Lamentation: Govt Magic In Sodom And Gomorah, By Ade Ilemobade
I say, I say, I say…
This thing wey happen
Happen for my country
Na big big thing
First time in the whole world
If you hear the name, you go know
Tell me the name now
Them go dabaru everything
Them go turn green into white
Them go turn red into blue
FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI – Unknown Soldier Lyrics
”Nigeria, We Hail Thee” thou art thyself not Sodom and Gomorrah but events in the past few weeks manifestly justify any discerning mind characterization of grotesque narratives unravelling in respect of humongous and eye-popping N13bn discovery by Magu led Economic and Financial Crime Commission in a flat in Osborne Ikoyi, Lagos, as a warning/reflection that Nigeria is showing all the characteristics of Sodom And Gomorrah-like Financial resources management.
How do we explain the fact that Goodluck Jonathan’s government and agency of government like the Central Bank Of Nigeria whose responsibility includes checking money laundering activities in financial transactions has itself become a cesspit for money laundering with the release of funds in cash in excess and contrary to money laundering regulations.
All these extra-budgetary spendings approved by Goodluck Jonathan with the connivance of Godwin Emefiele, the CBN governor, demand from us a sober reflection as to how institution of government can be corruptly co-opted into taking decisions that are in breach of the rules and regulations guiding prudent financial resources management. Precisely speaking money laundering.
National security is now a conduit-pipe for malfeasance and the origo of extra-budgetary illegality wherein billions of dollars and pound sterlings are misappropriated for selfish political advancement of ex president and his political campaign organisation.
Boko Haram, Niger Delta Militants and imaginary intelligence gathering are perfect reference points used to commit financial crime against the people of Nigeria as we have witnessed in #Dasukigate and #Osbornegate but what is baffling in all these government magic is the fact that the key architect of our grand misappropriation Goodluck Jonathan remain silent and untouchable it seems.
Has Goodluck Jonathan been granted tacit amnesty from prosecution by the Buhari’s administration or what is really happening? Are ex-presidents above the law of the land? Are we given in to threats by Niger Delta Militants in respect of probe of Goodluck Jonathan? Is this a different kind of political consideration? So many questions looking for genuine answers from the Buhari’s administration.
Is it not time for us to start a review of what constitute national security and how we finance engagements so defined because as it now stands the concept is amorphous and openended given room for abuse in funds allocation, reporting, evaluation and consequencies for misappropriation or failure to meet targeted objectives.
From the unfolding narrative in the public domain as regards fraudulent use of public funds or warehousing of public funds in private residency coupled with the illegal mechanism used in releasing public funds to government security/intelligent agencies by the Central Bank of Nigeria I think an independent body of experts must be constituted to do a review as earlier posited.
National security ”industry” is taking a very large chunk of government revenue with little or no checks and balances in place and the secretive aura built around it engendered a very fertile ground for corruption and corrupt enrichment by officialdom. This cloak of secrecy and mysteriousness must be vanquished so as to allow openness to reign in our battle against corruption in public life.
The president has done well by constituting a high panel committee headed by the Vice-president to look into #Osbornegate and #Babachirgrasscuttergate but I do not agree with the operational guideline for the probe most especially the secrecy. Why a closed door session when the issues that precipitated this probe panel are already public knowledge. Sincerely speaking closed door session will generate more speculations than public inquest.
We already have comments from the populace and public intellectuals bordering on the integrity of the process behind closed door. However, I am willing to wait till the 14 day deadline given to the panel to submit its report to the president before my comments as to whether the panel has been able to give a robust, succinctly distilled answers to the many questions ruminating the minds of Nigerians on this #Nigeriagate.
OTUNBA ADE ILEMOBADE IS A PHILOSOPHER