TIME TO SUPPORT PRIVATE FUNERAL FOR DEATH OF “COMMON SENSE” IN NIGERIA.
Every patriotic Nigerians are bound to be concerned about the future of the nation as well as its people; when everything goes well it becomes a thing of joy. When it is otherwise it becomes a thing of worry and concern. Sadly what makes Nigeria respectable in the committee of Nation has been continually threatened and thus call for concern and intervention to wrong the rights.
Few days ago, the Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka had vowed to hold a private funeral on January 20th, the day the United States President Elect, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of USA.
Donald Trump campaign rhetoric had been very demeaning to blacks, especially Nigerian, whom he severally insulted along with their Head of state.
While many Africans reacted to the demeaning insults of Donald Trump, the Nobel laureate was not excluded. He was vehemently against Donald Trumps emergence, knowing fully well the implications for Africans. His reactions were terse and far reaching. The Nobel laureate threaten to destroy his American Green card following the election of Mr. Trump, vowing that he will have nothing to do with his politics, but would instead be to the death of common sense among Nigeria, considering the controversy and criticism that arose from Soyinka’s threat.
Since that pronouncement, we saw different and regrettably unwarranted attacks on the person and reputation of the Nobel Laureate, which say the least is non warranted.
Most of the Nigerians who attacked him on the social media, still went ahead to urge him not to renege on his pledge to discard his green card.
Before proceeding further, it is pertinent to note here that Prof. Wole Soyinka never asked for a green card in the first place, as it was given to him by President Jimmy Carter, to provide asylum to him during the struggle against the military dictatorship in Nigeria and the fight for the realization of the June 12th mandate that lead to his exile in the 1990s.
The green card was not given as a result of his desire for pleasure or businesses, but as a product of his struggle to snatch the soul of the nation from rapacious military forces that was bent on destroying the nation then.
It is a clear fact that Nigeria Nation has been under the degradation of rampaging military dictatorship in the 1990s and much earlier, forces of division, corruption, ethnicity and nepotism.
Some of these factors have been responsible for the challenges the nation went through in the past and even in the present. One of such was the case of civil war in the past and Boko Haram and corruption in the present.
While these were on, Professor Wole Soyinka was an active change agent to address these myriads of problems that confronted the nation then. The professor has no doubt earned his honour and stripes in the service of the nation. He it was who risked his life at a very young age to prevent the outbreak of the civil war in Nigeria, it will therefore be wrong to continue to attack, degrade the Nobel Laureate for his present stance. The question is, where were these critics when he stood against several cases of injustices in the past? Where were the critics when Soyinka’s struggles contributed to the emergence of the present democratic order and further cry for restructuring and true federalism? Where were them when the Nobel Laureate risked his life and comfort to ensure Nigerians enjoys freedom of Association and expression. His literary impacts to Africa has been tremendous, his solid contributions to national and African pride has been second to none.
Despite his desires to see Nigeria great, the reverse has been the case, retrogression, suffering, under-development; corruption has become the nation’s badge of honour and symbol of identification and loathsomeness all over the world. Insecurity, religious intolerance, Nepotism continue to threaten the nation’s march to progress and greatness, pushing us far behind nations like Dubai, Brazil, Singapore, China; some of the nations we were ahead of before and who looks up to us.
Much as nations partner for development, it is only good that such partnership be positively reciprocal, Nigeria got that bargain with China and many other nation, but can not be said of America.
Any patriotic Nigerians will be concerned about disrespect for Nigeria by any country, no matter how powerful, and each one shows the concern in different ways - including the threat to discard the green card of America.
Even as the Nobel laureate is angry with the voting of Donald Trump, a hater of Africans, he expected solidarity from Nigerians towards his patriotic decision, in expression of his reservation over certain issues.
In the past, he had destroyed his national medal during a protest at the Race Course (also known as Tafawa Balewa Square) in Lagos during a protest he undertook with late Tai Solarin.
The Nobel Laureate reactions was certainly inform by the rhetoric against the integrity of the Nigeria’s abroad and at home, pointing us in a demeaning light.
Any people or nation worth their integrity will certainly not take such an unwarranted insults on Nigeria by Trump lightly. Nigerians certainly does not deserve such an assault, considering many honest and hardworking Nigerians contributing their quota to the development of America. The insult of Donald Trump on Muslims and Islam is equally non deserving and we strongly object to it.
Thus, one can understand the pains and reactions of Soyinka who had vowed to mourn the death of Nigeria Common Sense.
Sadly, there had indeed been a death of common sense in Nigeria; consequently many Nigerians are comfortable with injustices, bad governance, Nepotism of government, without any desire to raise a revolt or protest.
There is certainly a death of common sense in Nigeria as the conscience of the youth of the nations is at peace with materialism and the rat race or get rick quick syndrome in the polity.
If Donald Trump can so insult Nigerians without an atom of protest or response from any sector of the once vibrant civil society organization then the common sense is completely dead in Nigeria.
The common sense here is a sense of responsibility to governance and the governed. The death of common sense is to feign docility in the face of an assault verbal or physical. It is a death that has given Nigerians a bad reputations and source of taunt internationally.
When the majority of the society decides to keep mute in the face of impunity and tyranny, indeed, there is death of common sense.
This must not be allowed to continue endlessly. Corruption in the polity has been the main cause of insecurity, terrorism and Boko Haran phenomenon in the polity. It is also as a result of the debasement of our family and national values-keeping asides what united us together as a people for what divide us apart.
Instead of Nigerians truly celebrating a theater of the absurd by acidic and acerbic criticism of Nobel laureate, we ought to be mourning how far we have derailed as a nation and people.
If an octogenarian can be much concern about the future of Nigeria than the youths ho are the future of tomorrow, it speaks sad volume of how far we as a people have got it wrong and railroad from the desirables.
We must not continue to trivialize everything for sensationalism, there must be a strict response to this level of sloppy waywardness to which the abuse of common sense has been subjected to. When he takes such an action, one expected an avalanche of support from Nigerians not vulgar expressions of frustrations occasion by poverty inflicted by bad leadership.
Common sense is not selling our responsibility, honour and identity for America; it is not sacrificing our core values for assault of an intemperate president Trump.
If we must gain our respectability in the committee of nation, then is time to reawaken our sense of common sense.
By so doing, we would evolve a new and positive reputation and branding that will prompt massive global respectability and investment flow into Nigeria.
By so doing, we will deepen our democracy, strengthen our human right commitment, promote transparency in governance, and sustain free, fair and credible election and national stability.
We must be concern about the absence of common sense in Nigeria and work hard to restore our dignity, unity, sense of future. To refuse to do that is to succumb to second colonization; is to acknowledge the inferiority of the black race to the white and is to indeed say Wole Soyinka may go blazes for daring to make a move that intends to protect our dignity.
I therefore urge you for a collective forum or platform to celebrate the death of “common sense” in Nigeria and to advocate for it reawakening and resurgence-for national interest.
Comrade Bature Johnson.
