EDITORIAL: Like Ibori, like others in Jonathan, Buhari’s governments

EDITORIAL: Like Ibori, like others in Jonathan, Buhari’s governments
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James Ibori, former governor of Nigeria’s oil rich Delta state, was in April 2012, sentenced to thirteen years in jail by a London Judge for stealing government funds in Nigeria.

AljazirahNigeria recalls that the sentence brought an end the ex-governor’s long road to jail and earns him possibly the reputation of one of the first Nigerian politicians to get a jail sentence abroad for stealing public funds – an act which has become an open pastime for Nigerian politicians.


Mr Ibori was sentenced for stealing at least $250 million of public funds within the period he served as governor of the state.

AljazirahNigeria also recalls that in 2007, Ibori was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at the Kwara State Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja.

The charges he faced then included theft of public funds, abuse of office, and money laundering.

Former EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, additionally alleged that Ibori attempted to bribe him to drop the charges with a cash gift of $15 million, which Ribadu immediately lodged in the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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The man, feted generally by many ironically, was released from prison in December 2016 after a court order.

He served 4 years out of the 13 years he was sentenced to. Sadly as acceptable in our clime, he was treated to a royal welcome by many of his kinsmen and associates.

Moving on from this, AljazirahNigeria believes there are numerous corrupt government officials in President Buhari’s administration.

These officials are even more corrupt and fraudulent than James Ibori.

We recall that officials such as EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr Lawal Babachir, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Rotimi Amaechi, Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and a host of others have credibility questions hanging over their heads with allegations of fraud and corruption levelled against them.

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These indicted officials should be allowed to resign to allow for proper investigation into the alleged fraud.

The President has instead of doing the needful has continued to defend his tainted associates and subordinates.

President Buhari needs to wake up from his self induced political slumber and think of the sweat and blood of Nigerians that brought him to power.

The patience of Nigerians and indeed their confidence in his ability to steer the ship of the Nigerian state is waning by the day.

AljazirahNigeria implores President Buhari, who many now feel has surrounded himself with less than sterling performers, some stained with corruption tags, should compel these allegedly corrupt and indicted public office holders to resign with immediate effect.

Perhaps then, Nigerians can then re-ignite their unwavering support for his much publicised anti-graft war!

It will also be recalled that this was almost the same scenario in President Jonathan Goodluck’s administration whereby indicted public officers were allowed to continue in office while the President looked other way.

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Must our leaders always support graft when it concerns their own ilk but fight tooth and nail when it is the opposition that is indicted?

In foreign nations, once a public figure is accused of any impropriety or fraud, they immediately resign. They do not need to be urged.In Nigeria it is the opposite.

We must begin to call a spade, a spade and not ‘ a garden implement.’

It is then other nations will start to take our attempt to do things the right way seriously.


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