Why Buhari’s war against corruption may fail


Niran Adedokun
Nigeria has recently embarked on something which its leadership describes as a war against corruption. I do not know whether it is by design or by mere happenstance but the series of events which government and its agents fly as posters for the success of combating corruption are unworthy of what a people, having any hope for an enduring change in ethos, would give more than a token of credit to.

But Nigerians love drama and this administration, due to either its own deficient grasp of the issues or a deliberate effort at exciting the people. They have provided nothing beyond quality entertainment in the naming and shaming without repatriation that we have seen since former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki. He is the alleged mainspring for most of the sleaze that characterised the immediate past administration, became a resident in one government custodial or the other for about 16 months now.

Dasuki, a Sokoto prince and retired military officer, is said to be the channel through which about $2.2bn allegedly meant for the purchase of equipment for the Nigerian military found its way into pockets of a plethora of government officials who took care of the electoral fortunes of the former ruling Peoples Democratic Party or had some personal demonic appetite for cash.

But for the isolated case of the former Managing Director of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Patrick Akpobolokemia,  said to have funnelled N2.6bn of national resources to assorted criminal outlets and a few others, virtually everyone recently accused of complicity in corrupt practices sourced their lucre from Dasuki’s overflowing pool.

Yet, this case has gained no motion in over one year while the trials of a lot of his beneficiaries have progressed significantly. Think of Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Chief Olisa Metuh, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode amongst others. Although none of the cases mentioned here or any other high profile corruption case initiated by the Buhari administration has reached determination, it is worrisome that the matter involving the originator of it all has, like water in a stagnant pond, become stale and stenchy.

Which is an irreconcilable irony. Consider the symbolism of having determined the Dasuki case and finding the man guilty of all or just some of the offences he is alleged to have committed. Although reports of an agreement to consolidate the charges against him may bring some traction to the case, that the Principium of every corruption case has remained unresolved is ample testimony of the paltry accomplishment of the much advertised war. Read in full

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