TIME TO SUPPORT PRIVATE FUNERAL FOR DEATH OF “COMMON SENSE” IN NIGERIA.
every Nigeria must be recognized as Nigerian citizen irrespective of their residence'or; tribe ,color ,religion,ethnics,Jan 102017
CITIZEN-SETTLER CHALLENGES: IMPLICATION FOR NIGERIA DEVELOPMENT
The utmost desire and aspiration of Nigerians is to see that their beloved country grows and develop in leaps and bounds. Regrettably, this desire is hampered by series of challenges; one of which is the issue of citizen-settler syndrome. Today, one of the most disturbing trends in the polity today is the issue of indigene-settler syndrome, a sad situation where places of origin are designed to give strategic advantage to those who wield this weapon of mischief.
If Nigeria is to achieve the so much desirous integration, it must properly deemphasize the issue of indigene/citizen-settler syndrome.
It is needed to understand and appreciate the issue of citizen with respect to settler situation.
The term “citizen” typically refers to any person who owes allegiance to a sovereign state and there by receives certain afforded legal status and certain rights. No connection to the area or land is required and those born outside of the country can often apply to become citizen.
Some nations even allow people to become dual citizen, where they are considered legal citizen of more than one nation. Indigene ship also means a person is indigenous to the area and shears an ancestral links to the land. In some nation, those with indigene ship get preferential treatment over the citizen, including the extensive rights to run for office and to participate in certain ceremonies.
The word “Indigene” has no place in the nations constitutions. There is no explicit or implicit definition of indigene. The word ‘indigene ‘use to qualify a citizen of Nigeria whose tribes is “native” to a given territory, cannot be referred to as an “Indigene” as widely abused and distorted in Nigerians to segregate and discriminate the other Nigerians living in state or local Government where their lives are not “Indigenous” to that given area.
In a sense, an “indigene” is only an “older settler” of a particular sociocultural space, while a “settler” is a more recent occupier of the same space.
The word “settler” referred to a citizen whose tribe is regarded as alien to a particular state or local government and for which no matter how long the people or their protégé have lived there in, cannot be regarded as indigene to a particular state or local government.
Today, Nigeria is one of the few nations that had series of controversies regarding citizenship status. Local and state government within a nation requires a person be indigenous to a particular area before he can run for office in that locality, leading to a series of division. The issues of citizen -settlers have been on in Nigeria, exacerbated by struggle for limited space, couple with nepotism, favourism, tribalism, and selfishness.
The British colonialism in northern Nigeria through its infamous indirect rule system, merely consolidated and systematized approach of the
Minority was further enhanced by feudalism.
As long as the struggle for resources of the nation continues, the issue will continue to be engage for the advantage of those who wield it, regrettably this is a recourse to primordial and senseless perpetuation of rent-seeking behavior that retards nation progress.
The syndrome competes in diametrical opposition to our constitutional right as Nigerians and remains a big cankerworm that not only denies our institution high caliber leaders, but also militates against the collective development arising from individual competitiveness in the polity.
There are series of cases of abuse of citizen-settler that had undermine degree of patriotism in Nigerians. This issues affected late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe in political participation in the predominantly Yoruba south west. The citizen indigenes issue led to unexpected controversies that trailed the nomination of Mr. Olusegun Agaga, the former minister of Finance as a ministerial nominee to represent Lagos state in the federal executive council (before his eventual confirmation on July 6th by the senate).
President Goodluck Jonathan had asked each state of the federation to submit the names of minister to represent them after his reelection into office.
While that was done, issues of marginalization of Lagos state in the ministerial portfolio was raised by Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila(ACN), Lagos state who kicked against the nomination of Aganga because he reportedly hailed from Ora in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo state, while he is married to Abiodun Awobokun, a Yoruba woman.
Fred Agbaje, a constitutional lawyer also described his nomination as marginalization of Lagos and advised him to “simply step down and allow the people to choose a representative of their choice”.
This is not the first time such an issue of citizen-settler is raising its ugly head in Lagos or Nigeria.
During the 2007/2008 gubernatorial election in Lagos state, some elements rose up against the candidature of Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, saying that he was not a Lagosian, the matter was not resolved until the election was concluded.
The 1999 Nigeria constitution which is the exact ground norm of the land, contains various aspects with regards to citizenship.
Under section 25,26 and 27, thus constitution consist of three different root for the acquisition of Nigerian citizenship, Namely through birth, by registration and by naturalization.
By whatever way the Nigerian citizenship is acquired, once declared a Nigerian person, a person automatically enjoys constitutional rights guaranteed by the constitution. Why then must we continue to refer to the discriminatory tendencies of the citizen -settler syndrome?
Nigeria needs to borrow a leaf from other nations regarding the issue ofcitizen- settler, for instance, Arnold Schwarzenegger originally came from Austria as an immigrant into the United States of America, in the early nineties, yet he became the governor of California.
Obama originated from Kenya, but there was no campaign to prevent his presidency in America. Nicholas Sarkozy has Scottish roots, yet nobody in France denied him the presidency because of that during those years.
In Nigeria case, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, former governor of Kano state traced his origin to Borno state, yet the Kano people never discriminated against his political emergence, this equally applies to many other prominent Nigerians in authority now or in the past.
The issue of citizen-settler has generated too much bad blood in the nation’s political history thereby undermining the oneness and development of the nation.
In the nations economy and infrastructural development, such an issue has prevented the emergence of the best brain to help solve our economic challenges, giving room to mediocrity. The abuse of the word “indigenes” has led to conflict and crisis as seen in Jos pogrom of 2001,2004,2009, Bauchi in 2009,2007,1999, Kano in 1991,2001 and Zango Kataf in 1991, in Ife Modekeke in 2001, in Aguleri- Umuleri in 2002 and in Kuteb/Jukun and Tiv conflict of 2001/2002.
This said manipulations must not be allowed to continue; for instance, Olusegun Aganga who was born and has stayed for over 40years in Lagos, cannot be said to be a settler again, if not for mischief and self-preservation.
If this is allowed to persist, then our desire for peaceful coexistence will be truncated.
The 1999 constitution of Nigeria provides, inter alia, in 42(11), a citizen of Nigeria of a particular communities, ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion shall not be by reason only that he or she or practical application of any law in Nigeria over any executive or administrative action of the government, to restriction to which citizen of Nigeria or other communities, ethnic groups, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion are made subject.
If a particular person lived in an area before Nigeria attained independence in 1960, it is only right that he or she should be considered an indigene and not be reduced or segregated into “visitor” or “settler” status as obtained in some parts of the country.
The relevance of primordial identities becomes timelier whenever the state or government fails to meet its basic responsibilities for the provision of the economic and social wellbeing and security of life and properties of the citizens, where tribe or religious groups pretend to take over some of the responsibilities thereby stealing the loyalty of the state.
Instead of placing premium of citizenship on place of origin or birth, it should have been placed on issues such as property ownership, tax value for one year or the number of years one has lived in the area.
The manipulation of the citizen-indigenes syndrome is against the spirit of Pan-Africanism and readily kills productivity and patriotism. It breeds suspicion, mistrust and conflict. They are crude tools mostly engage by those who are lazy and have nothing to offer the society.
