Buhari’s Anti-corruption War And The Vote Of Confidence From The Global Front, By Okoi Obono-Obla
The detractors and opponents of the Anti-Corruption War of the present administration would want us to believe that the campaign is selective, a witch-hunt and vendetta targeted at opponents and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In their frenzy and obsession to divert attention and politicized the campaign, they have woven all sorts of conspiracy theories from the sublime to the ridiculous and rubbish such as wanting us to believe that President Muhammadu Buhari is pursuing Lt Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd) because they had issues over 30 years ago when both were still in the military or that the arrest and arraignment of the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh is because he waged a campaign of calumny and hate against President Buhari in the 2015 presidential election.
Apart from their hackneyed cry of selective prosecution, protagonists of the war twist the principles of the Rule of Law to suit their agenda taking umbrage under the principles of human rights protection.
Just last week, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed told a startling story of how just 55 Nigerians stolen a whooping N1.34 Trillion from the national patrimony and they still have the stomach to suggest that the present administration can overlook such sleazy and move on because some gleeful claim that the war against corruption is diver campaign.
What of the $9 Billion that was budgeted for the purchase of military hardware to fight the insurgency that was stolen and mindlessly shared to mandarins of the PDP? But nothing absolutely can be farther from the truth.
Despite the vociferous peddling of selectivity of the campaign, the detractors have not presented a shred of evidence to substantiate their claim. The truth of the matter is that this war is for real and no antics by the detractors should make the Federal Government to buckle.
Undoubtedly, this war is necessary to clean up the country, restore national values such as honesty, integrity, accountability, transparency and hard work.
We can continue pretending the attention of government from other of the national economy that they claim need urgent attention. Who say that the administration has neglected other sectors of the national economy to the detriment of the people?
The Federal Government of Nigeria despite the war against corruption has release one of the best national budgets in the past forty years which, if faithfully implemented; would likely take the country out of the woods and present financial quagmire.
Indeed, an analyst and Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Africa Growth Initiative, Brooking Institutions, Amadou Sy writing in the latest edition of the journal of the acclaimed Policy Think Tank based in the United States of America-Brooking Institutions also said that the budget has set the stage for strong, sustainable, and inclusive growth in the medium term. He concluded that the 2016 budget provides a template for other African countries.
However, the truth of the matter is that the war against corruption of the administration has won national and international acclaim despite the negativity towards it by cynics and detractors. Just yesterday United States of America, Secretary of States, Senator John Kerry in a paper presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland showered accolade and praises on President Muhammadu Buhari for the successes scored in the war against corruption and the fight against insurgency, stressing that the war against corruption is imperative if the country has to survive.
So, if internationally recognized institutions and respected globally citizens such as the American Secretary of State who obviously is speaking the mind of the United States of America have passed a vote of confidence on the Federal Government, what else do we need to add as a people than to lend support and prayers to it, the present leadership in its efforts to take the nation out of the woods.
Do we need to continue to play politics at this time when elections are over? Shouldn’t the opposition ponder over this?