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Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by Racoon(m): 11:05am On Jul 25
Saturday, July 25, 2020

By Farooq A. Kperogi, Ph.D.

Twitter: @farooqkperogi

To be sure, there was never a time in Nigeria’s history when corruption was not an issue. In fact, corruption can be said to be one of Nigeria’s congenital birth defects. Nonetheless, in all the years that Nigeria has existed, I don’t recall a time when corruption has been as over-poweringly pernicious in its depth, breadth, rottenness, impunity, and frequency as it has been in the last five years.



There is no one in the Buhari regime who isn’t stealing astronomical amounts of money and luxuriating in epicurean pleasures while the vast majority of the people slide deeper into punishingly crushing poverty. The only "honest" person in the regime is the uncaught one.

An emergent & increasingly defining feature of the regime is that its honchos entertain the country with whirlingly blinding accusations & counter accusations of eyewatering corruption against each other.

Abubakar Malami says Ibrahim Magu is an unconscionable “relooter” of recovered loot,while Magu says Malami is a worse crook than he is.And that in addition to his crookedness, he abuses his position to featherbed his corrupt friends.

 From the Ministry of Power to the Ministry of Works, from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to the Ministry of Finance, from the NSITF to the NDDC, from the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) (where N100 billion “vanished in one year”) to everything in between, corruption is prowling menacingly unchallenged.

People who made pious noises about probity and morality, who rode to popularity on the strength of their preaching against the comparatively smaller corruption of past administrations, are now neck-deep in the nadir of some of the worst forms of venality we have seen in the country.


Now people are desensitized to news of corruption. Everyone has concluded that the Buhari regime will go down in the records as the most malodorous manure for corruption in Nigeria. Most people think it’s ironic that corruption is thriving profusely in the government of a man who likes to superfluously draw attention to his putative intolerance of corruption, who claims to embody “integrity,” and who promised to make Nigeria’s governmental soil infertile for graft.

Well, people who are astonished by the malodor of corruption that’s wafting from every crevice of the regime haven’t been paying attention to Buhari’s character. Since 2016 when it wasn’t popular to do so, I have called Nigerians’ attention to a major character flaw in Buhari that conduces to the luxuriation of corruption.

For instance, in a December 24, 2016 column titled, “Tragicomedy of a Corrupt ‘Anti-Corruption’ Government,” I wrote the following: “In spite of the awful performance of the Buhari government on the economic front so far, it was usual for people to say that the one thing that was still going for the government was the president’s integrity and intolerance of corruption. No more.

“The past few weeks have shown that the president isn’t the anti-corruption crusader Nigerians thought he was. Both the optics and the substance of his ‘anti-corruption’ fight would go down in the annals, at least so far, as the most brazenly compromised and selective since the restoration of democratic rule in 1999.

“As corrupt as the Jonathan administration was, it was once railroaded by the force of public opinion to ‘accept the resignation’ of former Aviation Minister Mrs. Stella Odua over her controversial purchase of BMW armored cars worth $1.6 million. Even Obasanjo, not exactly an apotheosis of integrity, fired a number of his ministers accused of corruption.

“But a man who rode to power on the strength of his credentials as a dogged anti-corruption fighter is looking the other way when his close aides are accused of corruption.

The president, it’s now obvious, is only interested in fighting corruption if only his political opponents are the accused.So we have graduated from ‘stealing is not corruption’ under Jonathan to a state of corruption is not corruption when the people accused of it belong to the president's ‘anointed.’

“Firm, undeniable evidentiary proofs of Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai's alleged corruption have been published. So have Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau's, and now Babachir David Lawal's. Rotimi Amaechi has been accused of bribing judges, and Abba Kyari has been accused of accepting a N500 million-naira bribe from MTN, among others.

“The president’s first public reaction to allegations of ethical impropriety against his associates was to defend them, a privilege he doesn’t extend to others. ‘Terrible and unfounded comments about other people’s integrity are not good,’ he said through his media adviser. ‘We are not going to spare anybody who soils his hands, but people should please wait till such individuals are indicted.’


“But he appears to be ‘sparing’ some sacred cows.SGF Babachir David Lawal of the multimillion naira ‘grass-cutting’ infamy is the latest sacred cow enjoying privileged presidential protection. The evidence against him is so demonstrably damning that a serious anti-corruption government would fire him forthwith and prosecute him later.