Citizenship ought a voluntary choice borne out of a genuine and passionate desire to choose where to be called ones state or local government of origin. We must shun nepotism, ethnicism and favoritism. we must all strive together to find a lasting solution to the issue of citizen-settler in the nation so that we can make speedy progress.
We need to establish a specialized court to try offenders who violates our constitutional rights as a citizen anywhere in Nigeria. Political and traditional rulers must stop unnecessary promotion of issues that divides us rather than those that binds us together. We must strive to remove any identity or affiliation to tribe, state of origin or religion in our official documents. In nation building, issues of indigene must be done away with for Nigeria to make meaningful progress.
It is the only panacea or antidote to our social, economic and political challenges to develop as a nation.
We must commit ourselves to democracy, respect for the rule of law and conduct of public affairs in accordance with legality, propriety and due process. Unless and until this is done, we may not be able to mitigate the negative impact of manipulating the issue of citizen-settler in our nation.
Comrade Bature Johnson
THE ANTI CORRUPTION WAR: IBRAHIM MAGU SHOULD BE CONFIRMED
Gentlemen of the press; am COMRADE BATURE JOHNSON T. the president of [IAADHR]it has become imperative to hold this event of press conference on issues that are germane on Nigerians.
Unfolding events in the nation prompted our responses. Not too long, the Nigerian senate refused and rejected the confirmation of Mallam Ibrahim Mustapha Magu, as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC.
Their resolution, the senate says was based on the strength of accusation contained in a security reports by the Department of State Security Service DSS, in which he was accused of corruption.
Mr. President had appointed Ibrahim Magu to the position, thirteen months ago, and he had continued to function effectively in the position.
While he continues with his work, the DSS was said to have commenced and concluded detailed investigative report on him, which instead of submitting to Mr. President, directly submitted it to the Senate.
In the report, several level of accusations and fraudulent involvement were allegedly linked to him, some of which include living in a N20 million per annum apartment, above his status; paying for first-class to fly to Saudi Arabia for Lesser Hajj, and leaking of official secrets.
Since his temporary rejection for confirmation, diverse opinions of Nigerians achieve to rage, mostly against the senate and in support of the confirmation of Magu.
The anti-corruption fight of the Buhari Administration had indeed assume a global approval and respectability on account of giant success recorded in the recovery of several looted funds under the leadership of Magu and also in the prosecution and trial of high profile Nigerians, some of which include past and serving governors and senators.
His rejection is thus understandable act of unpatriotic and faceless cabals in Nigeria who are bent on thwarting the patriotic efforts of the commission as well as the power given to the anti-graft agency to battle economic and financial crime in Nigeria.
His rejections will certainly have a far reaching on Nigeria and its new change agenda, and thus will have far reaching effects on the outputs of commission.
The temporary rejection of Magu had increase the heightened suspicious of Nigeria’s Senate determination to undermine the fight against corruption in Nigeria, and its double standard. The senate president, Senator Bukola Saraki remain in office despite being tried in the Code of Conduct Tribunal, yet he wouldn’t want Magu to be confirmed despite the obvious facts that Magu has never been charged and found guilty as charged in any reputable competent court of law in Nigeria.
The Nigeria Senate has not live up to the expectation of the people. Several bills have been sent to them by the executive, but the bills were not given urgent considerations, they will rather prefer bills that suit their interests and cronies. For example the first executive bill sent to them have not been given due consideration, so also the pension bill meant to ameliorate the challenges of Nigerian pensioners. Sadly some of the senators who were either former Governors and Ministers continue to draw a large amount pension running into millions of Naira from their former states at the expense of Nigerian tax payers, This must not be allowed to continue as it is definitely not sustainable in the face of mounting economic hardship in the land.
It implies that they may want the EFCC to compromise its tough stance against corruption and give soft landing to many corrupt Nigeria. This will no doubt signal a dangerous trend towards national development.
Rejecting him by the senate will certainly not be good for the new vision of change in the present administration and the senate will not be doing Nigeria good by rejecting Magu’s confirmation.
Rejection his confirmation will not only reverse the giant strides so far recorded with recent fight against corruption, but will go further to undermine the so much needed continuity for effective anti-corruption campaigns. It will equally send wrong and negative signals to the international community that the nation is certainly not serious about fighting corruption.
By ignoring to thoroughly investigate the content of the reports, the senate clearly demonstrated his biases to send Magu packing at all cost, even in the face of lacking credible moral authority and rights to accuse Magu of corruption. The Implications for the rejection of Magu is far reaching for Nigeria. If DSS know all along that Mr. Magu is a serious security risk as being portrayed now, why? Has the body continued for so long to collaborate with Magu - led EFCC, without raising an objection or reporting the matters to the right quarters? It no doubt left Nigerians with a greater worry for the use and abuse of security reports, and Nigerians need to start getting wary of these series of unsubstantiated security reports. For the senate, the effort of the present government to fight corruption has not received commensurate support from the senate, portending dangerous omen for our transitional/ democracy.
For the fight against corruption, it is indeed a setback; because Magu have not been allow to responding and defending himself on all of the allegations against him or legal representation, thus violating his rights to fair hearing, liberty.
We call on all international organization to sustain its support of Magu and EFCC in its agenda to sanitize Nigeria of corruption. We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the National Assembly to confirm Magu and to rely on the reports of the Presidential Advisory Committee in confirming Ibrahim Magu as EFCC Chairman. We also call on the senate to rescind its decision on Magu’s rejection and confirm him in expectations of all patriotic Nigerians. Magu has done a commendable job in his acting capacity, ganging up to deny him the opportunity and privilege to serve the nation is to say the least, highly reprehensible and unacceptable.
Corruption and impunity in Nigeria has no doubt held the nation hostage, threatening to derail every element of positive development and good governance. We call on DSS to be extra conscious in discharging its mandate to the nation, so as not to undermine the nation’s transitional/democracy. If we as people fail to win the corruption war, we may be doomed forever and plagued by worse forms of national calamity.
Nigerians deserve a leader that is purposeful, reliable proactive that will be able to address the challenges that we are presently facing. Nigerians need a visionary leaders that will swiftly respond to the burning national issues and address them, what Nigerians need now is an emphatic leaders committed to initiating and implementing qualitative policies that will have direct and positive bearing on the lives of ordinary Nigerians, The Executive have to equally proven in meeting the urgent needs of Nigerians by urgently address Nigerians of their bases and the reason why? They withdraw the alleged forgery case against the senate leadership and others,
We as a people need to rise up holding our leaders accountable for their past misdeeds and present responsibilities in office. Until we do that we will continue to be taken for a ride and erroneously believe that we do not have a stake in Nigeria.
In service of patriotic Nigerians.
Thanks, we diligently support responsive leadership,
COMRADE BATURE JOHNSON T.
PRESIDENT [IAADHR] international association for advancement and defense of human rights.
