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Nigerian Government Cannot Prosecute Subsidy Thieves

04/05/12

Nigerian Government Cannot Prosecute Subsidy Thieves

*Nigerian Government Cannot Prosecute Subsidy Thieves

-Masterweb Reports (Submission By Obinna Akukwe)

There has been clamor from various concerned and patriotic sources that the few privileged Nigerians who cornered over I trillion naira($7billion dollars) belonging to the Nigerian people in the name of subsidy be brought to book. There is equally hope that the ongoing probe of fraud in the pensions industry, financial securities industry and other malicious avenues of siphoning state resources be brought to book. I am part of those hoping that a transformational miracle will occur that will bring them to book. This is illogical optimism, based, not on precedence, but on wishful thinking. There are many reasons President Goodluck Jonathan cannot prosecute subsidy and other thieves.

The first reason is situated in the personality of the man Goodluck Jonathan. President Goodluck does not do anything unless he is pushed to do so. He was literarily convinced to assume the post of Acting Governor when Alamaeseigha was having problems with the Metropolitan Police. During the Yaradua Presidency illness saga, he was pushed to assume the constitutional position of Acting President. President Goodluck initially set out to reform the PDP, using the then national chairman, Okwesilieze Nwodo, but when the state governor under PDP kicked against it , he jettisoned the idea . Even in the case of the fleeing former Governor Sylva of Bayelsa State, the people behind the political suffocation of Sylva led by King Turner , had to tail President Goodluck until he finished the Sylva demolition project. The push for the subsidy, pension, securities commission and other thieves to be prosecuted is still weak and cannot yet move this Goodluck. This is situated in the fact that from the time of Farida Waziri the graft commission have been a front office department of the presidency and can only prosecute when the presidency gives clearance. This clearance is likely not to come from this Goodluck.

The second reason the subsidy thieves cannot be prosecuted is that part of the proceeds from these thievery went into prosecuting the 2011 presidential elections. Oil magnets, political associates, contractors and others where used to bring out huge sums for the project and when the presidential project was done with, they refused to surrender the pot from where they were drinking the oil. Therefore to ask President Goodluck to prosecute those who mobilized state resources to help him during elections and deliver him from what would have been a Buhari- Tinubu alliance or an unpredictable runoff election is a wishful thinking.

The third reason is that if these oil thieves goes down they will drag the ruling party with them because they will expose the beneficiaries of all the fraud in the system, therefore the Nigerian government will do everything to frustrate the prosecution.

During the regime of Yaradua , and as immaterialist as the late president, he found it difficult to surrender the former Governor of Delta State to the graft commission for prosecution. This is because the former governor sponsored a substantial part of the late president’s election. When the Metriopolitan police decided to try Ibori for money laundering in 1998, the late president sent the Attorney General of the whole Nigeria, giant of Africa to ask the London police to hands off the matter. The attorney General wrote the Metropolitan Police that Nigerian money is not missing n that Ibori has no case to answer. ( Continues below….. )

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During the era of General Abdulsalami Abubakar and after the death of MKO Abiola , Babangida preferred Olusegun Obasanjo to Olu Falae as president despite the fact that Olu Falae served him both as Secretary to the Federal Government and later as Minister of Finance. This is because Babangida believes that an Obasanjo presidency would likely shield him from prosecution as a reward for helping him ascend the Nigerian throne ,while Falae, already the choice of the progressives, would likely be adamant. Obasanjo rewarded the Babangida assistance by ensuring that the Dr Pius Okigbo report on the mismanagement of the gulf oil windfall was not implemented, and when the heat became too much , they connived to remove the document from every public record.

During the 2003 presidential election especially after the parliamentary elections, there was a rapport between Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu and Muhammadu Buhari that in the event of a runoff election, APGA and ANPP will form an alliance. Ojukwu demanded an end to the incessant killings of Igbos,and infrastructural development of the South East as conditions for supporting Buhari. Obasanjo got wind of the alliance and turned the rest of the election into a shameful allocation of votes to ensure the runoff never was. In 2007 the northern elites demanded immunity from prosecution before they can support Buhari as president. In 2011 the northern mediators wanted immunity from prosecution and the ACN wanted the Vice Presidential slot which was suspected they wanted to hand over to Tinubu. While Buhari accepted the then conditions of Odumegwu Ojukwu without hesitation, he rejected that of the northern elders and the ACN so that he will have the freedom to act according to his conscience. A lot of people called him rigid, uncompromising and a bad business man. Now we have a dynamic, flexible, smiling and good business savvy President and we are complaining about the results of compromise.

