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Buhari: The Wrong Interventionist.

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By Elempe Dele, Edo.

I can’t seem able to get out of the nagging feelings of pains that assail me each time I recall to mind the faces of some of those 43 rice farmers that were killed, necks slit, days ago in Borno State. The gruesome and gory details indicts my conscience and it brings me to heavy emotions.

It would be more than sufficient for me if our collective voice today achieve nothing more than a call on African leaders on the plight of our brothers and sisters trapped in Nigeria under the leadership of General Buhari.

I am optimistic, against all odds, that with a union of minds against this evil, an opening up of channels of interrogation to determine what necessary actions that need to be taken against this modern day evil where a sleeping man, a supposed general, pretends to be awake while his people are slaughtered during the day trying to earn their legitimate livelihood.

It would remain deeply satisfying if we shout, with human impulses, towards this savagery, rather than remain silent, in carving holes into this despicable acts of unjust killings emanating from that country known for pampering acts of terrorism. It would also be sufficient to celebrate that moment when African people would rise against those holding our brothers and sisters in death there in the North East with the aim to demolishing the scriptural doctrine of killings, the scriptures of human marketing, the atrocities that commercialize killings by religious fiats.

Reflections from us must take over this very sad moment in our history as a people as our tears shall certainly dry on their own. We must task our minds that have been disturbed of its peace with this horrifying videos coming from Borno State. We must summon occasions to begin to replace complacency with dedication. The dedication should be to excuse Buhari from power as UNFIT.

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We must provoke our minds to the direction of this recent symbolically reality that exhibit in its entirety, inhumanity. Let this arouse a need for a collective response, over and beyond mere wishes on social media. (Some are already planning protests in high commissions and embassies around the world)

As we speak, some of our sisters are still trapped with the terrorists under inhuman conditions. A project of slavery is thriving in Nigeria, with passive complexities of Mr. president; General Buhari, who mostly sleep at war.

How we humanists and writers react towards the perversion is key to unlocking this sad puzzle. I mean how we react to the Nigerian state, the rogue nation should be the anchor of our debate.

It is shameful that Africa Union, AU, has suddenly become impotent in the face of this reenactment of our colonial history of death and slave trade.

I feel deep pains in the abandonment of our people in the North East, in the hands of notorious gangs and terrorists who could wipe off over 40 people in a day trying to make food available to us all. Is there need for the Africa Union to wait for protocols before it goes to rescue its own people from Nigeria since Nigeria is now so docile? It’s people that are already sold to slavery, abused, violated, killed and certainly dehumanized.

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What exactly is AU doing in the face of this human pandemic here in Nigeria?

I find it unbelievable for actions against this act were not invoked immediately, and still not yet invoked till now. What would it take for an intervention to rescue this humanity by AU and UN from this murderous gangs and terrorists in Nigeria? Do we need mercenaries? Should we declare total war against Boko Haram?

As of today, the Africa Union has not challenged, in physical terms, the pain and shame of the continent, a pathetic inadequacy in providing rescue channels for the thousands of victims in Nigeria since General Buhari cannot do it.

What has been achieved so far is to give cold comfort through the social media to those victims that have been killed or sold as cheap as $400, some who would be used to work in farms in the hot winds with rags of shame on their backs and those girls who are sold into sex slavery.

Where is Leah Shaiubu today? The pain of a missing young girl that keeps nagging in our minds.

How do we feel? Some are being slaughtered, raped, throat slit, bodies mutilated and robbed of the last drop of dignity left in them, naked!

Yet, we shall continue to talk from Benin City to Senegal to Yaoundé to Niger…in impotence and argue from futile positions in sterility because our children are not involved directly – because General Buhari’s children who study in the UK are not involved directly. I appreciate, however, the social media campaigns and indictments by millions of people against these deaths to many, but they can’t replace the honour of physical actions against the killers or against the docile Buhari’s administration.

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African states can commence expelling Nigerian diplomats from their countries to show their collective disgust against this criminal impunity which General Buhari has allowed to prosper for too long. Let them go free their country of the swelling mutilated deaths and victims of slavery. Let these diplomats go to join the army to fight these insurgents.

This is a pain we writers cannot easily forget. Part of the writer’s mission is to testify by laying ambush for dysfunctional minds. We must lay legitimate ambush against the docility of General Buhari and his administration. We that are living today witnessing this human horrors must save something for the yet unborn to ponder about.

We must act securely to make our written words, at least, be used to mobilise our government towards taking responsibilities of protecting our people in their own lands – the disadvantaged. We shall continue to say to the world, those holding controls of directions of Nigeria, General Buhari expecially, that the future will never forget these atrocities nor shall it forgive.

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Open Memo To The New EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa As He Assume Office

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Open Memo To The New EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa As He Assume Office

By Abba Dukawa, Kano.