SENATE FORGERY CASE: OUR STANDS
Few days ago, the media was filled with the news that the federal government had withdrawn the case and prosecution of The Senate President, Dr.Bukola Saraki and his Deputy Ike Ekweremadu over allegation of forgery.
Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate President as well as a former clerk of the National Assembly Salisu Maikasuwa and a former Deputy Clerk, Ben Efeturi, were reportedly alleged to have master minded the forgery of the senate rules used in conducting the inauguration of the 8th national assembly.
With the realization of the act of criminality involved in such a high profile case of forgery, all the suspect were first arranged before Justice Yusuf Halilu in June 12th , 2016. since then, the case had continue to move forth and back between the court and back to the responsiveness of the federal government as well as the will of the public opinion- with a clear verdict that such a case must be conclusively prosecuted.
While Nigeria and the international community waited anxiously for the conclusion of the case, report then came that the federal government withdrew the case on the ground of respect for the rule of the law and hierarchy of the judiciary.
While the national assembly jubilated and celebrated the verdict, hinging that Nigerians, particularly the executive and legislative arms of government cannot afford to dwell on issues that will divide them and prevent them from delivering good governance to the people, many Nigerians’ called for a revisit of the case and his actually is our stand
To allow the alleged senate forgery case to be dismissed just in a manner so far observed is to provide leeway for further impunity self glorification and standing headlong against the rule of law and ethics of democracy and good. This certainly has far reaching and grievous consequences for the anticorruption campaign as well as the country.
While the presidency tried to pursue the case, the senate publicly threatened Mr President with impeachment .when the case was withdrawn, the same senate alluded a vindication. What a sad situation- should law and justice not take its course because of status or sentiments.
They observed that the response of the federal government in bringing the conflict of this shameful conducts and mal-practice to book has been, to say the least, very disappointing and certainly not in tandem with the deepest aspiration and desires of every patriotic Nigerians.
Must the federal government make a forced peace with the leadership of the national assembly so that his request to pass bills and amendment is speedily done? The federal government must go beyond this and ensure that the rule of law is observed vis-à-vis in getting the national assembly to fulfill its obligation to Nigeria without it feeling that they do Nigerians favor.
To withdraw and close up the case without pursuing it to logical conclusion is to further promote the culture of impunity, corruption insult and assaults’ to the criminals justice system and act in Nigeria. The case must not be withdrawn under any circumstances.
So far the perception on the manner of handing of the senate forgery case, mostly by Nigerians are a clear betrayal of their hopes for qualitative governance and trust in the ability on government to do what is right and needful. They may certainly not trust their leaders to deliver good governance and it clearly shows and portrays lack of desired eruditions and pragmatism in Nigeria leaders, elected government officials and representatives.
While the perception is dire, its implication is much more delimiting and far reaching.
The whole atmosphere of legislative corruption which the issue has thrown up may refuse or take long time to fade off. Much more, it may slow down the effective rapprochement and cooperation between the executive and legislature making it difficult to deliver good governance.
Withdrawal of such a profile criminal case may not only drive potential foreign investors away from the country, but may further legitimize and strengthen criminality and corruption in Nigeria. It will promote regular executive legislative face off, which may promote instability in the polity and further worsen the already fragile issues of insecurity, crime, poverty, terrorism and book Haram insurgency.
Apart from it helping to foster an atmosphere of violence, it will also signify a big set back to the attempt of development in Nigeria.
Certainly the separation of power is Nigeria is not on trial, what is Trial is legislative rascality and corruption.
The reported withdrawal of the case against both Senator Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu and others is against the wishes of Nigerians and a violation of their fundamental human rights to liberty and dignity
It is a display of the highest form of insensitively. if at all that was the intention of the government in withdrawing the case soon, there will be a avalanche of call by other similar cases of forgery for a withdrawal, this will further make a mockery of our already battered and mocked legislature
Every anti-people polices of the government must be resisted with all vigor and patriotism
If Senator Bukola Sarakl and Ike Ekweremadu and other suspects are allowed to get away with these trials, all hope will be irreversibly lost in the ability of the President Muhammad Buhari A P C – led government to bring the high and mighty as well as corruption and forgery cases against them to book and punishment. Despite the check and balances provided by the constitution, the executives have not had much impact and effect in checkmating the excesses of the legislative arm of Government. Lack of accountability and transparency in election into and the subsequent running of their office had been the bane of many parliaments Africa.
Many are characterized by profligacy and unnecessary waste of tax payers fund, and very insensitive in making laws that will directly impact on the majority of the masses or laws that will enforce the provision of basic amenities infrastructures.
Thus, when the case of forgery was mentioned in connection with the Senate President and his deputy, one is not too surprised. However, the parliamentary forgery is a criminal offence against humanity and the State. It is a crime that by all standard and measure worse than terrorism- because it helps foster factors that promote and sustain terrorism and insecurity. It is equal one of the major cause of rigging of election and subsequent electoral violence. It makes democracy unattractive and unacceptable as a way of electing representatives. It equally destroys the hope of the incoming generation in the country and her future.
This is the more reason why President Muhammadu Buhari’s Government must not tolerate or condone forgery or any form of criminality. This is the more reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari must strive to protect and uphold the mandate given to him by millions of Nigerians in the last election.
Nigerians massively gave their mandate to PMB to help better their lots by delivering the dividends of democracy. Steps so far taken by the Federal Government, especially the compromise of withdrawal of forgery charges against the Senators is an abuse of trust and mandate that may spell doom for Nigeria.
Today, the Nation suffers from lack of good road, Job deficit, Infrastructure deficit, poverty and hunger. This challenge would have been addressed if the Legislative arm of Government had been patriotic, responsive, competitive, emphatic, vibrant and transparent enough.
In a time like this, when the nation is in need of Statesmen visionary leadership, PMB need to emulate great visionary global leaders like Abraham Lincoln of America and do the needful. If we must move forward as a nation, we must promote and implement ideas and policies that will promote good governance, reduce insecurity and enhance Democratic tenets and tendencies in the policy- not a compromise of fraternity with men dubious integrity.
Thus Federal Government should put in place and motion all the necessary investigative evidence to affect a far reaching, faultless and landmark judgment in the case before the court as well as Nigerians
Every judicial lacuna and technicalities that might be exploited by the accused to escape or evade prosecution must be speedily addressed
If the charges that made the withdrawal of such cases were weak and unconvincing enough, fresh charges must be obtain against the suspect to ensure effective and comprehensive trials
Federal government must enhance the competence of the police, the judiciary as well as the office of the director of public prosecution to enhance dispensation of justice.
One of the technicality so for explore to Weakens effective prosecution is the case of joint prosecution of the suspect and the subsequent challenges of such a legal administration. Federal government must be conscious of this and charge the suspect individual as opposed to the previous one where the suspect were jointly docked
Government must not relent in its efforts to promote accountability, rule of law and effective nation building,
To treat such a high profile case shabbily is to tell Nigerians that Nigeria may as well soon lapse into banana republic, where brute force and brigandage prevail and where anything goes. This is certainly not what Nigerians wished for and we pray it will not be so. Both Senator Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu must be made to face the trail to a conclusive end
COMRADE BATURE JOHNSON
WE CONDEMNED ECOWAS COURT RULING ON SAMBO DASUKI
The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Aka, ECOWAS Court, had few days ago in a judgment, ordered the Federal Government of Nigeria to immediately release the erstwhile National Security detention and asked that the Federal Government paid him the sum of #15 million damages. The court arrived at the verdict, after observing the way and manner of arrest and detention of Col. Dasuki.
