Amaechi Vs NPA MD: When Allegations Turn Lame

Amaechi Vs NPA MD: When Allegations Turn Lame
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The Federal Government under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari seems to be attuned to running unshod against itself in its unrestrained bid to swiftly build a reputation as living up to its much avowed creed of fighting corruption ; one of the nucleus of his campaigns in both his terms in office.

The administration it would appear is littered with unending tales of fraud allegations by one member of the same government against another, which would however end up being truncated midway into the setting-up of investigations by panels to unravel the mystery behind such dust raised by the ensuing furore.

The latest on the trajectory of these is the allegation of financial impropriety leveled against the Managing Director, (MD) and Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) of the Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA), Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman by the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who as characteristic of the administration has made a U-turn amid the setting-up of a panel of enquiry to investigate the alleged shortfall in the operating surpluses by the NPA under the leadership of the suspended MD/CEO, who will now be probed for insubordination as against the earlier allegation of not remitting operating surpluses of N165 billion to the consolidated revenue fund account.

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AljazirahNigeria is deeply concerned that an administration which has much touted the idea of fighting corruption, while making it a center piece of its focus would continue to get embroiled in the same menace which it and indeed anyone else in Nigeria and around the world have come to identify as the singular bane linked to the underdevelopment of the country, with its attendant evil and consequences across board.

It is regrettable that there has been several of such cases of in the lifespan of this administration such as the famous case of the grass cutting contract scam by the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF) the alleged contract scam to the tune of $25bn at the NNPC under its former Group Managing Director, which a former Minister of State for Petroleum, made public in his open letter to President Buhari, the aborted N25bn EFCC corruption case against a former governor of Gombe state, which was allegedly traded for President of the Senate ambition to pave way for the anointed candidate of the APC, among several other such matters bordering on corruption which full investigation were never allowed to see the light of day.

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Similarly and unfortunately too, several ex-governors, who had corruption cases with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prior to the advent of the Buhari administration, seems to have been forgotten by a government that was angled to clean up the Augean stable.

AljazirahNigeria strongly urges the Federal Government to get its acts together by doing due diligence in its corruption fighting procedure and mechanism as the public perception of the administration is one riddled with a lot of cover up of its members due to political connections within the system which ensures that individuals who have fleeced on the common patrimony are easily let off the hook even when such corruption cases had been made public and their investigations kick started. It would appear perhaps that only those within the political nexus, who are without such political linkages, are eventually punished for the financial offences which they have committed against the state.

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There was a report widely captured in the media then, when ex-chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole was quoted as saying; “Join the APC and your sins are forgiven”, an inclination of compromise has been suggested and it smacks of corruption.

AljazirahNigeria is averse to selective justice when it comes to the issue of corruption or any other matter, as all who are deemed to have run afoul of the law should be brought to book without let or hindrance.

We are totally in contention over any attempt to trivialize monumental allegations on corruption after they have been made public. Such, must be allowed to run their full course in the eye of the law to engender confidence in the public space that the anti-corruption stance of the government is not just mere grandstanding.


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