*I hate to break your heart but this piece is a heartbreaking one for you* – By Tope Fasuwa
I only want to ask Buhari. Is this you sir? Are you Akpabio? N108bn hangs on his neck. We knew he went crazy as governor of Akwa Ibom. Sir, are you Uche Ogah? His company, Masters Oil was indicted for N2.9Billion subsidy fraud in 2011. He refunded N1.2bn in 2016. Are you Timi Sylva? He was arrested for N48bn fraud in 2013. We know that because he is now an APC kingpin his sins have been forgiven and his dozens of properties returned. Are you George Akume? He has an old N2bn fraud case with EFCC. Or is N2bn now too small in your books that it is insignificant? Are you Henry Nwajiuba? What happened to the microfinance bank he formed? What was Dariye’s link with that bank? How many widows are gnashing their teeth today as a result of his actions? Are you really Rauf Aregbesola? What is the state of Osun today? Did we not see in stark reality how he overtraded on infrastructure and left the people broke and broken? Is this what it’s all about?
What are we doing with 9 ex-Governors whose tenures were mostly full of fraud and mediocrity? Are we trying to rehash the past or build a new future? What did these governors achieve in their states? What are we doing with 13 people who served the first tenure? What did they achieve to warrant a recall?
But my biggest concern is with the issue of corruption. President Buhari goes around with this anti-corruption toga and is always eager to speak about his own piety. However evidence on ground points to something different, especially with this list of new ministers.
This morning we read that the MD of the Asset Management Company – a bad bank where Nigeria’s poor taxpayers’ money has been used to bail out fat-cats who borrow and refuse to pay – drew attention to the fact that many of the new ministerial nominees, as well as many lawmakers who are today confirming the ministers, are bad customers of AMCON. I know that at least Senator Ifeanyi Ubah is owing at least N160bn to AMCON (in other words the Nigerian people). Ahmed Kuru also said AMCON may be unable to recover at least N5trillion which those guys are sitting on.
I am afraid. Barbarians have finally seized the treasury. Buhari has turned out a paradox. He has shown that in this Nigeria, bad is good, black is white, evil is holy… we live in abracadabra land. I see no easy ways out of this logjam Nigeria has put herself in.
Buhari, is this really you? If it is you, are you not telling our children that a meritorious career in crime, fraud and sundry dishonesty is now a requirement for people who want to serve in government?