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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

BUHARI'S ANTI-CORRUPTION CHAMPION AWARD, A MOCKERY TO THE AFRICAN UNION

BUHARI'S ANTI-CORRUPTION CHAMPION AWARD, A MOCKERY TO THE AFRICAN UNION

By Obi Blaise
For Family Writers Press

 Uncountable number of reactions, comments and questions have been trailing the anti-corruption champion award given to Muhammadu Buhari, the despotic President of Nigeria by the African Union (AU). Such questions are: (1) Does the African Union really understand the meaning of the word "corruption" before bestowing such an honor on a man in the mould of Muhammadu Buhari? (2) Are the African leaders aware this misnomer really briefed about the developments in Nigeria and the antecedents of Buhari run government?

Many Nigerians have often times described his administration as clueless, directionless, vampiric and exceptionally lawless in the history of Nigeria. Can it be said then that the head of a government that treasures in, relentlessly manufactures and spreads corruption, poverty, unemployment, terrorism, cabalism, disillusionment, hopelessness, death, inflicts pains and anguish, is corruption-free? Close to three years in government, it is glaringly clear that Buhari is only exhibiting hypocrisy in his anti-corruption mantra crusade. He is grossly shrouded in corruption and needs to face detailed investigations.

WHAT REALLY IS CORRUPTION?

This is indisputably an act of impairing integrity, virtue or moral principles. It is a state of being debased. It is a loss of purity or uprightness. Corruption is depravity, wickedness, bribery and acts of conceptualising or inventing evil in whatever shade/form. Muhammadu Buhari cannot be said to be above board in the light of the definitions proffered on what actually corruption means. He is himself corruption personified. A man that paraded questionable graduation certificate and swore to false affidavit cannot be said to be an anti-corruption crusader.

The African Union leaders ought to have known that even Aisha Buhari, - President Muhammadu Buhari's wife had criticized him for not moving Nigeria on the right part and vowed never to support her husband again in any political campaign. This man who was very erroneously awarded African Anti-corruption Champion cannot earn public trust nor recover his battered reputation due to his unwillingness or weakness to put his house in order. His demonstration of lack of political temerity to bring the tainted members of his cabinet to book but rather uses his office to persecute his perceived political enemies and those of different ethno-religious backgrounds.

The so-called award champion on the very day of his inauguration as a President, proved that he is not a nationalist leader when he said "I belong to nobody", cannot be exonerated from corruption as present events in the country clearly defines him as a Fulani tribalist, an Islamic fundamentalist and an ardent killer of those he hates. Since the history of Nigeria, the gruesome killings of unarmed innocent civilians (Biafrans) exercising their inalienable rights to justice, peace and freedom, is a very definitive display of dictatorship and vampirism. Such killings were brazenly carried out by Buhari's brethren known as Boko Haram terrorists, Fulani herdsmen and others in military and para-military uniforms. All these mayhem were perpetrated under the nose of a  President who was recently being awarded as an anti-corruption champion by the leaders of Africa. What a shame!

It is necessary to remind the African Union at this juncture, that this crowned champion accepted an appointment as chairman of Nigeria's Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) under the most corrupt and tyrannical military regime of late General Sani Abacha. Up till date, no explanation has been advanced on how N25billion got missing or stolen from the coffers of the Petroleum Trust Fund which Buhari was in charge of.

Buhari who once defined corruption as the greatest form of human rights violation, is now an ardent violator of the same human rights he deceptively gave definition to. He has no regards or respect for the country's Constitution nor the rule of law. To sane and rational Nigerians, the anti-corruption awardee  is unarguably, the "father of corruption" in the country. He claims to be fighting corruption while therein lies a retinue of corruption allegations levied against his cabinet members which he has tenaciously been protecting.

The African Union as a matter of fact and integrity, ought to have asked questions before according Buhari such a shameful honor. He does not deserve such a recognition as the man under discourse is not just a fraud but a disgrace to democratic values.

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press

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