13th of September, 2023.
Posted by: Prince Ahmed Hassan (TOHA)
BY: PROF. MIKE OZEKHOME, SAN, CON, OFR, FCIArb, LL.M, Ph.D, LL.D, D.Litt
This is the sixth trench of our writeup on Buharocracy- a corruptive and
disruptive genre of democracy. It is a concept that dwells on hypocrisy,
laziness, narcism, opaqueness, corruption, lack of vision; directionless and
cluelessness. Ozekpedia has so far explained the meaning, plenitude,
amplitude, depth and breadth of this amoebic and hydra-headed pseudo
democratic concept. We have, from part 5, commenced dealing with
specifics. We have just finished insecurity, parlous economy that Buhari
dragged into recession.
Today, we will talk about anti-corruption, one of his tripodal mantra he used
in winning elections in 2015. Insecurity and economy, Buhari failed
dismally. Let us now look at his anti-corruption mantra.
BUHARI: THE ANTI – CORRUPTION OR CORRUPTION CZAR?
The self acclaimed anti – corruption Czar, who fought his way to power
by deceiving Nigerians about corruption failed in this aspect.
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Currently, Hon. Serguis Ogun, member of an ad-hoc committee of the
House of Representatives, is carrying out an investigation into the
controversial fuel subsidy issue. The House submitted that at least, 40
and 45 million litres daily is being consumed by Nigerians, but NNPC Ltd
uses between 65 and 100 litre per day to determine subsidy charges.
The lacuna in this figures computation parades one of the climaxes of
corruption in the Buhari administration. Hon. Ogun moved a motion in
the House of Representatives that there is evidence that subsidy was
charged in duplicate; yet Buhari did nothing other than to sign the
subsidy increment to 4 trillion.
There is also a problem of oil theft. Petroleum products are still stolen
in large scales. Many prominent Nigerians own illegal oil blocks, where
they siphon crude oil and sell in huge quantity and sums. Why would
certain pampered individuals own oil wells in a Country whose
economy depends on oil?.
Nigeria has even failed to meet its OPEC production quota of 1.8 million
barrels per day. We still export about 1.25 mpd. Oil theft continues to
be at its peak. What do we want to make out of all this sham?
The anti – corruption war by Buhari has been adjudged one – sided.
While the Attorney General of the Federation unduly interfered in
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some criminal trials of top officials of government, the EFCC and ICPC
on the other hand fight a selective anti – corruption. The war against
corruption has been sacrificed on the altar of political, religious and
ethnic sentiments. It has been sabotaged by Buhari.-
corruption.html?tztc=1; EFCC, ICPC officials accuse Buhari of sabotaging
fight against corruption; April 18, 2022
The AGF’s intervention in the Danjuma Goje alleged N25 billion
corruption trial by the EFCC – traded off by this administration on the
altar of political expediency in the Senate, will continue to raise
questions about the sincerity of Buhari’s anti-corruption fight.
It is only in Nigeria that a senator on a criminal trial proposed a bill for
amendment of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 – for
compulsory submission of all case files to the AGF for advicee. The EFCC
and ICPC chairmen even opposed the bill during the public hearing.
There is an old proverb which says show me your friend, and I will tell
you who you are. A serving member of Buhari’s cabinet, Bashir Magashi
of the Defence Ministry, refunded $400,000, out of $550,000, to the
Federal Government from a frozen account in 2001, held on his behalf
at the Jessy, UK branch of Bank PNB Paribus. This was money acquired
from illegal crude oil allocation during the Sani Abacha regime. The
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administration shielded APC corrupt members.-
ozekhome/; FG shielding corrupt APC members – Ozekhome; May,
The low ranking of Nigeria in Transparency International’s Corruption
Perception Index, (154 out of 180 countries in 2021); the endemic fraud
in constituency projects by members of the National Assembly with no
lawmaker held to account; the grass-cutting contract for which a
former Secretary to the Government of the Federation was prosecuted;
the N523 million school feeding scandal during the 2020 just COVID-19
lock-down; and even the president’s signature scandal – to mention just
a few- astound Nigerians.
The presidential pardon granted by the Council of State to former
Governors Joshua Dariye and Jolly Nyame, the only ex-governors
convicted for corruption under Buhari, conflicted with Buhari’s avowed
commitment to the fight against corruption.-
knocks-buhari-over-pardon-for-dariye-nyame/amp/; Ozekhome Knocks
Buhari over Pardon for Dariye, Nyame; 16th April, 2022.
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Also, the recommendation by the Presidential Advisory Committee on
Prerogative of Mercy, chaired by the AGF, that Francis Atuche, a former
Bank chief executive be released after just a year in jail, out of his six-
year jail term for stealing N25.7 billion, comes to mind.
Nigerians are very innovative, so innovative that it was in the Buhari
government that we first heard of the words “Budget padding”. In
2016, budget was passed running into hundreds of billions. Since then,
budgets have always been padded up till the last one over 21 trillion
Where are all the recovered – Abach – looted funds under the Buhari led
administration? Have the government accounted for same to Nigerians
till date? I am not aware. Or, are you?
All the external Covid 19 relief funds from international communities
and donor organizations were brazenly stolen. What about the fake
Nigerian Air? Haba. Let us tell ourselves the truth for once.