“People who are intimate with President Buhari told me several months ago that he was morally & temperamentally unsuited to fight corruption.They said the undue premium the president places on ‘personal loyalty’ have caused him to ignore, excuse, and even defend the corruption of his close associates.

“I was regaled with troubling tales of the mind-boggling corruption against close, loyal aides that he swept under the carpet at the PTF, The Buhari Organization (TBO), and at the defunct CPC. Babachir Lawal was a dominant figure in CPC; he knows President Buhari well enough to know that nothing will happen to him for all his villainous rape of vulnerable IDPs in Borno and Yobe as long as he can impress the president that he is irrevocably ‘loyal’ to him.

“I had hoped that the president would learn lessons from his past and change— at least for the sake of his personal legacy, given that he is old and has the privilege of a second chance to rule Nigeria. Apparently, I was naive.  Now ‘anti-corruption fight’ has become the sauciest joke in Buhari's Nigeria.”

You would think I wrote the above column a few days ago, not almost four years ago. Even though Babachir David Lawal was grudgingly fired on October 30, 2017, he has not been indicted to this day and is still a denizen of the Presidential Villa. He, in fact, headed Buhari’s reelection campaign in his home state of Adamawa.

So everyone who works in the regime has got the memo: So long as you can convince Buhari that you are “loyal” to him, you can pilfer the national till to your heart’s delight without the slightest fear of consequence. And, as I've said several times in the past, there's no greater enabler of corruption than the knowledge that there's no consequence for it.

Since it doesn’t take much to demonstrate loyalty to an effete, insecure, and incompetent dictator, every “loyal” regime honcho is stealing with unrestrained gusto.They know they’re immunized against consequences.The only people who get in trouble for stealing are people whose loyalty to Buhari is suspect.

The dog-eat-dog world of Malami and Magu

The Nation of July 16 reported suspended acting EFCC boss Magu to have said, “What I have gone through is a case of dog eats [sic] dog." In July 8, I said of the Malami/Magu fight: "I have no dog in the dog-eat-dog food fight between two dogged scammers."

I'm glad Magu agrees with me that he's a "dog" that another "dog" is eating. In other words, he isn't innocent. He is himself a dog that eats other dogs but whom a bigger dog is now eating.In a dog-eat-dog world, dogs do whatever it takes to get the upper hand.

Malami is now the top dog. Magu is the underdog, but they're both bad dogs.Dog-tired Nigerians are asking the same question that the Baha Men asked years ago: who let the dogs out?

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by Racoon(m): 11:16am On Jul 25
"....The president’s first public reaction to allegations of ethical impropriety against his associates was to defend them.It’s now obvious that the president is interested in fighting corruption if only his political opponents are the accused.

So we have graduated from ‘stealing is not corruption’ under Jonathan to a state of corruption is not corruption when the people accused of it belong to the president's ‘anointed."
"..We can see, therefore, that President Buhari’s anti-corruption fervour is merely self-serving. He regards only his political opponents as having the copyright on corruption. By this token, every allegation of corruption leveled against his friends and financiers must be “baseless.....” https://opinion.premiumtimesng.com/2018/10/23/president-buhari-is-not-against-corruption-by-femi-aribisala/[/quote]

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by Racoon(m): 11:22am On Jul 25
So everyone who works in the regime has got the memo: So long as you can convince Buhari that you are “loyal” to him, you can pilfer the national till to your heart’s delight without the slightest fear of consequence.

And, as I've said several times in the past, there's no greater enabler of corruption than the knowledge that there's no consequence for it.
This is so true given the spate of corruption being unearthed from every nook & crannies under the present government.

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by donbachi(m): 11:29am On Jul 25
Oshiomhole confirmed it,when he said "come to apc and all ur sins shall be forgiven".

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by Racoon(m): 11:34am On Jul 25
OUTLAWwizard:
..... Unfortunately, Buhari's government has become the epitome of corruption.His administration reeks of high profile corruption.

Buhari’s government is riddled with corruption,there is a replication of corruption everywhere in the Buhari govt ...Buhari's war on corruption is a sham and full of incompetence.
How can corruption fight against corruption.It's just like Bubu fighting insurgency.

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by helinues: 11:35am On Jul 25
Summary pls tongue

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by OUTLAWwizard: 11:38am On Jul 25
helinues:
Summary pls tongue



Zone B.