Dasuki was the former NSA to former President Goodluck Jonathan. He had been in detention since November 3, 2015 when he was arrested by security operatives over his alleged complicity in $2.1 billion arms procurement fraud.
Nigeria had been faced with the issues of insecurity for over two decades. Such issues were further pronounced with the acts and damages of the Boko Haram insurgency that has resulted in the destruction of properties and lives of many Nigerians.
To kill innocent Nigerians by terrorist is a gross violation of the fundamental human right of such Nigerians.
It is this spirit that makes the arms procurement funds an act of government geared towards the defense of the human rights of the citizen.
By the massive stealing, fraud and misappropriation that trailed all the revelations of the probe panels, it is clear that Dasuki and others so far implicated in the arm procurement fraud stole Nigerian money and thus allowed innocent and patriotic soldiers to die in the battle front while confronting the well armed Boko Haram with outdated and Primitive armory, when in the first instance Dasuki Hasn’t used all legal system by standard in Nigeria before applied to ecowas courts as international courts and its show dasuki desperate in manipulating the Nigeria legal system for impunity AND such could have charged to ICC.
Thus, these infractions and the Government determination to fight corruption prompted the arrest, detention and trial of Col. Sambo Dasuki.
Though, the ex NSA eventually secured bail from three separate courts, he was dragged by the Economic and Financial Crime commission, EFCC, he was on December 29, rearrested by operatives of the Department of State Service, DSS, after he was released from Kuje Prison, Abuja having perfected all the bail condition.
Dissatisfied with the treatment meted out to him by the Government, Dasuki through his team of lawyers filed a Fundamental Rights Enforcement suit before the ECOWAS Court in Abuja, hence the recent outcome of the judgment of the court.
The outcome of the judicial pronouncement is the motivation of the response and the call for Nigeria Government to regard and enforce the Nation’s constitution pronouncement in the case before Nigeria
Nigeria had been a very strong and active member of the ECOWAS, giving it supports is much needed, especially in the economic, political and security front. The manner in which the chief justice of Nigeria handled the legal issues arising from the case no doubt provided lacuna that gave Dasuki a legal advantage before the court, this certainly ought not to be so...
While the clamor the Government to obey and comply with the judgment is on and the need to release Sambo Dasuki, it is very important for the Government to carefully study the content of the ruling before acting on it vis-à-vis the accused acts of corruption that contributed to violates Nigerian’s rights to freedom of liberty and life. It is a fact that Nigeria is a signatory to the protocol and thus important to comply with it, but in the present situation, many who approach the ECOWAS Court for protection of their fundamental rights were never guilty of depriving others of their rights to life and freedom of liberty.
No doubt, Nigeria is a society guided by laws, reason and civilization, yet it must not subsume the provision of its constitution to any international laws in a matter so relevant to and may undermine the National Security.
The major issues facing the members of the Regions Parliament is the problem of finance and terrorism, hindering and impeding their match toward economic integration.
Nigeria is one of the major contributor and supporter of ECOWAS, since inception, yet despite all these support, the country have not really benefitted from the body, only to pass judgment that will further undermine the National security of Nigeria.
If the sad case of the massive insurgence caused by Boko Haram is allowed to persist till this day, there may certainly not be a body like ECOWAS to preside on a war torn or disintegrated Nigeria.
The judgment is thus baseless and not in tandem with National aspiration or the spirit of the constitution of the nation. It is critical that we respect our institutions, it is a fundamental part of democracy, but we must also be cautious to balance national interest, with a doctrine of necessity as in the present case.
Sambo Dasuki dragging Nigeria to ECOWAS Court is to defend his fundamental human rights and to test the mighty and compliance of the nation’s constitution to International protocols.
It is a sad reality that for over Several months now, some Nigerian Soldiers, who deserted the battle front against well armed Boko Haram insurgents are still languishing in jail for resorting to self help in view of the massive and untenable violation of their rights to life by the allegation of misappropriation of the money meant procure arms to defend their Nation, homes and their lives- no crime against humanity is as grievous as what the Ex NSA has done.
We therefore call on the Nigerian Government to continue to fight corruption against Col. Sambo Dasuki to logical end- his continuous detention is in the best interest of the Nation- that is the only way to prevent obstruction of justice and to guarantee him fair hearing and personal safety.
We cannot continue to tolerate impunity of a citizen against another and the intimidation of foreign organization against National interest of Nigerians.
Col. Sambo Dasuki certainly has no legal or moral justification to drag Nigerian Government before ECOWAS Court without first addressing the Lapses he had inflicted on National Security which no International Court can ever assuage.
We condemned a self preservation initiative of Sambo Dasuki to place him above the demand for probity and investigations of allegations of massive corruption while in office as NSA; this can only be interpreted as hiding under the immunity of international laws and protocol to evade the long arm of the law. To also accede to his request by the ECOWAS Court is an indirect way of giving a tacit support to the massive pogrom of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria in a contradiction to the goal of protecting human rights and dignity by the ECOWAS Court.
the way and manner the Chief Justice had handle the cases before his office, particularly the recent ECOWAS rulings Dasukis case, where he was served motion on notice, clearly demonstrate his incompetence and subsequent embarrassment to the government and people of Nigeria. It is thus obvious that the Chief Justice of the Federation had outlived his usefulness and competence and should be shown the way out of office to avoid or prevent further embarrassments to the government.
COMRADE BATURE JOHNSON.
WE SUPPORT THE DEREGULATION ON THE OIL SECTOR
Few days back, the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari announced the increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), from 86.50k to ₦145.00 per liters as a ceiling cost.
It stated and justified the price modulation, hinging it on economic sustainability of the nation and the need to address the precarious situations Nigerians found ourselves in presently.
This price modulation is to ultimately lead to the total deregulation (removal of fuel subsidy) in the nearest future.
With the hike in the price, Nigerians, especially the stakeholders in the sector were apprehensive prompting series of reactions, meetings and call for industrial unrest by the organized labour. Government efforts and meeting with labour to resolve the grey areas became deadlocked. The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) later called for a nationwide strike, which later recorded a woeful and an uninspiring compliance from other sister labour unions and Nigerian workers.
Nigeria as a country is a mono-economy, sustain by the benefit and politic of crude oil sales. Every of the dynamics of our economy is thus influence by fluctuation of oil prices at the international oil market.
The mismanagement of the oil resources by the few corrupt cabals have ensured that the proceeds from the sales of crude oil do not benefits the majority of Nigerians.