The Buhari administration introduced the unpopular grazing policy
which encouraged herders to carry out war against farmers. Many lives
have been lost to this continuous ambush. Thank God that for the first
time, some powerful Southern Governors stood against Buhari, and
frontally accused him of using and – grabbing tactics to disinherit
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Some of the armed groups created by pampered the farmers-herders
attacks have since transitioned into violent motorcycle-riding bandits
targeting communities in the North-West and Central states. Kidnap is
now a multi – billion crime to engage in. Nobody is safe again. What a
DEBT SURGE: HOW BUHARI SCAMMED NIGERIANS
The APC came into power with a myopic ideology of “debt is good – no
government strives without debts”. Oh spare me this narrative. If debt
is good, the question is, have you been paying back? Nigeria now
borrows to service debts.
It is now clear to all the economic stakeholders that the country is on
the verge of collapse due to its economic meltdown. According to the
Debt Management Office (DMO), in its Fourth Quarter report of 2022,
Nigeria’s debt hovers around N46.25 trillion. It reported that the
domestic debt stock was N27.55 trillion, while external debt stock was
18.70 trillion (USD 41.69 billion) as of December, 2022.
This is an administration that met a debt of merely N12.6 trillion. How
would a person borrow money to fund yearly budget without any
means of paying back?. The projected budgets deficits stands at N47.73
trillion from 2015 to 2023 according to the Debt Management Office.
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The stock has since increased to 77 trillion due to the securitization of
the ways and means of the facility to the tune of N22.7 trillion. The
borrowing by the Buhari was alarming and shameful.
The hearts of Nigeria “Yes – Sir” Senate approved $800 million loan
from the World Bank, to finance the National Social Safety Network
Programme, allegedly to soften the blow of fuel subsidy removal! Haba!
No shame at all!
On April 19, 2023, barely a month to Buhari’s government’s expiration,
the Federal Execution Council (FEC), chaired by the former Vice-
President, Yemi Osinbajo, approved numerous contracts amounting to
over N100 million. To do what with it now? Where would the money be
sourced from? The most abysmal of all: on 23rd May, 2023, (barely
days to go), President Buhari requested the Senate to approve the
following sums: $566,754,584.31, E98, 526,012.00, and N226,
281,801,881.64; all purportedly for settlement of judgement debts
allegedly owed by the Federal Government. Was Buhari sleeping all this
while? Or, should we call him “sleepy –Baba”?. Thank God, power is
ephemeral. – https://mikeozekhomeschambers.com/nigerian-leaders-
and-the-ephemerality-of-power/. Nigerians are worried over this
unending debts, what do we do?. – https://dailytrust.com/afe-babalola-
ozekhome-express-worry-over-nigerias-debt-profile/; Afe Babalola,
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Ozekhome Express Worry Over Nigeria’s Debt Profile; 21 st October,
Take a deep breath: someone came and ruled you for 8 years,
borrowed monies you and your unborn generation would pay, rode in
affluence and power, abused you, starved you and mocked you at the
end of the administration by borrowing for his take home, what would
you call that?. Let me use pidgin: that one no pass scam?-
buhari-seeks-senates-nod-for-n704bn-judgement-debts/; Four days to
go: Ozekhome cautions as Buhari seeks Senate’s nod for N704bn
judgement debts; 25th May, 2023
HATE SPEECH AND THE DEATH PENALTY
It was in Buhari’s government that we first heard of the word – “Hate
Speech”. The government hated any person that antagonized it,
whether constructive or otherwise.-
freedom-speech-ozekhome/?amp=1; NEWs; Buhari has taken food
from our table, wants to take freedom of speech – Ozekhome; Feb. 6,
The hate speech bill passed its first reading on November 12, 2019,
sponsored by Senator Aliyu Sabi, the Deputy Chief Whip. When
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Nigerians were shocked when we heard that the penalty was a death
sentence. “I had prayed that it was a mere moonlight tale, the type
described as a “tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying
nothing” (Macbeth, upon hearing about the death if his wife, in William
Shakespeare’s epic, by the same title, Act 5, Scene 5, Lines 16-27).
The bill was a clear violation of section 39 of the 1999 Constitution of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as altered, and Article 19 of the African
Charter on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR).-
ANTI – JUDICIARY: BUHARI’S PERSECUTION AND BLATANT
DISOBEDIENCE TO COURT ORDERS
Buhari always talked about due adherence to the rule of law, he
crusades obedience to court order and even shamelessly reiterate
same on several occasions – Yet, his government was always guilty of
Judicial non – compliance. From unlawful adherence to anything anti –
Judiciary. The government was clearly an enemy of the Rule of Law.-
of-law-as-cdhr-turns-30/amp/; Ozekhome laments government’s
defiance for rule of law, as CDHR turns 30; 9th April, 2019
EL – ZAKZAKY’S CONTINUED DETENTION
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Ibraheem El – Zakzaky and his wife were arrested in December 2015,
following an altercation between IMN in Zaria and the Nigerian Army,
Justice Gabriel Kolawole, (JCA), then of the Federal High, Abuja, on
December 2, 2015, granted an order for their release and payment of
N50 million to them as compensation. The order was blatantly
Justice Daruis Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court also granted an
Order seeking leave to seek medical attention in New Delhi, India. The
couple left and returned within a week – only to continue custody in the
DSS. What for?- https://dailypost.ng/2019/07/28/el-zazakky-
allah/…; El-Zazakky: Ozekhome blasts Buhari govt for proscribing Shi’ite,
tells him to ban Miyetti Allah; 28th July, 2019
The former presidential candidate and publisher of Sahara Reporters,
was granted bail pending appeal, by Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal
High Court, for his charges; but the Buhari – led government refused to
comply. Sowore had filed a case against the DSS. We lent our voice to
this absurdity – https://pmnewsnigeria.com/2019/08/05/mike-
ozekhome-blasts-buhari-over-sowores-arrest/?amp=1; Mike Ozekhome
blasts Buhari over Sowore’s arrest; 5th August 2019. (To be continued).