I am constrained to write you this open Memo as you assumed the leadership of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). But let you remember

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa

That On the day of judgement, you will appear before Almighty to account for all your deed before him where your sense of justice and honesty as a leader will unchain you. May Allah hold your hand to do the right and also fellow the right path in discharging your responsibilities.

Mr chairman You assumed the commission leadership when the country’s positions in the global outlook perception is not commendable.

Nevertheless, the administration came to power through a change mantra with the top three cardinal promises of Economic Development, fighting insecurity and corruption. Nigeria is still been perceived as among Africa’s corrupt countries.

Not only did the country slipped two places below from 146th position in 2019 to 149th in 2020, the country also scored 25 out of 100 points, falling by one point compared to 2019, according to 2020 Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index.

The 149th position means Nigeria is just above 31 countries out of 180 countries surveyed worldwide, while Nigeria is ranked 25 out of 49 countries in the sub-region.

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Nigerians are expecting much from you to be a strong and real dodged fighter in fighting the common enemy that has frustrated our realization of the country’s economic development despite the enormous natural and human resources of Nigeria.

Other expectations of Nigerians on you, include reform of the commission in non-powerful elements outside the commission influence and most importantly, non-partisan manner will surely assist the commission to box corruption to a standstill.

To achieve a just and fair fight against corruption, there is a need for you to focus on building a strong commission that cannot be manipulated by personalities. Instil a culture of accountability, and transparency in the way the commission runs its activities would enable the agency to perform optimally.

Let you be the agent of change as you knew all former chairman of the commission were all alleged to have abused their office with some doses of corrupt practices.

Avoid battle for supremacy between your office and that of the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

Fighting corruption is very weighty and greatly worrisome to all concerned Nigerians. Use your expertise to implement reforms and ensure a fair and balanced fight against corruption and corrupt people in Nigeria this is achievable as an official who passed through the ranks of the commission. Need to ensure synergy between the EFCC and its sister anti-graft body, such as ICPC, CCB, CCT and other law enforcement agencies as this will increase better results.

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Nigerians and the world are watching you in discharging these herculean tasks before you.

The need for doing any things possible within your reach to regaining the confidence of Nigerians in turning around the commission to achieve its objective should be your top priority. In yesteryears, the mentioned of EFCC name scare corrupt and economic saboteurs but that fright notion of if EFCC catches you, one would bear the consequence also gone.

There is a need for the commission to collaborate with the Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Chief Justice of the Federation and the National Assembly towards the establishment of a Special Anti-corruption Tribunal to facilitate speedy determination of hundreds of corruption cases before the nation’s normal courts. This Special Anti-corruption Tribunal will fast track the prosecutions of corrupt cases.

Need for the strengthening of the collective effort in citizens’ participation in the fight against corruption by engaging non-state actors, especially the media and civil society organizations, in providing information to the public in line with the Freedom of Information Act 2011.

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Engage massive media campaigns both in three major languages in the country to enlighten the public on the damage of corruption on us. This will increase the chances of making good fight.

With your experience being among pioneer cadet staff of the commission which your records show that you have a passion for the war against graft, so you should ensure to have personnel with similar passion to work with. While those that are sheep in the wolf skin within the commission are to be sent away.

Like you said, there is a difference between fighting corruption and fighting corrupt people and you are going forward.

Let you and your staff be proactive in fighting both this will help you in fulfilling the paradigm shift in the agency’s approach to the anti-graft war.

Bear in mind the country is still languishing in extreme poverty as a result of corruption and the fight against corruption has become a mere statement.

On a final note, need you remember that you are aware that the mantle of leadership is a responsibility bestowed on you by God and as a Muslim, you will account for every deed and activity you engaged in under oath as a chairman of the commission.

Abba Dukawa, a public commentator and writer from Kano State

Abba Dukawa, a public commentator and writer from Kano State

Dukawa writes from Kano and can be reached at atabbahydukawa@gmail.com

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Nasarawa Speaker; Your Tireless Efforts Have Rendered Us Hope For The Future – Musa Jameel Toto

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Nasarawa State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Honourable Abdullahi Ibrahim Balarabe should be commended for his immense contribution to the development of the State.

A clear definition of a Leader is he that harbour’s good and reliable initiatives that truly clears the part for a more successful Reformation and development’s, your zealous act and persistence towards actualizing a fruitful and progressive environment for the betterment of every heart has demonstrated your innermost quality and pure passion as a leader to lead.

In trying times as a capable head, you have stood firm and focus without fear of falling apart, you as a character have champion a just course of survival for everyone and everyone in your constituents to leave with.

Rt. Hon Abdullahi Ibrahim Balarabe

Rt. Hon Abdullahi Ibrahim Balarabe

Rt Hon Abdullahi Ibrahim Balarabe (WALIN OF OPANDA), has been diligently and tirelessly of service to humanity in the past couple of years of his existence. At 58 years old, he is still doggedly committed to serving the people to the glory of God.

