Atiku/Obi Will Elevate Corruption To State Craft – BMO

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has continued to show the whole world that corruption would be a state policy if he ever becomes President of the country. 

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says that it came to this conclusion after watching Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Peter Obi on “The Candidate”, a live television programme on next month’s presidential election.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group said: “we know that it is not a coincidence that both men made Freudian slips on how they would encourage acts of corruption if (God forbid) they get to the Presidential Villa. 

“As was expected with Atiku on the podium, the anchor peron opened the programme by asking the former Vice President to give his thoughts on corruption; but, after defining it as the act of using public office for private gains, it was shocking that the PDP Presidential candidate did not see anything wrong with his company (INTELS) getting the concession rights to some of the nation’s Ports in 2006 when he was Vice President and head of the privatisation process.

“Not even Obi, his running mate, saw corruption, nor conflict of interest in his decision to invest Anambra State government’s funds in his private business, at a time he was governor of the State 

“All these show that the Atiku/Obi ticket would elevate their wheeler-dealer mentality to the level of state craft to the detriment of the average Nigerian, after all he had previously made it clear he would enrich his friends.” 

The group also questioned the PDP Presidential candidate’s readiness to shield corrupt individuals from prosecution if they return looted funds. 

It wondered why Atiku would say it is more prudent to grant amnesty to looters rather than put them up for trial. 

“But what many would find befuddling is how he prefers amnesty for high profile, politically exposed persons and then cite Turkey as an example of where it worked. 

“What he left out is that Turkey, under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has a criminal code that criminalises various forms of corrupt activities even, if it is just an attempt to corrupt a public official. Individuals in that country may be incarcerated for up to twelve years for simple bribery offences while Companies may face seizure of assets or income as a penalty. 

“The example of Malaysia and Kenya which attempted to grant amnesty to corrupt persons in exchange for the return of looted funds, but failed, showed that applicable sanctions are the best way to confront corruption in high places. 

“The success story of the President Buhari administration in assets forfeiture in the last three years shows that seizing assets and funds found to be proceeds of corruption, and also prosecution, can serve the purpose of double deterrent, especially now that the courts have given legal backing to Executive Order 6.” 

The Pro-Buhari group added that the PDP Presidential candidate and his running mate again showed that their campaign is based on lies, with the way they reeled out unverifiable statistics and data. 

“Even before the programme ended, fact-checks showed that Atiku and Obi dished out lies on issues ranging from Nigeria’s GDP in 2015, to security challenges before the Buhari administration.

“We make bold to say that these individuals cannot be trusted with power at a time that Nigeria is just recovering from sixteen years of misrule. Any outright sale of government owned enterprises to cronies and friends at giveaway rates can only lead to catastrophic consequences,” the group warned.

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BMO Mocks Atiku’s Outlandish Campaign Promises

The Buhari Media Organization has dismissed claims by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar of a N33,000 minimum wage for his staff as yet another attempt to hoodwink Nigerians.
BMO said in a statement by its chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that the claim came at a time that some of his former workers went public with revelations of unpaid wages and severance benefits as well as unfair labour practices
It also wondered how the number of staff said to be in his employment has increased from 50,000 to 100,000 within a few weeks 
The group said “We are indeed amused that Atiku who only recently retrenched some staff of his GOTEL TV in Adamawa state without properly paying them off is dropping hints in the media about a N33, 000 minimum wage for his staff.
One of his senior managers was even quoted as saying over 100,000 people are currently drawing salaries on a monthly basis from the former Vice President, so we are wondering who between him and the PDP presidential candidate is lying about the actual staff strength of the companies.
Not even Dangote Group which is the largest conglomerate in West Africa has the number of staff these people claim to be on Atiku’s payroll.”
BMO however noted that this is not the first time the candidate and his people have sought to bamboozle Nigerians. 
“Only a few days ago, the PDP presidential candidate promised to reduce fuel price to N90 per litre if voted into power at a time it is common knowledge that the landing cost of a litre of refined petrol is about N158
He must have been shocked in Dubai to see how Nigerians instantly rubbished his poorly thought out ‘campaign promise’
“While it is not in our place to advice them but we urge the Atiku campaign team and the PDP to make only realistic promises as even in propaganda, you have to be truthful to the people you seek their votes.”it said.
The group also advised Nigerians to be wary of empty promises by a candidate whose actions are always at variance with his pledges.
“Here is a man who has vowed to get Nigeria working but has spent the last few weeks with his associates boosting the local economy of Dubai under the guise of strategizing for the presidential campaigns. 
“We believe that the huge resources they have wasted there would have taken many Nigerians out of poverty.
“On the contrary, President Muhammadu Buhari is not only committed to ensuring a new national minimum wage but is also keen on ensuring that more Nigerians benefit from his social welfare programmes across the country”
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BMO To Kukah: Don’t Drag The Church Into Your Politics

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has advised the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, to refrain from dragging the Church into his activities outside the pulpit.

It also reiterated its demand for his withdrawal from the National Peace Committee.

BMO said this in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke in Abuja.

The group insisted that Kukah has to leave the Catholic Church out of his “reconciliation meeting” between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar which he claimed was hijacked for political purposes.

“It was clear from the outset that the meeting was political and there was no way it could have been viewed differently at a time like this.

“We make bold to say that the animosity between former President Obasanjo and his estranged deputy has no bearing on national peace to the extent of warranting the Bishop’s intervention in view of the role he (Kukah) plays in the National Peace Committee. 

“Against this backdrop, we still sustain our insistence on Bishop Kukah voluntarily exiting the Committee.

“Of course, the Bishop has a duty to facilitate peace between two of his politician friends but we plead with him to leave the Catholic Church out of his defence. 

BMO however assured the Catholic Church that it holds it in high esteem and would not do anything to denigrate it.

“The Catholic Church is a respected, non-partisan spiritual institution that has continued to espouse non-partisanship in its relationship with Nigerians across all lines, historically and in contemporary times.

“Bishop Kukah’s rift-settling mission is however a realisation of his private desire and it should be seen as such. It is out of place to exhibit it as a mission initiated by the Catholic Church. 

“The turn of event at the so-called peace meeting in Abeokuta and after, has shown why religious leaders should stay away from politicians. 

“Bishop Kukah tried to excuse the backlash that trailed the meeting as unexpected politicisation but we, like many Nigerians, take this excuse with a pinch of salt; but then, it shows the extent to which some politicians could go to advance their self-interest and why religious leaders should take to heart the admonition of President Buhari not to involve themselves in politics.”

BMO noted that the Catholic Church had always maintained a neutral stance in the polity and expects that it would continue to play a moderating role in the run up to the 2019 elections.

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