OPINION: GEJ AND HIS ANTI-CORRUPTION POLICY

Let’s leave out all political sentiment for a minute and be honest with ourselves about how well GEJ handled corruption during his tenure as the Nigerian head of state. When the former president, Goodluck Jonathan was asked how he tackled corruption during his tenure, his response was,” He made it difficult for officials to gain access to funds”.

Putting it mildly, I would say this was a terrible failure.

From the looks of things, pretty much everyone had their hands in the cookie jar. Has anyone bothered to really take a look at how these individuals corruptly enriched themselves during the last administration! Let me walk you through a few.

National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.)… Single handledly disbursed $2.1bn to different people at various times in what could be called one of the biggest financial crimes of our time. He claimed he got approval from the president to collect $2.1bn from the NNPC. TheCable gave the breakdown of NNPC’s disbursements to the office of the NSA as follows: $1 billion on March 27, 2014; $200 million on April 9, 2014; $600 million on May 5, 2014; and, same day, $200 million following a request for $250 million and on January 12, 2015, he got $100 million, bringing the total amount his office received from the NNPC to $2.1 billion within the nine months.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.)… The word on the news is that he has refunded N2.6bn, and remember his siezed properties worth N5bn. These are part of their alleged involvement in “converting N21billion from the Nigeria Air Force around March 5, 2014 in Lagos”

Spokesperson of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh… News around is that he has offered to refund N400m which he received from Dasuki.

Mr. Fani-Kayode, who served as director of media and publicity during the campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan, is facing a 17-count charge bordering on unlawful retention, use, and payment of money in the tune of about N4.9 billion, alongside the former minister are Nenadi Usman, former finance minister; Danjuma Yusuf; and a company, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd.

We cannot look into Jide Omokore and former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Andrew Yakubu yet because I believe if former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke (the queen bee) comes clean, the whole story would completely blow our minds! If the EFCC could seize jewery worth over N150 million from her home, then why do I get this feeling we would be hit by an avalanche of scandals when she comes clean!

Now, looking at the instances mentioned above, does the GEJ administration really strike you as an administration that “made it difficult for officials to gain access to funds”? Other important questions to be asked are, “Where was the president when all these were going on”? I don’t think he was out of the country. Did he just approve these payments without bothering to check how these guys were actually spending the Nation’s funds? What could he have been busy doing that he was too busy to find out how $2.1bn was being spent. Its a lot of money by all standards.

Or here is a theory, did he approve these payments personally? If this is the case, shouldn’t he be questioned? If he was in on it with Dasuki, then this means he should be questioned as well, its actually logical.

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