Consequently, when successive government tried to address these challenges, by attempting to remove the oil subsidy, it meets with a stiff resistance by the oil majors. The subsidy regime was is enormous, With the previous ₦86.50 pump price of PMS, the Federal Government paid a subsidy of ₦13.7 per liter translating to ₦16.4 billion monthly. Thus, this clearly accounts for reason why all the nations’ refinery is not functioning.
Money saved by the removal of subsidy will have been saved and applied for national development in the present vis-à-vis infrastructure.
It is no wonder why many patriotic Nigerians from all works of life welcome the new price modulation (subsidy removal) that will be moderated by government from time to time.
The Nigerian labor Congress (NLC) no doubt has the right to protect the rights and welfare of Nigerians workers, but his stance against the removal of the subsidy ran contrary to the utmost aspiring millions of Nigerians. Such demand is elitist and not in tandem with the spirit of change and escaping from economic suffocation posed by continued subsidy.
It is a clear fact that the past government palliative of subsidized transport system given to the labor has clearly not been well managed, clearly indicating lack of accountability and continuity on the side of labor. It thus lack every moral integrity and authority to continue to defend the interest of Nigerians until it duly render accountability of past stewardship as well as address increasing fictionalization in its fold.
For several month now, Nigerians have been facing unfold economic hardship foisted by economic downturn and slump in crude oil prices in the international market. People find it hard to survive now, than ever before, and thus, crave for urgent intervention from the government, especially all the promises it made to Nigerians.
Thus, the price hike comes at a time when ordinary Nigerians are going through untold and unbearable hardship, where poverty and all developmental indices of life are at its lowest ebb.
Past government indeed put in place a template of policy plan to address these challenges, but lack the political will to enforce it to the letter.
The President Muhammadu BUhari led administration has equally put in place a new and revolutionary templates of policy plan (differing form the past government) to address the present challenges in the oil sector, vis-à-vis – refinery maintenance and effective use of palliative, (already built in the 2016 budget) in the overall development of all sectors of the national economy. He must back it up with the political will; it required avoiding errors of the past government.
The pains of the common Nigerian is unbearable and suffocating particularly due to the effects of the recent price modulation of PMS, yet is a policy that will yield a positive dividend in the long run more that in the immediate observations. It is a hard price we must pay for greed and lack of foresight of past leaders in Nigerians.
Every responsive and patriotic government must put the welfare of its people as a priority. We believe this is where the NLC is found wanting. It has failed to take into task the real needs and body language of Nigerians into consideration before embarking on such as suicidal strike.
Government must thus demonstrate its sincerity particularly in its efforts to address challenges facing the nation.
The palliative put in place must address the short term challenges facing Nigerians and the long term challenges of fixing up the refinery and putting in place sustainable price regulation templates.
Government must implement policies and programmed that will create employment to millions of the unemployed youths in Nigeria.
Not only the government must be proactive in tackling series of challenges that are rearing its heads in every sector of the economy, particularly the increase vandalism of oil pipelines and fulani – farmer clashes.
Government must develop and build the health, education, power, energy and related infrastructures, it must fix the rails and build new ones, and it must build and integrated transport system as well as the security sector.
We urge all Nigerians to remain calm, patient and continue to bear with the renewed efforts of the government of the day to address challenges facing them. We call on all Nigerians to be more innovative and think out of the box to survive the present harsh economic reality.
We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to do everything within its power to plug all leakages and loopholes of financial transactions in the country, starting form ASO rock and using his own as influencing templates for others to follow.
President Muhammadu Buhari must ensure that he reduced the luxurious expenditures accompanying, his leadership and policy outputs so as to reflect the pains of ordinary Nigerians electorates who voted him into office in the first place.
The one year leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has certainly not positively impact on ordinary Nigerians. The ordinary Nigerians have not felt the impact of such leadership. Money has been saved or accrued from different sources, such as those collected from corrupt Nigerians who looted the treasury, loans from abroad and money saved through TSA. Nigeria is certainly not broke, we urge our president to deploy these resources to develop the infrastructures.
If Nigeria is broke, neither government recurrent spending mush not increase, nor the lawmaker allocates bogus salaries to themselves.
Government must put in place a technical committee on a realistic minimum wage to ensure maximum productivity in the system.
No doubt, the nation need more private sector participation to increase adequate refining capacity, government cannot do otherwise.
Government must provide conducive business environment policy in place to invest and increase refining capacities of our refineries so that more jobs will be created.
The government palliative must be transparently administered and take the most vulnerable of the society into consideration. Banks can partner with the labor to provide mass transit for Nigerians. Government must ensure food security by massive investment in Agriculture and to attract more youth to the sector. The real challenge the government faces is winning the trust of the people and the present administration must rise up to the present challenges. The people want to know whether government has credible plan for them and how to quickly would government implement the post-subsidy programs.
The Nigerian government must thus implement a transparent system for redirecting and monitoring the use of funds from the fuel subsidy program for infrastructure and Nigeria’s overall development goals so that its citizens can review and scrutinize the expenditure and be well contented with such decision. Such programs must be targeted toward helping the poor to reduce maternal and infant mortality and improve road quality and access. Most importantly, Government should assemble a committee of key civil society organizations to oversee the investment of these funds. The government and the proposed civil society oversight committee must prioritize sustainable investments that will have a long-term development impact. The removal of the fuel subsidy should be supported. If implemented correctly, the subsidy funds could lead to major development gains. Civil society organizations should take this opportunity to fully engage in the debate on how best to redirect the funding from the subsidy program. Some form of social protection must be launched immediately to protect the most vulnerable. This could include measures to reduce the cost of public transportation in the near term.
Government must revisit and implement some of the valuable and timely resolutions of the past national conferences. The running of our bureaucracy is very expensive and unsustainable, thus government may need to revert to true federalism as a way of frontally addressing the long term causes of the instability of the system. We are certainly not in support of the call for strike by NLC. The call is untimely, counterproductive, unpatriotic, and not in tune with the aspirations of patriotic Nigerians. During the Goodluck Jonathan administration, the labor seems not to be proactive to staging strikes and protests, despite the need for it, it must also exercise its mandate with tact and discreet,
COMRADE JOHNSON BATURE
WE SAY NO TO SALES OF NATIONAL ASSETS
The present economic recession in Nigeria is no doubt having series of negative impact on the lives of the citizen and is thus desirous of ways of it easing out.
It is therefore understandable, the various kind of the solutions and suggestions on the way out of the economic challenges facing the nation.
Few days ago, the Economic Council which comprises Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and 36 states governors endorsed plans by the Federal Government to sell some national assets as part of the effort to address the current economic recession in Nigeria. This sale of the national assets was one of the recommendations of the Minister of Budget and National Planning Senator Udo Udoma (SAN).
The endorsement was boosted by suggestions and supporters of the private sector stakeholders as well as some handful of legislators.
Under the pretext of the offering solutions for the economic recession facing the nation, business mogul, the richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote had suggested the sale of the remaining assets of the nation as a way of raising funds. These suggestions and calls were supported by the Emir of kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as well as some handful of the nation’s legislators.
