The raging information just like the raging killing pandemic in Nigeria is the presidential probe of Ibrahim Magu, Nigeria’s anti-corruption boss of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC), our very highly effective anti- corruption flagship.
In journalism, there is a typical saying that ‘when a canine bites a person it’s no information, however when a person bites a canine ‘then that’s information. That basically is the plight of the person on the helm of affairs of the EFCC within the current FGN dedicated anti-corruption conflict. To me, his trial is proof that the Buhari authorities has not gone to sleep on its self-set objective to battle corruption to a standstill, because it has definitely performed on the problem of safety and provide of electrical energy to Nigerians.
At the moment, my focus is on the anti- corruption conflict in Nigeria and I say once more that the trial of the EFCC boss in the presidency with the media locked out however with information and allegations of corruption filtering out in a media trial of types, exhibits fairly clearly that there is no such thing as a sacred cow within the Buhari authorities anti – corruption conflict. As typical, I count on the opposition PDP to assault the federal government extra on corruption. However now that the EFCC boss himself is being probed and a governorship aspirant of the ruling APC in Edo State, Mr Ize Iyamu is in court docket on allegations of fraud of 700m naira, so quickly after the ruling get together guber primaries, I do not see how the PDP can nonetheless insist that the federal government is simply hounding opposition figures in its anti- corruption conflict.
Actually conflict, any conflict, is a messy bloody enterprise on any entrance and on any challenge and a few smart man has cracked properly that ‘conflict is politics continued by different means ‘. That’s the strategy I take on right this moment’s evaluation of occasions and points within the final week. Of course we are going to talk about this Magu Probe. I’ll additionally talk about the praises showered on the outgoing Chinese language Ambassador in Nigeria by the Nigerian authorities praising China for its enormous infrastructural assist for Nigeria throughout the tenure of the Chinese language diplomat in Nigeria. We will additionally take a look at the American President Donald Trump’s July Four Independence Day speech wherein he actually declared conflict on these he referred to as anarchists destroying statues of nice People and wherein he condemned these he stated are utilizing the’ Cancel Tradition ‘ to denigrate and desecrate American heroes and stifle free speech within the US. This actually shouldn’t be solely Trump’s personal anti-corruption conflict, it’s the foundation of his marketing campaign to be reelected within the November 2020 presidential elections simply 4 months away. These then are the problems we are going to decipher right this moment.
Certainly the trial of the EFCC boss has proven that corruption can actually battle again powerfully not solely from exterior of authorities however even inside it, because the probe has proven. Actually, the prosecutor on this Magu Probe is the Lawyer Common of the Federation Mr. Abubakar Malami SAN, who’s the Chief Authorized officer of the land. It is noteworthy that a part of the allegations towards the EFCC boss was the reported leaking of particulars of the EFCC instances to the media as properly as insubordination.
Now, the EFCC boss is having a dose of his medication even although the media thus far has been barred from his trial. Of course some senators who’ve instances with the EFCC will be pleased with the predicament of the anti -corruption boss, however that absolutely is pretend information, as a result of with or with out him in cost, the federal government via its Chief Authorized Officer, has proven that there is no such thing as a sacred cow within the conflict towards corruption, and the legislature shouldn’t be a authorized sanctuary towards corruption on this authorities. That certainly was why the Senate by no means authorised Magu’s appointment as required by regulation as he has been appearing ever since he was appointed earlier than his rumored suspension and current predicament. His trial and the stunning revelations have proven that he has not heard of the Shakespearian injunction that ‘Caesar’s spouse should be above reproach‘. All the identical, he ought to be given a good trial in response to the rule of regulation and presumed harmless till confirmed in any other case. That is the one manner that authorities can present that within the battle towards corruption, which is a serious objective of this authorities; ’these who stay in glass homes ought to not throw stones‘. That definitely is the ethical of this evolving EFCC probe saga.
We go now to the commendation of the Chinese language Ambassador by Nigeria officers praising China for infrastructural assist in Nigeria. Nothing improper with that besides that he ought to have been reminded that Nigerians are shocked by the messy remedy given Nigerian college students in China on the outbreak of his world pandemic which US President Donald Trump has referred to as a Chinese language virus. Nigerian college students in China have been racially discriminated towards and a few ejected from campuses. That is a sore and ugly story on China.
Secondly on, China’s assist isn’t any free lunch and authorities ought to be cautious as a result of the Chinese language all the time make certain their loans are paid as at when due and don’t give free loans. They have seized airports and sea ports from some nations in Asia which couldn’t redeem their loans when due. Even in Nigeria they’ve been hostile in treating Nigerian staff and plenty of Nigerians should not pleased with that. The Ambassador ought to have been advised that on his manner out that Nigerians deserve respect each right here at house and extra so in China as residents of a sovereign nation with equal rights with any Chinese language in any half of the world. That actually is the essence of diplomacy and the obligation of diplomats all over the world.
We go on to the US the place in a moderately fascinating method US President Donald Trump intentionally forgot the pandemic and declared conflict on these he referred to as the unconventional left on July 4. In his extensively revealed speech he stated ‘We are actually within the course of of defeating the unconventional left, the anarchist, the agitators, the looters‘ and folks he stated had no clue on what they are doing. Of course the American individuals by now know that their president is an uncommon one and a perennial verbal conflict monger on many points together with the pandemic and his weapon of alternative, peculiar to him is Tweeter, a expertise that appeared firstly of his tenure and which he has used massively and successfully to battle the opposition towards him until the raging pandemic broke his stride within the run as much as this November presidential election.
Trump is making an attempt his finest to deride the achievements and protests of Black Lives Matter by diverting consideration to historical past and the preservation of statues of former American presidents, generals and politicians whose statues and legacies are being pulled down as a result of that they had slaves of their time. It is a quick political diversion and it’s his personal manner of salvaging his reelection plans, particularly, as his opponents are utilizing his dealing with and defiance of the severity of the pandemic to marketing campaign furiously towards him. This has made the election 4 months away a do or die matter for each events on this November presidential election. If Trump will get to win and be reelected this yr, he definitely will be regarded because the Houdini of US Politics and his statue will absolutely be within the Backyard of Heroes he promised on July 4 2020 to create in 2021. Which means he’s assured of reelection in November 2020.
As soon as once more, From the fury of this raging pandemic, Good Lord ship Nigeria.