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by Racoon(m): 11:39am On Jul 25
helinues:
Summary pls!
“Firm, undeniable evidentiary proofs of Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai's alleged corruption have been published.So have Lt.Gen.Abdulrahman Dambazzau's and Babachir David Lawal's.Rotimi Amaechi has also been accused of bribing judges & Abba Kyari accused of accepting a N500 million-naira bribe from MTN, among others.

“The president’s first public reaction to allegations of ethical impropriety against his associates was to defend them, a privilege he doesn’t extend to others. 
Despite the President’s public anti-corruption platform, Transparency International has not seen any reduction in corruption since Buhari took office. In fact, the precise opposite has happened, with Nigeria falling 12 places between the 2016-2017 rankings.

President Buhari currently faces serious allegations, which include staging show trials of opponents of a regime that is accused of corruption and graft, while simultaneously shielding his own party members and inner circle.
https://www.thecable.ng/why-you-should-not-invest-in-nigeria-former-uk-secretary-of-state-writes-investors

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by realstars: 11:41am On Jul 25
LL

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by Talknochip(m): 11:42am On Jul 25
Prof is always on point!



This administration has shown us more reasons why we need to build strong and solid institutions that will guide our affairs and governance.


we need to do away with the current constitution. It's not an instrument that can bring the needed change or cohesion.


We need Institutions that will be far above anyone in the country. Institutions that can remove sitting top officials whenever the err.


Buhari made his supporters to perceived him in 2015, as an 'institution' who is very capable of solving the multi-faceted problems facing Nigeria.


None of them asked how he was going to go about it. They just believed he is 'upright', has 'integrity' and for them, that was enough.

Sad that the president never thinks or has forgotten that his first allegiance is to the masses and to the Constitution and not to some loyal associates like the Prof rightly alluded.

No wonder he went on a peace keeping mission in another country when his own country is boiling left, right and center.

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by helinues: 11:42am On Jul 25
Racoon:

President Buhari currently faces serious allegations, which include staging show trials of opponents of a regime that is accused of corruption and graft, while simultaneously shielding his own party members and inner circle.

https://www.thecable.ng/why-you-should-not-invest-in-nigeria-former-uk-secretary-of-state-writes-investors

President Buhari or Jubril?

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by JAMO84: 11:47am On Jul 25
What we are seeing now is a far better fight against corruption than the covid 16 years of the Poverty Development Party.


This administration has sent 4 ex - governors who are members of APC to prison. Many ex - government officials and the former PDP spokesman are in prison for corruption.


I challenge anyone to show me any high profile conviction of any PDP member during its covid 16 years.


All the corruption allegations we are seeing in public today wouldn't have been possible during the PDP era, they would have covered up every single one of it.

When Odua was indicted of corruption, they rewarded her with Senate ticket. When Sanusi exposed corruption, they sacked him immediately.


I agree that corruption is still a big challenge, but compared to the miserable PDP era, Buhari's fight against corruption is like a billion times better!!!!



I AM DONE TALKING

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by ThatFairGuy1: 11:55am On Jul 25
All these trash doesn't add up.
This same Corruption was perpetrated during the 16yrs rule of PDP but no noise like this BECAUSE THEY AID and ABET CORRUPTION.

"If stone is thrown on roof, the dwellers voice must be heard"

The ZERO TOLERANCE of PMB/PYO to Corruption is why we keep hearing about Corruption lately.
Had it been under PDP, we all know nothing will be heard. Or Does it mean their tenure is Corruption free? No! They abet Corruption so we couldn't hear noise as this.

It's in this administration we know that the two Chambers can probe alleged Corrupt cases other than scaling fence and throwing punches.

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by gasparpisciotta: 11:56am On Jul 25
Capital YES

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by ivandragon: 12:15pm On Jul 25
Who let the dogs out?! Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof... Lol.

As expected, PMB minions have reverted to "PDP stole more than APC" chant.

I ask them, was the goal of APC to steal less than PDP?

Did PDP always beat it's chest as been anticorruption fighters?

When you make promises, people are right to hold you accountable. Attempting to hide under the guise of PDP did worse does not cut it anymore.

The much APC has done in 5 years is already dragging first position with pdp's 16 years...

