President Muhammadu Buhari completes his four year tenure to avoid national instability.
This assertion was made in a statement by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Chief Charles Udo Udeogaranya.
”Nigeria needs president Buhari to be well and alive to conduct the 2019 general elections successfully and hand over power peacefully or otherwise, oversee any major restructuring that National Assembly members may approve”.
“This is imperative, in order to avoid national instability that may crack the centre due to the high level of hopelessness among many Nigerians who have totally given up on governments at various levels”.
“I continue to plead with all Nigerians not to give up on Nigeria as I see hope for a better Nigeria 2019 ”.
Chief Udeogaranya lamented that healthcare delivery in the country was in a sorry state saying ”“We all are aware that infrastructure wise, particularly on medical services, Nigeria lags way behind other countries of the world and therefore it would be safe to say that anyone demanding the president to return to Nigeria hurriedly is not wishing him well.
“We all are aware that infrastructure wise, particularly on medical services, Nigeria lags way behind other countries of the world and therefore it would be safe to say that anyone demanding the president to return to Nigeria hurriedly is not wishing him well ”, he concluded.
A Federal High court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Federal Government to make public the names of high profile public office holders who have forfeited public funds to the government.
The court also ordered the Government to disclose the the exact amount recovered and the circumstance leading to the recovery.
This was the judgement on Wednesday of Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari in a Freedom of Information suit number: FHC/CS/964/2016 filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).
Justice Shagari noted that ” “the Federal Government has a legally binding obligations to tell Nigerians the names of all suspected looters of the public treasury past and present”.
In addition, Justice Shagari granted the undermentioned reliefs:
A DECLARATION that by virtue of the provisions of Section 4 (a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2011, the Defendants are under a binding legal obligation to provide the Plaintiff with up to date information relating to the following:
To widely disseminate including on a dedicated website information about the names of high ranking public officials from whom public funds were recovered since May 2015
The circumstances under which stolen public funds were returned
SERAP is now processing a certified true copy of the judgment.
Nigerians have been called upon to desist from embarking on negative prayers against President Muhamadu Buhari who is presently, recuperating in a London hospital.
This call was made by the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), Oluyole Local Government, Ibadan, Oyo state Nigeria Chaplain(Evangelist)E.A Babalola, who also doubles as the Commandant General, Royal Chaplain Global Mission in a chat with Federationews2day in Ibadan, Nigeria.
”So, what Nigerians have to do ow, is to encourage President Muhammadu Buhari and to pray for him to have good health, in order for him to fulfill the destiny God has placed on him for Nigeria. So, what the President needs now,is not devilish prayers against his life, the prayers he needs now, are prayers to preserve his life, prayers for healing, prayers for good health and prayers for long life. It is not a matter for religion, but a matter of service to our fatherland”.
Chaplain(Evangelist) Babalola condemned those on negative prayers against the President, saying ”that is to show how wicked people can be, nobody owns anybody’s life, it is only God that owns life, and nobody can kill, unless God permits it. if it is not ordained for the President to die at this time, no amount of prayers that they will pray against him will come to pass, because there is a purpose why God brought him in to be President at this particular time and everybody is vulnerable to fall sick, he is a man and he is of age, the job of presiding a nation is not a small job, the load of a nation is a very heavy one. So for him to be thinking of Nigeria is enough for him as an old man”.