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It is on record that Walin Of Opanda served as speaker NSHA for two consecutive terms.

Yet his political frontiers is transcending his constituency and Nasarawa state as he has become a force to reckon with virtually within the State. His belief in democratic tenets is unequalled, and his democratic credentials is something for the books.

History of Nasarawa state present democratic dispensation will not forget in a hurry the name of Speaker Rt Hon Abdullahi Ibrahim Balarabe Walin of Opanda. He has become a phenomenon in the State Assembly’s politics, and that his school of politics has surprised so many coming as a second time at the State Assembly, he has become a factor both within his constituents, in his constituency and at the Assembly.

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His electrifying presence on the political scene tied to his uncommon philanthropic tendencies made him a personality any serious politician in Toto LG and Nasarawa state crave to associate with.

the love he has for the downtrodden succeeded in blending politics with philanthropy, advancing the course of humanity and societal development thus putting himself in a position of rendering service to the people and developing his environment.

He is today a spring of hope to many and a huge blessing to his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress in Toto LG and the state at large.

I make bold to say that Mr Speaker style of politics will in no distant time become a subject of intense research among political scholars. For the fact he is unique in so many ways. There is hardly a politician that has had the bashing of Rt Hon Ibrahim Balarabe and still have the kind of loyalty and support of the people around him.

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I pray God Almighty to continue to grant him good health, peace of mind, and more wisdom, zeal and ability to continue the good works.

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Trouble Fighting Corruption In Nigeria

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The corrupt man is everywhere, the man on the street, the man next door, the man in the church or mosque, the man in the market or the departmental store, the policeman on beat patrol and the soldier at the check point (Okadigbo, 1987)

THE present administration came to power through the change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari with his top three cardinal promises of “economic development, fighting insecurity and corruption”. But the country is still languishing in extreme poverty as result of corruption and the fight against corruption has become a mere political statement.

Nigerians are alienated, angry and fed up with the way the fighting corruption is being handled with the slow pace of the fight against corruption since the administration came to power,

Regrettably, it is under the watch of this present administration that Nigeria’s corruption perception index published by Transparency International has nosedived. With the current ranking, Nigeria is now the second most corrupt country in West Africa with Guinea-Bissau being the only country more corrupt than Nigeria in the sub-region. The country scored 26 out of 100 points, a drop from the 27 points that it has maintained since 2017. In the 2018 index, Nigeria rose by four places on the index from 148 to 144 and also dropped two places in 2019, ranking 146 out of the 180 countries.

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Since 2015, Transparency International reports indicated that the administration’s war against corruption could not be said to be effective in the light of the poor performance of the EFCC in several high-profile corruption cases like defencegate,PDP Campagn funds and the most publicised case of a former petroleum minister.

But the trouble with the anti-corruption agency in Nigeria is clearly lack of political will from leaders of the agencies assigned with the responsibility of fighting corruption in the country as corruption cases have been on the increase. The anti-corruption agencies have proven beyond any reasonable doubt that there are not able to translate their anti–corruption “crusade” into action.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act (2004) empowered the commission to prevent, investigate, prosecute and penalise economic and financial crimes and it is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the provisions of other laws and regulations relating to economic and financial crimes.

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But 17 years after the establishment of the agency, strangely, all former chairmen of the commission were allegedly removed for undisclosed abuse of office.

There is no doubt that the new chairman of the EFCC will be facing a herculean task and may not like to go the way of his predecessors. He has the urgent challenge of regaining the confidence of Nigerians by turning around the commission to achieve its objectives.

Many Nigerians are expecting much from the new chairman as he takes over the mantle of leadership because corruption cases have been on the increase despite the anti–corruption campaigns. The new chairman is expected to be an agent of change in fighting the common enemy that has frustrated the realization of country’s economic development despite the enormous natural and human resources of the Nigeria.

Perhaps, the new chairman should strengthen the collective effort in citizens’ participation in the fight against corruption as this will increase the chances of engaging non-state actors, especially the media and civil society organizations, in providing information to the public in line with the Freedom of Information Act 2011.

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Some other expectations of Nigerians include reform of the commission and ensuring a fair and balanced fight against corruption in the country as an official who passed through the ranks of the commission. He should ensure that there is synergy between the EFCC and other sister anti-graft agencies like the ICPC and other law enforcement agencies in order to produce the needed results in the fight against corruption.

It will be recalled that the slow pace of court cases and financial settlements made by wealthy individuals and entities outside of the courtroom have impeded successful prosecution of cases. The convictions of two former governors, Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye, have failed to convince the public of the sincerity and effectiveness of the war against corruption.

Need for the establishment of a special anti-corruption tribunal by the National Assembly to facilitate speedy determination of hundreds of corruption cases before the nation’s courts will aid the war against corruption.

DUKAWA write in from Kano and can be reached at abbahydukawa@gmail.com

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