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The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by RuudVanNisteroy: 7:09am On Apr 01
On Sunday, the All Progressives Congress National Leader, Bola Tinubu, commended Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, for his efforts in strengthening anti-corruption institutions. The efforts, of course, were tied to the office building of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission Ganduje renovated.

Tinubu went on to state that “in ensuring Nigeria becomes a member of a committed international community that frees us from the burden of corruption, this and similar edifices could play an important role in that.” This comment was repeated across several publications, so it was no misquote that he tied “edifices” like a renovated building to measures of anti-corruption.

First, Tinubu and Ganduje fronting any anti-corruption event is problematic in many ways. Ganduje is not code-named “GanDollar” because he runs a Bureau de Change. In 2018, a video of Ganduje pocketing wads of the US dollars, bribes he allegedly demanded, was leaked. In a sane country, such evidenced crookedness is enough grounds for immediate impeachment and prosecution. Unfortunately, Nigeria is a country where the lunatics run the asylum.

Ganduje not only held on to his position as governor, he also won a re-election. Ironically, he is governor in the same state where religious zealots destroy beer bottles but whose fabric of morality somehow never stretches to the point where they demand that a leader under a cloud of gross malfeasance step aside. In a recent interview, Ganduje claimed that the famous video of him pocketing dollars was deepfake. He said his image was cloned and that he is preparing to disprove it. Come to think of it, almost three years after that video was released, he is only still “preparing” to prove his innocence?

As for Tinubu, the allegations of corruption against him are no longer rousing news. A man who would not answer what bullion vans were doing in his house has nothing to tell us about anti-corruption. The work that anti-corruption demands is not about putting up “edifices” or duplicating bureaucracies. Anti-corruption is about developing autonomous and effectual institutions that can dare scrutinise even the high and mighty, and make them accountable to the public. You can put up fancy multi-billion naira buildings, pursue political opponents and expired politicians to jail, ransack judges’ home, sack the Chief Justice, serially discover cash in office buildings, and even accuse anyone who still manages to eat thrice daily of being corrupt, but you will get nowhere until you get the basics of public accountability right.

When public officers who lack the ethics of public accountability grandstand anti-corruption, they do unquantifiable harm because what they communicate to the public is the futility of all institution-building efforts. Their duplicity does not reassure the public; it just makes them more cynical and distrustful.

Over time, people lose faith in the very infrastructure of democracy that is supposed to redress certain ethical imbalances in society.

Eventually, they will lose patience in the power of democracy and its institutions to transform their lives and begin to clamour for an authoritarian force that will override democratic processes and just take direct actions. In doing so, they open themselves up to manipulative populist politics and attendant abuse of power. Since 2015, we have seen that situation play out in Nigeria. By ignoring all of that to showboat on anti-corruption, they further consign the country into a remorseless rotation of ridiculousness and despondency. If they genuinely believe in the ethic of anti-corruption, they know where to begin.

One of the many reasons we hardly progress is that we define things wrongly and then proceed to apply chemotherapeutic measures on the misdiagnosis. Instead of the development of a robust system that has enough integrity and independence to ask strongmen leaders to make themselves accountable, they take anti-corruption as putting up “edifices” and then invest in ostentatious offices and photo-ops. During Tinubu’s birthday colloquium, the same celebration that took him to Kano in the first place, you see people displaying the same habit of throwing around ideas that because they are poorly defined, successes are measured by useless metrics.

They relentlessly hammered on “unity” as if it is an ideal that is realised only when a bunch of politicians sits at a table to decide the sharing formula to the nation’s resources. Why should the hordes of Nigerians currently imperilled by the rising level of poverty and fast-disintegrating quality of life care about the nation’s unity? For whom has unity been helpful outside the cabal of people who profit off the lopsided arrangement? Our leaders’ abject lack of reflexivity was evident in how they fetishised unity while ignoring the basis of the disillusionment driving those Nigerians that insist the country must be fractured.

At the occasion, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), brought out the same old story of how he fought for Nigeria’s unity during the civil war. It has been 50 plus years since the war formally ended. The fact that we are still circling the same issue of whether to break up the country or not should give him pause. He needs to reflect more deeply on whether the war truly ended, and whether his so-called fight for unity was worth the expense of lives taken and the damage incurred. Beyond peddling the tale of his role as a salaried soldier during the war, he needs to reflect more on the recurring clamour for secession.

Then, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, reportedly vowed that the Nigerian Army under his watch would deal with anyone who threatens the country’s unity. Again, if they have to punish people to make Nigeria remain an indivisible country, is that really unity or people are just in detention? By the time Vice President Yemi Osinbajo told us that in the event of a Nigerian breakup, we would need a visa to Kano, you could tell that although these people are desperate to keep the country together, they lack compelling ideas on why it should be.