PMB minions also keep forgetting the fact that:
bode George was a PDP member;

tafa balogun was a top security officer under PDP government,

EFCC & ICPC are creations of PDP governments;

BVN was created by PDP government;

TSA was the brainchild of the PDP government;

FOI was instituted by the PDP government;

Even the core facts on the cases of Kalu & dariye were extensively investigated under the PDP government;

Besides, how can you say you are better at fighting corruption when your corruption index ranking is worse off than the previous administration?

In the past, 100 people stole #100b, now 10 people are stealing #100b... Smoke & mirrors...

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by frankyychiji(f): 12:43pm On Jul 25
JAMO84:
What we are seeing now is a far better fight against corruption than the covid 16 years of the Poverty Development Party.


This administration has sent 4 ex - governors who are members of APC to prison. Many ex - government officials and the former PDP spokesman are in prison for corruption.


I challenge anyone to show me any high profile conviction of any PDP member during its covid 16 years.


All the corruption allegations we are seeing in public today wouldn't have been possible during the PDP era, they would have covered up every single one of it.

When Odua was indicted of corruption, they rewarded her with Senate ticket. When Sanusi exposed corruption, they sacked him immediately.


I agree that corruption is still a big challenge, but compared to the miserable PDP era, Buhari's fight against corruption is like a billion times better!!!!



I AM DONE TALKING



One would have expected the appointees of buhari not to even try it..
Where's the proverbial body language you guys were throwing about?

APC is an association of strange bedfellows where mutual suspicion is very high and every dog is doing it's best to outshine the other including the first lady Aisha buhari. And because buhari is not in charge, the side which you belong will make or mar you.

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by RuddyFusion(m): 1:30pm On Jul 25
Corruption Inc

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by Racoon(m): 3:49pm On Jul 25
frankyychiji:
One would have expected the the appointees of buhari not to even try it.So What has became of the proverbial bubu's body language you guys were throwing about?

APC is an association of strange bedfellows where mutual suspicion is very high and every dog is doing it's best to outshine the other including the first lady Aisha buhari. And because buhari is not in charge, the side which you belong will make or mar you.
You know all these zombies have started deflecting the narrative that the corruption now is less worst than what was obtainable in the last regime instead of saying both of them have failed because of the worsening institutional corruption.

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by frankyychiji(f): 4:32pm On Jul 25
Racoon:

You know all these zombies have started deflecting the narrative now that the corruption now is less worst that what is obtainable in the last regime instead of saying both of them have failed because of the worsening institutional corruption.
They know the truth. How many of them are even here defending buhari these days?

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by Slawormir: 6:12pm On Jul 25
Damnnnnn niggarrr
Isoright
Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by oluwasegun007(m): 6:12pm On Jul 25
He's actually far from the UNTRUTH.
Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by BOOKWORMLUX(m): 6:13pm On Jul 25
Tomorrow is sunday.


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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by chinavs9ja(m): 6:13pm On Jul 25
Truth...


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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by rindeog: 6:14pm On Jul 25
it is really getting worse...

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by Flexherbal(m): 6:14pm On Jul 25
Ok
Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by XOGBADO(m): 6:14pm On Jul 25
ThatFairGuy1:
All these trash doesn't add up.
This same Corruption was perpetrated during the 16yrs rule of PDP but no noise like this BECAUSE THEY AID and ABET CORRUPTION.

"If stone is thrown on roof, the dwellers voice must be heard"

The ZERO TOLERANCE of PMB/PYO to Corruption is why we keep hearing about Corruption lately.
Had it been under PDP, we all know nothing will be heard. Or Does it mean their tenure is Corruption free? No! They abet Corruption so we couldn't hear noise as this.

It's in this administration we know that the two Chambers can probe alleged Corrupt cases other than scaling fence and throwing punches.
.

Just go and sleep, you're definitely high on something.

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by Kweensavvy(f): 6:14pm On Jul 25
Hmmm...very logical and interesting headline; factual too.

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by Sultty(m): 6:14pm On Jul 25
Corruption was much exposed during Buharis government that's what I must give credit to him for. cc. Gandoller aka sinzu money,malami and his bushmeat Ibrahim magu aka àgbákò,apbabio and pon-died etc may thunder wire them all sad

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Re: Corruption Is Thriving Not In Spite Of Buhari But Because Of Him- Farooq Kperogi by prinsam30(m): 6:14pm On Jul 25
inside life

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