By: Farooq Kperogi –
The latest thunderbolt from the Head of Service of the Federation that President Buhari was actually aware of, and perhaps even countenanced, the reinstatement and promotion of Abdulrahseed Maina against her counsel is probably the final nail in the coffin of the Buhari administration’s rib-tickling pretense to being an “anti-corruption” government.
“I sought audience with His Excellency, Mr. President on Wednesday, 11th October, 2017 after the FEC meeting where I briefed His Excellency verbally on the wide-ranging implications of the reinstatement of Mr. A. A. Maina, especially the damaging impact on the anti-corruption stance of this administration,” the HoS wrote in a memo to the President’s Chief of Staff, which was leaked to the press today. So Buhari did KNOW about this indefensibly scandalous subversion of justice but feigned surprise and outrage ONLY because the matter became public knowledge and was greeted with widespread condemnation. That’s a smoking gun right there! It also helps to contextualize and explain Buhari’s initial reluctance, even resistance, to fire Babachir David Lawal (whom he had actually defended in writing with lies!) and his choice to protect other corrupt fat cats in his kitchen cabinet.
Sahara Reporters also reported today on its Twitter handle that “Buhari’s Min of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau directly told @ officialEFCC officer in charge of Maina’s case to destroy case file.”
I knew Buhari never intended to truly fight corruption the moment he reneged on his promise to publicly and fully declare his assets and compel his appointees to do the same. In my “Notes from Atlanta” column in the Daily Trust of June 13, 2015 titled “Mishandling of Asset Declaration May Doom Buhari’s President” (that was when I still cautiously nursed the hope that Buhari would work to make good his promise to “change” governance in Nigeria), I wrote: “The social and cultural basis of Buhari’s legitimacy and popularity revolve around the notion of his transparency and incorruptibility. But the secretiveness, disingenuousness and overall informational poverty of the handling of the asset declaration issue is eroding Buhari’s very credibility and giving people cause for what psychologists call post-decision cognitive dissonance. If this issue is not handled artfully and transparently, it will set the tone for his entire presidency” (see link below)
This government is an embodiment of multi-layered chicanery, and it is unraveling before the world. There is only so far you can go with unintelligent prevarications and propaganda. Every lie has an expiration date. I think we’re getting to the expiration date of the lies of this government.