No doubt, there may be some benefits of selling national assets in the case of Nigeria’s scenario, past cases of privatization of the nations assets have only succeeded in making the masses poorer and the beneficiary richer.
The non transparent and poor execution of public enterprises in Nigeria by those in charge made the option of privatization the preferred alternative but non- desirable in Nigeria.
While it is imperative for government to take urgent step to address the economic and security challenges in the nation, it must certainly explore other viable alternative that does not entail the collective mortgage of our national assets and future as being presently advocated
National assets are tangible or intangible structure owned by nation and uses to compliment sustainable growth and development of the nation. They are valuable structures that give the nation a future and wealth. It a commonwealth of the people
For quite years in Nigeria either under the military or civilian government, series of national assets are sold -mostly at loss and selfish reason ,while only few ever yield sustainability to the nation –thus underscoring the non justification of sales of our national assets.
Many of the series of the sales of the national assets were done through the privatization and commercialization or concessions in the past and at a ridiculous bargain.
We saw the privatization of Lagos Sheraton, NAFCON, NET building Lagos, official quarters of top political office holders, and properties of NITEL and other agencies of the federal government in various part of the country.
Not too long under President Olusegun Obasanjo, we saw the privatization of the power sectors, till the moment the sales have been under one probe or the other and the result has led to Worse situation in the power sector.
In the present dispensation, the assets being targeted for sale include valued properties, oil bloc, aviation, ports and the interest of the Nigerian people in the Liquefied Natural Gas Company NLNG and Joint Ventures oil upstream operations.
The way and manner the proceeds of the past sales of national assets was sold, is less transparent and gives room for the present suspicion and apprehension. This is not the first time when the nation is incurring loss either in the sales of national assets or in government in the private sector, for instances the Central Bank of Nigeria had through sum of billion of naira funding given to the private sector, succeeded in depleting our national reserve are yet to recover the money back ,this clearly shows the private sector cannot be trusted to proffer patriotic and genuine suggestions and solutions out of the present economic challenges in Nigeria.
If the government insist that it must sell national assets to address the present economic recession in Nigeria, it is better to sell assets that are none performing assets and not the profitable and sustainable ones like the NLNG which remains one of the viable national assets. It must not be sold.
To sell these national assets at this present time has multifarious complications. It would further weaken the national economic base, promote and widen inequality gaps between the rich and poor Nigerians.
We certainly condemn the intention to sell our national common heritage and assets
To do so amount to illegality and unconstitutionality, conflicting with section 16 of the constitution which prohibited the concentration of the nation’s wealth in the hands of a few people or a group.
The suggestion for the sale of our national assets is illegal, disgraceful, unpatriotic, insensitive, selfish and not in national interest and equally gave out their their color- as enemy of the good people of Nigeria.
The past case of privatization of the national assets has led to the nation becoming poorer, while buyers smile to the banks. The past cases of privatization has seen many beneficiary engaging in assets stripping as was seen in cases where those who bought a vehicle assembly plants convert it to rice depot
To sell these national assets is to go against the aspiration of the entire citizen of the country and satisfied the selfish interest of few super rich Nigerians who have been exploiting the nation for the past years.
The economy could be revived through other alternatives strategies without resorting to sales of the national assets.
This can be done through diversification of the economy, cut down the cost of governance and import and in the process enhance workers welfare and minimum wage to further boost productivity .we shall resist any attempt to further inflict untold pains and hardship on Nigerians in bid to satisfy the selfish bids of exploitative capitalist and elites of the nation. We are very worried by the way President Muhammadu Buhari had received and gave audience to Speaker Dogara in the ASO Rock, despite the pending issues of allegations arising from the issues of budget padding and in view of the fact that his accuser had not been granted such a privilege, this is a clear way of bustling legitimizing corruption in the country, the body language of mr president in this aspect has not been encouraging and may said to account for the renewed impunity which the members of the house of representatives seems to be displaying of late ,Mr. president must distanced himself from any attempt to rubbish his hard earned reputation and integrity.
In as much as the sale of asset is an optional policy for nation to get out of recession, the President Muhammadu Buhari Proposed emergency economic bill will go a long way to address series of economic and security challenges faced by Nigerians. This will be possible, only if Mr President can get the much needed supports from the judiciary, media and the legislative arm of government. Sadly the disposition and conduct of the Senate President,(Senator Bukola Saraki) and the Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara remain the major challenges in getting the change agenda result oriented . It is so sad that Mr. President cannot send a bill for amendment and the bill get urgent attention .unless and until there is a radical change in the altitudes of Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon Yakubu Dogara –led legislature,
Nigeria May not get most of the benefit of the President Muhammadu Buhari change agenda and promises to Nigerian, in view of the ti frame left to articulate and actualize his vision for Nigerians
We therefore call on federal government to without delay recover some numbers of assets privatized in the past on the ground of fraud assets stripping and economic sabotage as the process was dubious and short of every standard of transparency .
We call on federal government to reject or rescind the decision to sell national assets against the popular aspirations of Nigerians.
We call for par time administration of national assembly and the collapse of the two legislative to be one together
We call on federal government to explore alternative means of generating or raising funds to address the economic recession through foreign loan, use of recovered looted fund and TSA account.
We call on the national assembly to reduce their jumbo emoluments-The highest in the world -as a clear commitment of sacrifice torward, addressing the nation’s economic challenges.
We call on all concern organization to resist further plundering of national assets through renewed efforts to sell some national assets.
COMRADE BATURE JOHNSON
PAUL THOMAS ARKWRIGHT
BRITISH CONSULAR GENERAL TO NIGERIA,
BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION,
19 TORRENS CLOSE,
PETER CARTER LESLIE,
THE DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER,
11, WATER KARINGTIN CRECENT VICTORIA ISLAND,
YOUR EXCELENCY, SIR.
RE-LETTER OF PROTEST AGAINST BRITISH PRIME MINISTER REMARK,DAVID CAMERON AND FORMER BRITISH CONSULAR TO NIGERIA ‘SIR ANDREW POCOCK WHO LEGITIMIZE CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA,
We write to strongly protest the recent negative remarks of the British Prime Minister, David Cameron against Nigerians and her government. just days before the 2016 Anti Corruption Summit, in London, Cameron, during discussion with delegate to London and in front Of Queen Elizabeth II, had remarked that “some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries (are) coming to Britain, “for an anti – corruption summit. “ Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries on the world”, he said.
The UK Anti- Corruption Summit takes place between May 11 and 12, with delegates from countries across the world. It brings together a unique coalition of governments, business, civil
Society, law enforcement, sport committee and international organizations committed and effecting practical steps to tackle corruption and make it a genuine global priority.
This summit is no doubt timely in view of the damages corruption has done to Nigeria and United Kingdom. Corruption has no doubt been the bane of progress and development of Nigeria. Corruption destroys morality, patriotism, jobs. It traps the poorest in desperate poverty and clearly undermines stability, and security, hence the increasing blossoming of extremist groups in corruption – prone countries. While Nigerian government under President Muhammadu Buhari has shown enough courage and demonstrate quality will power to take on and fight corruption head long- the fact remains that the battle against corruption will not and cannot be won over night. It takes time, uncommon courage and determination.