Nigeria is in such a difficult situation, and our leaders have nothing to offer us other than this repeated call for unity and cohesion. The truth is, those that are tired of Nigeria do not have problems with their neighbours from other ethnic groups. They get by with themselves in their daily contacts and social relationships. The frustration causing the clamour for a breakup is the abject lack of leadership bedevilling the country and the resolute blindness to the strangulating terms of collective existence. An effete and thieving leadership class that insists on preaching unity to people fed up with their condition does not inspire confidence; it only aggravates their desires for a balkanised country.

That brings me to the point about leadership itself. Throughout the week, we were fed multiple speeches about Tinubu being a leader of leaders because he has raised the people who have occupied one political position or the other. One only needs to look at the degree of the disintegration of social life in Nigeria to query the worth of a political apprenticeship system that produced such leadership. What the praise singers and hagiographers called “leaders” are mere professional politicians whose bottom line is to occupy juicy political positions. Where are the defining values that distinguished this crop of leaders —either in their approach to Nigeria’s issues or the execution of their public office duties— from their counterparts who did not pass through the same school of governance? True leadership creates value, not drains it.

Each time they come out to the public to backslap one another over their achievements either in anti-corruption, unity, or leadership, they present themselves as a tribe of mediocre administrators that is not only disconnected from collective reality but whose lack of awareness is, in fact, inimical to the destiny of the nation. They make people restless, disenchanted, and worst of all, psychically disconnect from the Nigerian project itself.

https://punchng.com/the-anti-corruption-fight-starring-tinubu-and-ganduje/

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by ebenhazard(m): 7:12am On Apr 01
What did you expect in the zoo?

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by EmptyGarden(m): 7:16am On Apr 01
Well, I've said this before, the most important quality of a Nigerian politician is Shamelessness.

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by BigSarah(f): 7:25am On Apr 01
People that should battling for a plate of watery beans at kirikiri

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by doggedfighter(f): 7:29am On Apr 01
But here they are

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by Racoon(m): 7:31am On Apr 01
First, Tinubu and Ganduje fronting any anti-corruption event is problematic in many ways. Ganduje is not code-named “GanDollar” because he runs a Bureau de Change. In 2018, a video of Ganduje pocketing wads of the US dollars, bribes he allegedly demanded, was leaked.

In a sane country, such evidenced crookedness is enough grounds for immediate impeachment and prosecution. Unfortunately, Nigeria is a country where the lunatics run the asylum.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has confirmed the authenticity of the video showing the Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje, allegedly receiving millions of dollars as bribe.

SATURDAY PUNCH gathered that forensic analysis of the video showing Ganduje receiving bribe from a contractor indicated that the video was not digitally cloned as claimed by some of his loyalists.


Sources said the EFCC which had one of the best forensic laboratories in the country, had subjected the viral video to various forensic analyses all of which affirmed that the governor indeed received the dollar bribe.

It was, however, gathered that the probe might have been stalled by political pressure on the commission to soft-pedal on the investigation in order not to jeopardise President Muhammadu Buhari’s electoral chances in Kano State.

A source said, “The commission has decided to hold the breaks on the investigation to avoid jeopardising the President’s electoral chances in Kano where he has his largest fan base and political supporters.


“The fact is that the case against Ganduje is as good as dead; If he wins re-election, which is likely, he can’t be prosecuted until 2023 after his tenure and his trial would also be determined by whoever wins in 2023. If the All Progressives Congress wins the presidential poll in 2023, they would continue protecting him. So, for now, the governor can’t be prosecuted until after 2023 and that is if the APC loses power at the centre.”

Another source noted that the President needed Kano votes to boost his chances of getting a second term in this month’s elections, adding that the EFCC would not want to rock the boat at this point in time.

He said, “You must have heard the President tacitly defending the governor when he wondered why Ganduje had to collect the money himself when he could have sent an aide to take the bribes on his behalf.

“When asked about the video by Nigerians at a forum, Buhari described Ganduje as a man of integrity, indicating that he approved of him and the governor has also been boasting that he will deliver five million votes for Buhari’s re-election.

“This is called quid pro quo; you protect me, I work for your re-election. The EFCC as an agency under the executive has to read in between the lines and tread cautiously.”


The acting EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, could not be reached for reaction as calls to his phone rang out. He had yet to respond to a text message on the reported suspension of the Ganduje probe.
https://punchng.com/political-considerations-stalling-ganduje-bribery-probe-investigation/

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by Racoon(m): 7:31am On Apr 01
As for Tinubu, the allegations of corruption against him are no longer rousing news. A man who would not answer what bullion vans were doing in his house has nothing to tell us about anti-corruption...
The most abused words with this useless govt are "integrity", "corruption" and "anti-corruption fight."

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by Racoon(m): 7:35am On Apr 01
Nigeria is in such a difficult situation, and our leaders have nothing to offer us other than this repeated call for unity and cohesion. The truth is, those that are tired of Nigeria do not have problems with their neighbours from other ethnic groups.

They get by with themselves in their daily contacts and social relationships. The frustration causing the clamour for a breakup is the abject lack of leadership bedevilling the country & resolute blindness to the strangulating terms of collective existence.


An effete and thieving leadership class that insists on preaching unity to people fed up with their condition does not inspire confidence; it only aggravates their desires for a balkanised country.