Olusegun Obasanjo refused to surrender Ibrahim Babangida for prosecution. Yaradua refused to surrender Ibori for prosecution, on which basis are Nigerians hoping that President Goodluck will be different. It is simply expecting too much from him where his godfathers dared not.

The best we can get from these probes is information, and this information will be handy in the days of revolution, or social unrest or even war. The information and the shock of the disclosures of fraud is being stored in the subconscious of Nigerians and will be handy at the appropriate time. The other gain is that the recent probes have made the next set of looters to be a bit careful. That bit of carefulness on their part can translate to lots of billions of dollars in saved funds hitherto opened for embezzlement. Those making noise that President Goodluck should prosecute the thieves would be disappointed at the crash of their optimism.

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5 comments

Comment from: Osa [Visitor]
OsaWhen will Nigeria grow up?
04/06/12 @ 09:43
Comment from: adebanjo adewale [Visitor]
adebanjo adewalethis is a very good article, but there is nothing we can do to the junta than leaving them to face the wrath of Almighty God.They have failed many generations in the country by their ill fated action
04/06/12 @ 10:54
Comment from: Ugoh cosy ugochukwu Mr. [Visitor]
Ugoh cosy ugochukwu Mr.It's difficult for me not to agree with this masterweb reporter considering all that has happened so far in my beloveth fatherland, Nigeria. Revolution or war i do not see happening because our people are too conscious to stay alife even in penury. I personally haven't lost hope on the President"s capability to do the right thing but he can only do that if he take his creator as his Godfather. finally all of us has to contribute to the rebuilding and rebranding of that country by becoming disciplined and cultured.
04/06/12 @ 13:47
Comment from: Osa [Visitor]
OsaWhen at the inaugural speech, President Jonathan said good times have finally come to the people, many wonder if this was a departure from the super corrupt era of OBASANJO. The man who felt 8yrs of hardship was not enough, he wanted four more years, to finish it all. Jonathan was another hope from three contestants, but little did the nation realized people like Annenih will counsel him to keep things the PDP way, and Obasanjo floating in the shadow of aso rock. Janathan appears determined to do the right thing, but he will end up leaving a legacy of the like of Obasanjo and others before him. No nation that was not built on god fatherism, but they did not operate with impunity as the ignobles in Nigeria. They put the National interest first and foremost, and project are completed with accountability. To embezle total money alocated for any project and nobody raised a whisper, that is not how America became great. That is not how Japan or Europe became great, they put the national interest first. Imagine Japan after the sunami, it is like nothing happened, but Haiti remains in ruine, with the leaders embezling all donation for personal gain. That is the legacy of all African nations, the laughing stock of the world, with economic refugee flooding nations all over the world when people like OBASANJO and BABANGIDA have the lot that could be allocated to 10 million Nigerian. Otta farm is not progressive for Nigeria, it was built by stolen money that could hae put food on 7million table and send their children to school. One day just one day, the Lord will raised up a leader who will ask for accountability to a thousand generation, in the Ghana way. There is still hope for Jonathan to keep what he has promised, but with the PDP no good on his shoulder, the hope remains slim. If you allows your campaign to be so corrupted as ascrbed in the article, you have leverage to persecute. God help Nigeria, in their perseverance in the tense atmosphere of kidnapping and insecurity created by Obasabjo and Babanjida and the host of others.
04/06/12 @ 16:18
Comment from: Abdulkadir Mohammed Song [Visitor]
Abdulkadir Mohammed SongLet me start by saying that it has been long that I have not read an article in our national dailies that is so comprehensive, rational, and so meaningful as this one. More grease to your elbows Mr Obinna. Even with this, you have fought your war. However, does that means that the death of Gani has totaly ended the roles played by progressive activists. Why are they silent? This is the time we need you the must.
04/06/12 @ 18:27

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