For too long, it has become a taboo to fight corruption in Nigeria. Governments lack the moral courage and will power to do so, as many “untouchables “emblematize and celebrate Corruption with glee. The devastating effects of such laissez faire attitudes of Nigeria’s past government to corruption prompted Impunity and the emergence of separatist and extremist group. The emergence of President Muhammad Buhari’s Government sent strong signals that corruptions will no longer be tolerated. Nigerians government had no doubt- made series of concerted efforts to address the issues of corruption; this was clearly reflected by the upgrade of Nigeria on the international anti- corruption index. It has equally continued to collaborate with many foreign governments to frontally address the issues of corruption. It is however regrettable that the British government, through its Prime Minister, David Cameron, would be seen to be dousing the enthusiasm and vibrancy of recent effort by his unguarded and impulsive outburst that certainly does not befit his pre-eminence.
Much as Nigerians and its government tries to fight corruption, the British government, either in Nigeria or London have not demonstrated enough commitment to show that may or are collaborating with Nigeria to address her myriads of challenges.
The western world fight money laundering with all strength, especially money coming from the Middle East, because of terrorism, but treat the fight against money laundering from Africa with kid gloves and well calculated pretenses. Thus, money stolen by corrupt individuals, (not necessity only Nigerians) are use to buy houses in the west and capital revenue for their banks.
Today, sadly so, the London’s properly market has become a vessel to conceal stolen wealth from Africa, yet David Cameron has not seen that. After almost 20 years of military dictators in Africa, United Kingdom have not been able to return their loots, because of interest and investment values, yet Cameron lack the courage to expose and repatriated plundered Nigerian assets in United Kingdom. Certainty, the West (including United Kingdom) will never end their means of getting free money. No wonder the cry of President Muhammad Buhari that the government is experiencing great frustration in its efforts to receive stolen funds stashed abroad by Nigerians.
The corruption in England is high, but digitally concealed. When David Cameron was named in Panama paper as a beneficiary of his father (Ian Cameron) offshore investment funds, David Cameron simply called it a “Private matter”. Thus, David Cameron lacks every fiber of moral integrity to impute corruption in Nigeria. It is indeed indecent to be blaming others for what you actually did. The unfolding event clearly underlines the needs for Nigeria to start reviewing her bilateral relationship with Britain. Many Nigerians rightly believed that British colonialism of Nigeria and subsequent relationship had been much of a curse than blessing.
UK representatives are quick to tell Nigerians that they are fully committed to helping Nigeria increase its security, stability and prosperity, but no clear evidence had ever back such a promise.
Money stolen by Nigerians from Nigeria secured a safe haven in United Kingdom. The culprits are even protected. It was the British who introduce corruption and electoral manipulation into Nigeria and later turn around to give humanitarian assistance against electoral violence in Nigeria, what a deceit. It was the former British envoy (Edward Pocock) to Nigeria that first legitimizes corruption - laden leadership of the Nigerian Senate, when the High Commissioner paid a courtesy call on the emergence of DR. Bukola Saraki as the new leader of the Senate. We find it regrettable to note the stand of Sir Andrew Pocock, The British consular to Nigeria during the PROCEDING of corruption charges involving Dr Bukola Saraki, the Senate President.
Dr Bukola Saraki is standing Trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over an allegation of false declaration of his assets while in office as the Governor of Kwara State.
While the trial is on, a foreign based paper, the Panama Paper, made a scandalous revelation of prominent Nigerians, including Dr Bukola Saraki, with a foreign Account, against the Public Service Acts in Nigeria.
The alleged corruption cases against Dr Bukola Saraki, drew the ire of Nigerians, who consequently call for his resignation from office.
Sir Andrew Pocock was the first diplomat to rush to congratulate emerging Saraki leadership despite uncertainty and in face of allegations of corruption charges, describing his election as well deserved.
Sir Andrew Pocock reactions to the unfolding case of corruption in Nigeria and his stance on June 9,2015 when he legitimize a senate that has issues bordering on corruption gives Nigerians and the civil society organization a cause for concern and worry.
This is so particularly in view of the fact that a Diplomat of his status is critically informed enough to take patriotic and appropriate step and stance that does not charred Nigerians delicate feeling and anxiety.
We are certainly not ignorant of the implication of the subtle legitimization of corruption in the senate by the former British Representative in Nigeria.
Such gesture promotes diplomatic disrepute, and legislature impunity and anarchy.
Nigerians remains at loss as to why Sir Andrew Pocock found it ethically and diplomatically appropriate to legitimize corruption in Nigerians.
Diplomatic manipulation and laceration has been one of the core causes of conflicts and wars.
Nigerians remains uncomfortable with the position taken by Sir Andrew Pocock and thus demand to know the reasons for such an unwholesome endorsement of the senate on the issues that borders on corruption, this will no doubt goes a long to clarify and put the record straight to Nigerians, and the international community on the actual roles played by
Sir Andrew Pocock and the reasons behind it.
It is on record the role the British played (under Sir James Robertson) in rigging the 1956 and 1959 elections in Nigeria in favor of a particular part of Nigeria considered to be friendly to Britain. The sad tales of the inoculation of corruption on Nigerians today by the British had been unabated. A government worker goes on strike because of unpaid salaries misappropriated bytheir leaders. Police are forced to take bribe due to harsh working policies. Schools are without chairs and hospitals without drugs, simply because of the strong influence of Britain on Nigeria. The consulate needs to apologize to Nigeria by their violation of the international convention of Geneva 1945/1948/1949 that guides diplomatic etiquettes.
The recent revelation by panama PAPER ON foreign account of Dr Bukola Saraki is very indicative of the international community to help Nigeria fight corruption to stand still; the British council must not be an enemy of our patriotic aspirations.
The remark of Sir David Cameron on Nigeria is undoubtedly rash, uncouth, very embarrassing and injurious to the integrity of hardworking, patriotic and God fearing Nigerians.
It is a reckless display of momentary lapse of diplomacy and diplomat etiquette. We strongly condemn it and demand an apology. Britain must stop providing a safe haven for corrupt assets. It is a clear fact that despite our common commitment, the British Prime Minister is certainly not in touch with the changing realities in Nigeria, Vis – a – Vis anti – corruption campaign. Britain must demonstrate its true commitment to anti – corruption campaign in Nigeria by helping to repatriate funds stolen abroad by corrupt individual It must also strengthen our legislations in that aspect so as to promote the needed cordiality for effective diplomat relations. Britain is an accessory to the major problems confronting Nigeria, particularly corruption and democratic manipulations, and it must not pretend not to know.
Thanks’ and regard.
Yours in support of diligent, responsive leadership.
COMRADE, BATURE JOHNSON THOMAS.
PRESIDENT- [IAADHR] international association for advancement and defense of human rights.
DANKAZEEM VICTORIA [MRS]
SECRETARY FOR [IAADHR]