By Daniel Osaro
ABUJA- FORMER Federal Commissioner for Information and South South leader, Chief Edwin Clark, yesterday lampooned the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, retd who said that he will not probe leaders who have been overseeing Nigeria’s affairs from 1999 till date, saying that with that position, Buhari had nothing to offer Nigeria and not sincere with his anti- corruption crusade.
Addressing Journalists yesterday at his Asokoro residence, Abuja, Chief Clark said that Buhari’s declaration was an indication that him and others in the APC were bare- face liars, hypocrites, dishonest, insincere and lack integrity to govern Nigeria as a country, just as he stressed that his moves were to protect those around him whom he alleged were corrupt and facing charges in various forms.
The Elder Statesman called on President Goodluck Jonathan to as a matter of urgency sack the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde as well as carry out a total re- Organisation of the Commission if it must carry out effective discharge of its saddled responsibility of investigating and prosecuting corrupt Nigerians.
Clark who noted that the anti-graft agency has failed to prosecute corrupt persons past officials of government, stressed that the Commission only go after those involved in cyber and petty crimes.
The elder states man however listed as corrupt, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, former Governor of Kwara state, Senator Bukola Saraki, Governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi and former FCT minister, Nasir El Rufai, just as he said that because these Nigerians were in Buhari’s camp, he has now promised not to probe them if he becomes the President of the country.
Others on Clark’s list include, Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Kano state, Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso, former Governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu and former Governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako; Senator Danjuma Goje, Senator Saminu Turaki, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and Professor Babalola Borishade.
The APC Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari who spoke in Hausa in Kaduna during the zonal rally held at the International Trade Fair had said, “On the issue of past corrupt leaders facing trials in various courts across the country, I would allow the courts to decide on those cases, but whoever that is indicted of corruption between 1999 to the time of swearing-in, would be pardoned. I am going to draw a line, anybody who involved himself in corruption after I assume office, will face the music.”
According to the Chief Clark, the implication of Buhari’s statement was that those who were facing corrupt charges or alleged of corruption before May 29, 2015 would be pardoned and it was so because there was already a fight in the camp of APC, adding that those funding his campaign were beginning to question him whether he will prosecute them when he gets into power.
The Elder Statesman Clark who noted that Buhari changed the tune of his music as to when he will begin his fight against corruption because of the big names who are with him, said that the APC was not qualified to fight corruption contrary to what Buhari had said during his campaign.
Clark said, “General Muhammadu Buhari has always anchored his campaign promises on two planks: to wipe out insecurity and corruption. With the renewed offensive against the terrorists leading to the killing and dislodgement of the Boko Haran anarchists, the first campaign plank of Buhari has been given a technical knock-out by President Goodluck Jonathan and the whole world is witnessing the reclaiming of all territories hitherto held by Boko Haram.
“This leaves him on a one-legged platform. Again on the remaining plank; corruption, General Buhari himself got jittery and gave himself another technical knock-out when he said that he will not probe past leaders. With this development, Buhari has conceded that he has nothing more to offer the good people of this country.
“I am puzzled to hear Buhari say that ‘whoever has been indicted o corruption between 1999 to the time of hid swearing-in would be pardoned. According to him, like a village sports man, he will draw a line, anybody who involves himself in corruption after he assumes office on May 29, 2015 will face the music, while no matter how corrupt a person has been before then, he/she would be asked to go and sin no more.
“One wonders if the man, Buhari knows what the law says about corruption. Will General Muhammadu Buhari’s proclamation take the effect of law?
“The declaration of Buhari clearly shows that he and his co-travellers in APC are bare-face liars, hypocrites, dishonest, insincere and lack integrity simply because they want power and are bent on pursuing to psychotic level.
“What is Buhari really afraid of? Why is he promising a blanket pardon to all corrupt office holders before the election? Is that his new selling point? Supposing it was possible for Buhari to win election which is not, can he start the fight against corruption with himself and his APC cohort since most of them are already standing trial in court.Why can’t he be bold enough to colla spode by its name? I believe that 0 corrupt person by whatever name is still 0 corrupt person. And there are more corrupt people in the society today who
ore members of the APC. Suffice to quickly take 0 mental excursion into the allegations against a few of them if Buhari is oblivious of these facts.
On allegation of corruption against Obasanjo, Tinubu, others, Chief Clark who said he was waiting for them to drag him to court, specifically stated that when Buhari was the Federal Commissioner of Petroleum, the sum of USD 2.8 billion went missing under his watch.
According to him, all the allegations against the eminent leaders of APC were within the knowledge of the anti graft agencies but were not being investigated and prosecuted spiritedly.
According to him, “had the agencies charged with fighting corruption been up and doing, no one will accuse President Jonathan of not doing enough to fight corruption. Given that nothing substantial is being done, one is primed to advise Mr. President to immediately reorganize the EFCC for effective discharge of its mandate.
“In all advanced democracies, anti-graft agencies would swing into action following the kind of revelations and allegations against most people walking free on our streets today. Unfortunately, our own anti graft agencies have simply adopted a ‘sidon look’ position”.
On former President Obasanjo, he said, “One recalls that in a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) against the former president Obasanjo, he was accused of robbing the country of over USD$900 billion and about N 1 .4 trillion.
“According to the petition, between 2000 and 2006, Nigeria lost over USD$130 billion unaccounted revenue when Obasanjo illegally superintended over the Ministry of Petroleum Resources as its Minister while holding sway as Nigerian President. It further noted that the cost of corruption under Chief Olusegun Obasanjo reached. earth- shaking proportions as Obasanjo withdrew well over N 1 trillion “unauthorized and unappropriated by the National· Assembly from the NNPC and federation occounts.” adding that it regarded those withdrawals as gross economic and financial crime.”
On Buhari, Chief Clark said, “As Federal commissioner (Minister) of petroleum, the sum of USD$2.8 billion dollars’ went missing under his watch. It has become clearer now that the Shagari government (1979-1983), incurred Buhari’s wrath when it decided to investigate the USUSD$2.8 billion 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. The late Senator Olusola Saraki headed the Senate Committee set up to trace the stolen money after some three years of clamour for such an investigation by members of the civil society. The Committee’s report was presented to the Senate during the tail end of Shagari’s regime in 1983, so the House decided to deal with the matter and expose the military head of the NNPC soon after the 1983 general elections. But Buhari and his co coup plotters overthrew that government and that ended the probe.”
On Tambuwal he said, “While former Speaker Dimeji Bankole was arrested by the EFCC in his house, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal was noted to have hid himself over night in the chambers of the House to evade arrest for alleged corrupt practices as the then Deputy whip of the House of Representatives. Thereafter, he was elected the speaker. Why has the EFCC not concluded the investigation into those allegations? What did he really do? Nigerians need to know, what happened that a whole Honourable Aminu Tambuwal would evade arrest by a law enforcement agency.”
Source: Vanguard NG
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