ADVERTORIAL: Buhari And The INTEGRITY Question By Trust & Integrity Coalition

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Shagari’s regime incurred the wrath of General Muhammadu Buhari when it decided to investigate the $2.8billion that disappeared from the Midland Bank, London account of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, (NNPC) during General Obasanjo’s era as military head of state into a private account. Converted to the current rate in the
Nigerian money market, the same amount would have been $504 billion! In spite of his vehement rebuttal of this allegation, it hangs over him like an albatross as the first Nigerian to be involved in complexities revolving around stolen fund to the tune of billions.
Trust & Integrity Coalition (TIC)
Those who come to equity must come with clean hands.
Nigerians, look well before you leap.
Integrity indeed?
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So many stories abound on the way the 20billion Naira PTF was managed. Allegations of
discrimination in the choice of personnel, contractors and locations of project are yet to be
convincingly addressed. One of General Mohumadu Buhari’s close allies, Malam El Rufai
who now aspires to be governor of Kaduna state once wrote about “Katsina boys who used
the money they made at PTF to bankroll Yar’Adua’s election in 1999.” Till date, the
ownership of Afrijet Consortium, who took the large chucnk of PTF contracts is still
shrouded in secrecy. No wonder General Buhari insisted Abacha’s stealing remains an
unproved allegation in spite of million dollars recovered from banks around the world.
“We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters…that you don’t take
shortcuts or play by your own set of rules…” Michelle Obama.
Nigerians, be informed.
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When General Muhammadu Buhari took over power, embargo was placed on movement of money in and
out of Nigeria for the exercise of the changeover of the national currency, Somehow, the powers that be in
that regime sent General Buhari’s Aide de Camp, Major Jokolo to facilitate the entry of these 53 suitcases.
As a matter of fact, the Customs Officer who stood firmly against the entry of the contravening baggage
was redeployed. But even that action was dogged by allegations of bias coloured by ethnicity. Nasir El
Rufai, now an APC governorship candidate in Kaduna state put it better in a press statement: “In 1984,
Buhari allowed 53 suitcases belonging to his ADC’s father to enter Nigeria unchecked, at a time the
country was exchanging old currency for new ones,” El Rufai said. Buhari reportedly turned a blind eye to
that infraction because the person involved was a leading emir from the North.
Those who appraised Buhari objectively described him as a man “whose word was law, but whose
allegiances were clearly negotiable.”
“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money,
and that is sincerity and integrity” –Douglas Adams
Nigerians, can you really vouch for Buhari?
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Sad, sad, sad memories. Many people who were not from the North were
slaughtered after the 2011 election in the North because the General
Muhammadu Buhari lost the election. He could have curbed the violence but he
waited for days before public opinion forced him to make a statement on radio
condemning the violence. Can democracy thrive where violence reigns supreme?
Those who encourage rancor cannot be said to love this country more.
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Nigerians, you don’t need those who preach violence.
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It is a known fact that General Buhari prostitutes his political ambition by moving from party to party, with the sole aim of becoming the presidential candidate of any party he joins. First it was ANPP, then to CPC and now the Presidential candidate for APC. He is not prepared to serve under anyone else, definitely not under a southern candidate. On seeing that he would not be able to realize his ambition in any party, he would form a break away party where no one would challenge him as presidential candidate. He is certainly a man pursued by his ambition, not the common good of the people. “Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.”- Niccolo Machiavelli.
Nigerians, do not be fooled.
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General Mohammadu Buhari treated the Justice Oputa Commission
of Enquiry with unconcealed disdain. He refused to put in appearance even though complaints that were tabled against him involved a career of gross abuses of power and blatant assault on the fundamental human rights of the Nigerian citizenry. Can such flagrant disregard for our common resolve to discuss our past as a nation be found in a democrat? “Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of
truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress
truth.” – Liu Xiaobo.
Act of a true democrat?
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Remember decree 20 and the execution of 3 Nigerian citizens, Lawal Ojuolape, Bartholomew Owoh and Bernard Ogedengbe under a retroactive decree? Bernard Ogedengbe in particular, was executed for a crime that did not carry a capital punishment at the time it was committed despite pleas and protests from every international, private and human right groups the world over. Ask General Buhari again today, he will tell you he had no regret for taking that unGodly decision. “The justifications of men who kill should always be heard with skepticism.” – Patrick Ness
Nigerians, choose your leader wisely.