The work that anti-corruption demands is not about putting up “edifices” or duplicating bureaucracies. Anti-corruption is about developing autonomous and effectual institutions that can dare scrutinise even the high and mighty, and make them accountable to the public.


[color=#550000]You can put up fancy multi-billion naira buildings, pursue political opponents and expired politicians to jail, ransack judges’ home, sack the Chief Justice, serially discover cash in office buildings, and even accuse anyone who still manages to eat thrice daily of being corrupt, but you will get nowhere until you get the basics of public accountability right.

Since 2015, we have seen that situation play out in Nigeria. By ignoring all of that to showboat on anti-corruption, they further consign the country into a remorseless rotation of ridiculousness and despondency. If they genuinely believe in the ethic of anti-corruption, they know where to begin.

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by KingOKON: 7:37am On Apr 01
May all Tinubu supporters for 2023 kpia ASAP

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by Racoon(m): 7:53am On Apr 01
cc: Helinues/Monogamy, Seunmsg, Mannabbqgrills, NgeneUkwenu

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by Liposure: 7:55am On Apr 01
If the guys at the helms of affairs is guilty as charged. How will the country triumph over corruption?

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by Tochi3(m): 7:58am On Apr 01
Racoon:
The most abused words with this useless govt are "integrity", "corruption" and "anti-corruption fight."
Let me add Unity.

This words have no value to Zombies and to a terrorist government full of brain dead islamic fanatics.

The write-up is priceless.

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by bcomputer101: 6:00am On Apr 02
Tinubu and Ganduje are the two most heartless politicians in Nigeria.

They can loot anything lootable

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by chinjo(m): 6:10am On Apr 02
By the time the northerners finish dealing with Tinubu, he will run out of Lagos to his original home town of Iragbiji in Osun state.

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by OneTemplate: 6:51am On Apr 02
chinjo:
By the time the northerners finish dealing with Tinubu, he will run out of Lagos to his original home town of Iragbiji in Osun state.

I just hope you are not Igbo. If you are I would warn you, for once in your life, to grow the fck up and seriously concentrate on affairs in your SE region and stop your usual malevolent obsession with Tinubu and the SW immediately.

SE is going down very rapidly and descending into an arena of guerrilla strife before our eyes. We all know once these things start and gain traction, like boko haram, they tend to worsen and lead to the sort of general and entrenched insecurity we are seeing in the North today.

Igbos always love to fiddle while Rome is burning so keep talking about people and things not relevant to your dire current situation while watching the lunatic Kanu turn the small SE into Sambisa Forest.

It has always been your downfall but this time the stakes are very high and may be the beginning of the ruination of your region.

Northerners too did nothing when insurgency and terrorism was a toddler. Now it is a big strong adult they can no longer tame.

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by OneTemplate: 7:04am On Apr 02
@OP.

I know you are worst example of an Igbo obsessed with Tinubu, Lagos and the SW to the detriment of his own State and region of origin. My message above is for you.

I noticed you are yet to start a single thread about the worrying developments in the SE currently while you launch 50 Tinubu and Lagos threads daily.

I have never met a set of people more irresponsible and bereft of a sense of 'charity begins at home' as Igbos are.

You lot, since you are aberrantly failing to talk and act over destruction of your region Kanu is leading, should know you will not be able to use the SW as a refuge if you don't all grow up right now to responsibly face and defeat what is in front of you, your children, generations unborn and your region.

I just can't believe what you Igbos are talking about while you ignore the developments taking down your region right before your very eyes.

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by arsie540: 11:40am On Apr 02
grin grin grin

Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by damijoe77: 11:41am On Apr 02
Come to think of it, Fulani is the only tribe in Nigeria that carries dangerous arm e.g machete publicly anywhere,any place, anytime without questioning Nigerians wake up from thy slumber,this is post- colonial administration.God will raise brethrens, warriors,to fight for us.freedoom we seek.

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by futurerex: 11:41am On Apr 02
Gandollar vs Budillion van

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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by AmazingELixir: 11:43am On Apr 02
undecided lipsrsealed


one is not in shock when the bullion van brown toothed baron decided to celebrate his watered down age in Kano with the babariga dollar thief...birds of a feather
Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by Muhylonaire007: 11:44am On Apr 02
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Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by bayelsaowei(m): 11:44am On Apr 02
They are still gonna force their way through via the same corruption to be president and vice president respectively..many Nigerian citizens are fools and ass kickers and would do anything to support tinubu and ganduje..Nigeria is gone...Long gone..
Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by michresakidjo(m): 11:45am On Apr 02
These two knavery deserves more documentation
Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by emmanuel596(m): 11:45am On Apr 02
Nothing will happen
Re: The Anti-Corruption Fight Starring Tinubu And Ganduje By Abimbola Adelakun by TheSupleemLeada(m): 11:46am On Apr 02
The more the ret@ds try to demarket this guy the more his local support grows...the easiest way for any failed journalist with a failed career to get noticed is writing a hit piece about tinubu.... fvcktards are only giving him free publicity.

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