Gov Buni’s Scandals and Buhari’s Battle In opposition to Corruption (1), By Dahiru Hassan Kera


Having a quiz at the gathering of times he tried to develop into a democratically elected President of Nigeria and his subsequent abysmal mess ups, it’s evident that what gave President Buhari the sting over others who contested in opposition to him in 2015, specifically the then incumbent President Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Receive collectively, PDP, became once his fanatic cult of followers and consistent promise of combating corruption if voted into vitality. It’s subsequently disheartening that this same cult followership and what in hindsight amounts to empty talk has develop into the bane of Nigeria’s boost and economic constructing.

It is a favorite indisputable reality that earlier than the 2015 frequent election, Nigerians no subject their class or creed, including some serving within the then PDP government were optimistic that Buhari would if voted into vitality, stem the tide of corruption and all forms of illicit monetary engagements identified as the most cancers that has been eating deeply into the garment of the Country’s aspirations. Luckily for him, he rode on that to eradicate the hearts of Nigerians and subsequently won the election.

Maybe, the cliche that extra strengthened the expectations of the easier segment of Nigerians became once the iconic line in his inaugural speech where he declared that ‘I belong to all people and I belong to no one’. At that level, it looked as if this line is a justification for the eventual emergence of Buhari but it gave folks the fickle hope that he became once going to be persistent and fair in his force to fight the gruesome menace of corruption.

Unfortunately, it didn’t grasp too prolonged into the run, for Nigerians to know that they would maybe perchance also merely enjoy backed the unsuitable horse as Buhari’s whole anti-corruption marketing campaign purchased draped within the toga of memoir and mirage.

Nigerians soon realised that the anticipated anti-corruption czar became once in actuality an illusionist who became once soon to be whitewashed with several unfolding conditions of corruption, even more pungent than it became once ever viewed below the embattled stale head of the anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu. Other an identical, but glaring conditions soon adopted exposing the rot of corruption in this government.

They are saying corruption has too many faces. That is correct of the Buhari administration as even the picks that the President and his event enjoy made and are peaceable making are critically laced with forms of corruption. As an illustration, it beats sane imagination why a serving governor would possibly maybe be appointed to head a political event. Effectively, that’s going down in Buhari’s Nigeria.

I can contend that if there’s any particular person in government who is doing more effort than correct to the Buhari administration within the eyes of the final public, it’s the Yobe Express Governor, Mai-Mala Buni who’s additionally the Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC. But like a horse destined for death, the President and his event were deafened to the truth unfolding factual in entrance of them.

Even though, its by no methodology my arrangement to exercise this text to dwell mighty on the implications and ripples assemble of the visiting governor of Yobe states usurpation of the affairs of APC, but his link with corruption and enlighten obsession with those whose photos were dented for dipping their hands into our shared patrimony is becoming too smelly even for APC faithfuls. Merely put, Buni is concentrating on pass members of somewhat a few parties, stale Ministers of Aviation below the PDP regime, Femi Fani Kayode and Sen. Stella Odua whose name became once talked about in most modern Pandora scandals – birds of the same feathers flock collectively.

Just no longer too prolonged ago, an on-line media, Sahara Reporters published a harmful investigative account on how Mr. Buni became once caught up in a Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) scandal. The usage of documents gleaned from the CCB and somewhat a few sources including the Presidency in step with the document to toughen their claims, Sahara Reporters alleged that, he became once involved in what it most frequently known as “anticipatory declaration”, a criminal offence below the CCB legislation.

But for the immunity afforded him by the structure, somebody with that kind of extreme baggage of corruption allegations following him spherical must peaceable no longer be going about as a free man. It turns into even unfathomable when one considers that this is going down in a government that claims to be combating corruption.

No doubt, somebody of Mr Buni alleged grime must peaceable be no longer anyplace discontinuance to his event’s affairs to no longer squawk presiding over it as the Chairman. Unfortunately, Buhari’s corruption marketing campaign doesn’t embody holding folks, specifically his pals to blame for taking part in spoiled practices and that’s why Buni continues to parade himself as the APC national chairman. Sad!

But that’s no longer even the worst of it. In a uncover to know and notify the truth, my curiosity compelled me to habits a transient background take a look at on Buni’s ancient past, and it published that he’s neither from a rich family nor became once he ever a successful businessman. So, if Buni by no methodology inherited huge wealth nor became once he ever a successful businessman, where within the realm did he fabricate the wealth he’s brandishing? How did he internet the resources he has declared? Your wager is correct as mine.

On the different hand, while I’m going away you to ponder, let me lay down some info for you. First, Buni became once easiest a stale Ward Councilor, a Special Assistant to the stale governor of Yobe Express H.E. Ibrahim Gaidam from where he modified into the National Secretary of the APC in 2014, six years after he modified into the Governor of Yobe Express in 2019. But, he declared huge resources including Homes, preference plots of land, Filling Stations, Farm landands, automobiles, huge amounts of money within the banks that are clearly near more than he would possibly maybe also enjoy earned in his old employment as a Special Assistant within the Authorities of Yobe Express and it didn’t elevate any suspicion? This can easiest happen in Nigeria and sadly, below the quiz of President Buhari, the self acclaimed Mr Integrity.

The revelation by Sahara Reporters is simply too weighty and anxious to dismiss or swept below the carpet. No particular particular person must peaceable be bigger than this Nation and the extant regulations of the land. Dazzling like the stale Senate President, Bukola Saraki became once subjected to scrutiny by the CCB, Buni’s allegations too must peaceable be throughly investigated and if he’s chanced on wanting, be made to face the acceptable sanctions. Buni’s case must peaceable no longer be like that of the APC leader, Bola Ahmed Tunibu who became once additionally fingered in a case of resources declaration but the subject became once made to correct fizzle away into skinny air. If this circle of excessive stage duvet up is allowed to fester, ancient past would possibly maybe also no longer ever forgive President Buhari and the recognition of the CCB will forever hang in steadiness.

Within the end, while Nigerians are waiting to witness the actions that government will grasp on the subject, let me invite you to quiz out for my next article where I promise to procure; an intensive web page by web page prognosis of Mr Buni’s Cash and assests as declared in his 27 web page CCB assest declaration manufacture as exposed by Sahara Reporters, write on Mr Buni’s academic qualifications and why he is going spherical cajoling and arm twisting those standing corruption trials to hitch the APC and perchance enjoy their allegations quashed. Pointless to snort this has been compounding the present considerations of the event, specifically because it has didn’t nicely figure out a reconciliatory framework, and can additionally X-ray how Mr Buni has left Yobe Express within the lurch, in spite the glaring and mountainous security challenges hiss, we is always gallivanting somewhat a few states and Abuja which has develop into his center of operation.

Gaze you!

Kera, a journalist writes from Kaduna.

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