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Pa Adekunle Ajasin, Late Bola Ige, Chief Bisi Onabanjo, Alhaji Lateef Jakande were tried under a kangaroo court and sentenced to over 100 years imprisonment. Do note that all these former governors were found not guilty by the Courts who tried them, but the man at the top demanded many retrials until a guilty verdict was reached for all of them by the Courts. Also note that some politicians from the
North were aided to escape. “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent” – Mahatma Gandhi
South West Nigeria, be careful.
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Up till now, the achievements of Alhaji Lateef Jakande still remains a reference point in governance. Upon take over, General Muhammadu Buhari in 1983, not only cancelled the metroline project which would have eased the traffic and transportation challenges of Lagosians, he chose rather to pay a fine of $60million rather than guarantee $100million needed for the completion of the project. Soon after, he procured several Airplanes for the Nigeria Airways costing several millions.
“Being good is easy, what is important is being just.” – Victor Hugo
Nigerians want a leader with a good sense of judgement.
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During his regime, there was a clear decree against keeping of foreign accounts, but his
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance Alhaji Alhaji Alhaji ran foul of the law
with several undeclared foreign account. The Austrian escapade is still fresh in mind
where his lady companion made away with huge sum of foreign currency. Buhari also
allowed Awwal Ibrahim (Niger State governor), who was arrested in Heathrow Airport
in London with 14 million pounds sterling and several millions of Naira & dollars to be
under house arrest. But by contrast Fela Anikulapo languished in jail for years under that
same decree for having less than 10,000 dollars that he had legitimately received for the
immediate upkeep of his band. The judge in the case later apologized and confessed that
he was ordered to jail the famous musician regardless of his innocence.
“For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.”-Noam Chomsky
Nigerians do not deserve a repeat performance.
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Barely three months in power, General Mohammadu Buhari enacted Public
Officers (Protection Against False Accusation) Decree 4 of 12984 with which he
jailed two editors of The Guardian newspapers, Nduka Irabor and Tunde
Thompson for writing the truth. He said publicly that it did not matter if any of
the journalists wrote the TRUTH, as long as he and his junta did not like it, the
writers would go to jail. He promised he shall tamper with the freedom of the
press, and he kept that promise.
“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” –
George Washinton
Nigerians, do you want those dark days back?
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General Buhari also enacted the obnoxious Decree 2 of 1984 but backdated it to 31 December
1983. Yes, our very own conscience of the nation, late Dr. Tai Solarin was the first casualty for
speaking against government. Tai would stand at street corners, fearlessly distributing leaflets
that took up the gauntlet where media had dropped it out of fear. He was picked up, jailed and
denied access to his medications for his asthma. After he was left off the hook, his health
deteriorated. He fought the health battle but eventually succumbed to the cold hands of death as
a result of the complications arising from his asthma condition. Ironically, what Solarin said or
wrote at that time and was jailed for by that regime is nothing compared to things Buhari and his
cohorts say against this present administration.
“Governments that block the aspirations of their people…or that deny freedom of expression and human rights should bear in
mind that they will find it increasingly hard to escape the judgement of their own people…” – William Hague
Nigerians, May your rights never be trampled upon.
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Imagine this volatile statement coming from an acclaimed overnight democrat?
So who do we hold responsible for electoral violence if there is a breakdown of
law and order during the 2015 election? They have been beating the drums of
war, but Nigerians are wiser. Our unity is not negotiable.
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is
permanent” – Mahatma Gandhi
Nigerians have resolved to stay together, and so be it.
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The late Emir of Kano and Oni of Ife got humiliating treatment over their visit to
the State of Israel, tramping on their rights and privileges as Nigerian citizens to do
business with their partners. They were subjected on their return to a treatment fit
enough for errant pupils. So, where is the respect for our tradition and our
traditional rulers? Must they seek permission, as a free citizen, from the
government to be able to visit a foreign nation that was willing to
offer tourists a visa?
“It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by
the humiliation of their fellow beings.” – Mahatma Gandhi.
We need a leader that values our traditional institutions.
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What precisely was Ebenezer Babatope’s
crime during Buhari’s regime that he should have spent the entire tenure of that administration in detention without trial? He was never accused of, nor tried for any crime, much less found guilty. Babatope’s father died while he was in custody, but the dictator remained deaf to every plea that he be at least released to attend his father’s funeral. This was what people called “pointless insensitivity”, coming from a man who now aspires to rule our beloved country.
“Peace do not include a vendetta; there will be neither
winners nor losers.”- Ahmed Ben Bella
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