Nigeria: EFCC - Chronology of the Deceit!
According to an English adage, it is not all whom the dogs bark at that are thieves!
The EFCC chairman, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, has publicly declared almost every serving past leader as thieves, except perhaps those in the good books of the greatest pretender of our time - former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He has repeatedly in the past called former President Babangida all sorts of uncharitable names even though the biggest official robbery committed within the shortest space of time took place under the sanctimonious Obasanjo administration. Public robbery under that administration was glorified as financial skill.
In his latest antics, Nuhu Ribadu wants to create the mischievous impression that the Yar'Adua administration is not zealously committed to the anti-corruption crusade as his predecessor - Gen. Obasanjo, even though the former president is scared to declare his assets publicly. His rude confrontation with the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Michael Aondoakaa is testimony to EFCC's mischievous game to discredit President Yar'Adua's philosophy of following the rule of law.
Ribadu and his fellow travellers on Obasanjo's train kangaroo culture are not happy to be directed to operate within the boundaries of the rule of law. For so long, Nuhu Ribadu deceived Nigerians and it is high time someone stood up and exposed his lies and insincerity in fighting corruption. As one produces a chronology of evidence, the chinks in the armour of the EFCC will be revealed and then we shall all see that the real obstacle to the anti-corruption crusade is Ribadu's insincerity and rough justice. Justice is supposed to be blind, but in EFCC's case, it is one-eyed!
Didn't Ribadu tell the Senate in 2006 that thirty-one governors had cases to answer over corruption and even claimed that he had watertight evidence to nail them? Now, why did the number suddenly reduce to mere five governors? Ribadu consistently rejects accusations of lopsided justice, but why didn't he show enthusiasm towards the petitions against certain former governors?
It was recently reported that forty billion naira was donated to the PDP 2007 presidential campaign war chest by corporate bodies in violation of the limits set for donations to political parties by the Electoral Act 2006. Was Nuhu Ribadu in a slumber? Were these donations not made with the full knowledge of former President Obasanjo? Why didn't Ribadu or Emmanuel Ayoola of ICPC show interest in these corruption-laden donations? What has become of Ribadu's celebrated guts?
Nigeria also lost fifty-seven billion naira as revenue as a result of import duty waivers and concessions generously granted by Obasanjo to his blue-eyed boys in Nigeria's private sector. Does Nuhu Ribadu need to be reminded that this is corruption and abuse of office? Were the Vaswani brothers not deported out of Nigeria at the instigation of their business rivals who were friends of Obasanjo? The Vaswani brothers were accused of defrauding Nigeria of forty billion naira as import duty evasion.
What happened to Ribadu's report on the eighty-five billion naira scandal at the Nigerian Ports Authority? Former President Obasanjo publicly discredited the report, describing it as inconclusive because his friend, Bode George, was involved. If Ribadu is driven by principle rather than opportunism, why didn't he resign, at least to prove to Nigerians that Obasanjo was not sincere about the anti-corruption crusade? It is clear from this case that contrary to the impression that Ribadu is making sacrifice for doing this job, the man has private motives for continuing in office despite the hypocrisy of Obasanjo.
Mallam Ribadu is obviously dancing in a net, but how long can he fool discerning Nigerians? In the wake of the third term project in 2006, it was on record that fifty million naira cash was being dished out to any senator willing to play ball by voting for constitutional amendment. Strangely, but not surprisingly, Nuhu Ribadu swept the issue under the carpet.
Obasanjo's cousin and former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Mr Joseph Makanjuola, were cited in a 420-million naira corruption scandal and were arrested to impress the public that Obasanjo's government meant business. However, a few months later, the then Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Kanu Agabi, rushed to the court to discontinue Makanjuola's prosecution, which conveniently created the chance for him to escape abroad. Was Ribadu sleeping when this incident happened under his nose?
Perhaps to prove that he meant business, Mallam Ribadu once arrested Gen. Babangida's son, Muhammad Babangida, harassing the poor boy to explain how he got the money to buy shares in Globacom. But our moral warrior, Ribadu, did not arrest Gbenga Obasanjo to explain how he has been making his money after abandoning his medical practice in the US. to return to Nigeria when his father became the president in 1999.
Besides, Obasanjo's son in the US., Muyiwa, allegedly bought a house at 570 thousand dollars, just one year after leaving the university. And when the press cornered Ribadu, he said Muyiwa is a private citizen, which is outside the purview of EFCC duties. How deceitful! Was Muhammad Babangida a public office-holder when Ribadu went after him?