*Buhari: A Saint And His Band Of Demons*
By Abdulmalik Suleiman
The news of General Muhammadu Buhari emergence as presidential flag
bearer of the leading opposition party in the nation, the All Progressives
Congress (APC) sent reverberations across the political landscape in the
General Buhari with his undying quest to clinch the top job after series of
futile attempt is again angling for a return to power for a second time as
leader of Nigeria and the first time as a civilian president, has become
the trending issue in several political discourse.
Buhari to many represents the epitome of anti-corruption, discipline,
integrity and performance. He is considered the hope of the future
incorruptible breed of Nigeria; the bastion for good governance and the
symbol of a progressive Nigeria.
This faith and belief is predicated on his antecedents as military
president in his first showing as president when he imprisoned hundreds of
well-meaning Nigerians under the guise of corruption; he championed the War
Against Indiscipline (WAI) campaign which under his draconian rule also
locked up many.
However what his hirelings and propagandists who have properly propped the
old soldier to national appeal could not do was to remove the fact that
˜Mr. Perfect still has oil stains on his white *agbada*. His PR
oblivious of certain issues that white-wash propaganda cannot erase; they
have negated the fact that Nigerians have very critical minds.
Buhari, a man widely acclaimed by his supporters to be Nigerian champion of
anti-corruption has been uncovered as a make-belief crusader, who has
succeeded to hoodwink the Nigerian masses into living in his not so
beautiful utopia of Nigeria in the early 80s. It has already been revealed
that this facade of uprightness an incorruptibility is a pawn in his larger
game of chess to make up for his inability to amass wealth in his time as
military head of state just like his co-travellers, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
who led the pack of ex-president's longing to lay their hands on the
* Atiku Abubakar*
Former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has been identified as a
political prostitute and turn-coat politician who has jumped from one
political party to the other “ firstly the Peoples Democratic Party, then
to the Action Congress of Nigeria and then to CPC and now the All
Progressives Congresses (APC). Atiku today is considered a stupendously
wealthy Nigerian who used his position as Vice President to amass wealth
through corrupt activities during Obasanjo administration. However,
during his years in service as customs officer, he was caught smuggling
millions at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, and later left the service
unscathed owing to shenanigans by the Northern Emirate. Same Atiku, holds
the highest record ever of theft of public treasury, while serving as vice
president of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007, with a trail of unsolved
corruption allegations ranging from the Siemens to the harliburton scandals.
Only recently the details of the report of the US Committee on Homeland
Security indicted Abubakar as being responsible for the laundering of over
$40 million (about N6 billion) were released, this corruption czar has
remained an APC financial pillar.
*Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu*
Enter the grand general of corruption and mayor of the entire South-West,
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who has pocketed the whole of South Western
Nigeria. Known for his personal and crude culture of politicking, Tinubu is
widely acknowledged as a corrupt and sneaky politician who cannot be
trusted judging by his ability to deploy his illicit wealth to manipulate
and cause tension in the polity. Tinubu who has annexed the whole of the
North West to become his empire and personal fiefdom is Buhari's right hand
man. Needless to add, same Tinubu was indicted for cocaine, heroin and gun
crimes which cost him $460,000.00 in the early 1990.
As governor, the Asiwaju perfected the art of siphoning local government
accounts for personal gains and allocating juicy contracts to cronies and
proxies in a bid to maintain his firm grip on the state coffers. There are
several unsettled cases of financial graft and abuse of office dangling
over Tinubu neck. Sadly, are these the crop of self-serving cult of
individuals clamoring to lead the country to greatness? Nigerians will not
be subjected to any form terror by this set of characters masquerading as
saints; we shall reject in totality these political jobbers who are only
after the expansion of the business empires.
*Gov Rotimi Amaechi*
Governor Rotimi Amaechi has been on the defensive over the years owing to
his tyrannical political posture. The governor who has acquired sea of
enemies from all political divide, principally among is President Jonathan.
Amaechi has deployed all available state resources to finance his political
aspirations and has rendered Rivers State a beggarly empire.
There are myriads of unsolved corruption cases against the governor; the
Bombardier plane and the famous allegations of illegal acquisition of
Reliance Bank Building (N400 million), Fleet House (N650 million) all on
Olusegun Obasanjo Road, Port Harcourt and other choice buildings in the
highbrow Old GRA of Port Harcourt. Also inclusive is his official Guest
House while serving as speaker.
The phantom mono-rail project in Rivers State only exists as a mirage which
has no corresponding semblance with reality on ground. Further plunging
the Rivers State into debt and penury, Amaechi donated a whopping N17
billion naira to finance the APC campaign. Are these not glaring cases of
wanton abuse of public office? Nigerian will be work to frustrate the
activities of these cohorts.
*Gov Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) *Early this year, there where brickbats between
President Goodluck Jonathan and the Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso
whom Jonathan described as a fraudster for embezzling allowances meant for
party delegates during the 2010 PDP Presidential primaries. Kwankwaso a
rabble-rouser has not failed to expose his lack of commitment towards the
development of the Nigerian State, but would rather chose the path of
fanning the embers of violence by churning out inciting statements at
President Goodluck Jonathan and his government, describing it as inept,
clueless and incompetent. Perhaps suffering from diarrhea of the mouth or
maybe blinded by his inordinate ambition to rule Nigeria by hook or crook,
the governor has done little or nothing to deepen unity among Nigerians
towards peaceful co-existence and harmony.
It instructive to send a clear signal to Nigerians to be wary of the antics
of these self-serving political jobbers. Nigerians should reject this band
of demonic fraternity called the All Progressives Congress in totally come
2015, this collection of Nigerians who hid under the cloak of good
governance, justice and equality do not mean well for the Nigeria masses,
they are a bunch of tired and drowning clique aiming only to further lead
the nation into economic retrogression and poverty. They should be rejected
and made to face the law owing to corruption cases against them.
*Governor Rochas Owelle Okorocha (Imo) *
Since May 29th, 2011, Imo State and her people have been witnessing ˜
Abracadabra™ in government of Governor Rochas Okorocha, where lawlessness,
insecurity, kidnapping , negative and half hazard polices, deceit,
showmanship, lies and falsification, lack of procedure and total neglect to
lay down procedures and heavy debt burden to the incoming administration
has characterized the government.
There are gross allegations of corruption and highhandedness against the
acclaimed people Governor, Rochas Okorocha by concerned Imo State
indigenes, asking plethora of questions hinging on the abuse of office
where huge funds allocated monthly to the 27 local Government areas in Imo
State, and received for disbursement by Imo State Government since May 2011
till Date that is well above N180 Billion has been misappropriated and
nothing has been done with the funds.
There is no gainsaying that Governor Okorocha who never prepared for
governance has ended up destroying Imo State and its economy with his
clueless and inept administration. Today Imo as a state is presently run as
an offshoot of Rochas Foundation with his siblings and in-laws visibly
milking the state dry with impunity. In Imo one man has sold 80% of Imo
state resources including choice lands to himself while 99% of Imolites
wallow in abject and extreme poverty.
We are repeatedly being told that Nigeria is practicing “democracy”. But
what type of democracy is in Imo State in which governor Okorocha refuse to
organize elections into local governments since 2011? Instead, he has, in
contravention of the constitution and the democratic rights of the
electorate, appointed his cronies into “caretaker committees” and they are
running and looting our local council funds with impunity. What a brazen
rape on our democratic rights.
*Former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipre Sylva *
There are myriad of corruption cases hanging over former governor Timipre
Sylva, a staunch APC stalwart, who during his administration engage in
various corrupt and money laundering activities. This APC Chieftain has
been in court severally of which cases are still pending bordering on
allegations of converting huge monies belonging to the State ranging from
N380,000,000.00 (Three Hundred and Eighty Million Naira), N20,000,000.00
(Twenty Million Naira), N50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million Naira), respectively
Timipre Sylva, induced Union Bank, Plc, with the intent to defraud, to
grant an overdraft facility of the sum of N2,000,000,000.00 (Two Billion
Naira) to the Bayelsa State Government under the false pretence of using
the amount to augment salaries of the Bayelsa State Government.
Interestingly, Nigerians keep records of events happening in the polity,
and Sylva graft case is pointer to the makeup of the APC party who are
desirous of ruling the country. Nigerians are saying NO to corrupt
government officials who have nothing meaningful to offer than to further
plunder the country resources.
* Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (Former FCT Minister) *
Mallam Nasir E-Rufai was former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory
who ran the ministry like a shylock landlord. The former minister used his
office to render many Abuja residents homeless, by demolishing house and
re-allocating plots to cronies and friends as a way of political patronage.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission instituted a case against the
Minister during his administration bordering on conspiracy, fraud and gross
abuse of public office. El-Rufai who is currently a chieftain of the
opposition All Progressive Congress Party, APC, connived with the former
Director General of the Abuja Geographical Information Systems, AGIS, Mrs.
Altine Jubril and the former General Manager of the establishment, Ismaila
Iro, and fraudulently allocated several plots of land to his wives,
relatives and between 1999 to 2007.
Recently, the former Minister boldly declared that if elected as governor
of Kaduna State, he will repeat a similar demolition policy in the State.
And we ask; is he truly for or against the masses? Obviously, el-Rufai
means no well for the army of Nigerian who are suffering from housing
deficit. This is a clear case that the APC has nothing to offer Nigerians
than to increase the suffering of the poor masses.
*Former Governor Danjuma Goje (Gombe State) *
Former Governor Danjuma Goje of Gombe is currently a senator of the
Federal Republic, who has spent two terms (a total of eight years) as the
governor of Gombe state. He is among many States governors
characteristically known to divert State resources, security votes for
The Former Governor has severally been guest of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC), for investigation in a large scale looting of
EFCC sources declaring Goje wanted had issued a warrant of arrest over
massive conversion of state fund into personal pockets. More than 70
billion naira ($450 million) in public funds, especially a huge chunk of
Sate security votes was allegedly diverted to personal coffers. Sources
said more revelations are being compiled about Goje financial
mismanagement of State funds during his tenure as Gombe state governor.
The question begging for answers now is, are these the kind of people that
Nigerians can trust to lead and direct the country on the path of
sustainable economic growth and development? Hell No “ we reject them!!
Abdulmalik Suleiman is community development agent and advocate on national
issues, contributed this piece from 15, Daura Road, Katsina, Katsina State.
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