IS BUHARI FIGHTING CORRUPTION OR HUNTING OPPOSITION LEADERS?

“To err is to human and to forgive divine”, so I heard the Imam preach at one Jumat service; the Muslims annual Friday prayer. Those words looked like the day to day conversation people normally have, but on a
second thought, questions start crawling in. If humans are agreed to be political animals, would it not amount to deceit to think that we can be divine?

It is still as fresh as an early morning breeze, the words of President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) on the 29th day of May, 2015 when he said, “I belong
to everybody and I belong to nobody”. What a good start I had thought, but it is normal for a person to want a good start. It has been a trend for every administration on the eve of their resumption to office. Subsequently, things start to fall apart and others except themselves are always to blame.

The incumbent president kicked off his anti-corruption campaign as his administration was able to recoup some stolen funds. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that seemed like the sleeping watch dog during Goodluck Jonathan’s administration suddenly got their gusto back. The spotlight not only shone on political elites in public but also in camera. So many culprits, if not few compared to the elite numbers, were
supposedly exposed even when they never seemed incorruptible in the first place. The commotion was laughable, albeit expected.

Former commander of the armed
forces, Alex Badeh confessed to have misappropriated funds meant to strengthen the army in the fight against Boko Haram insurgence. The issue of Olisa Metuh is not left out. Skeletons upon skeletons were discovered
one after the other. The most famous, perhaps infamous, is the Dasuki gate scandal. All these cases have been centered on some caliber of individuals; the People Democratic Party (PDP) faithfuls. It then beacons to call to question PMBs war against corruption considering the fact that PDP had been his major opposition the four consequent times he had ran for the post he now has.

However, there are other cases yet to be mentioned. Inclusive is the Senate president’s. For a single man to have hired over twenty lawyers to defend his over twenty-count charges, it is logical to suspect if he has over twenty skeletons in his cupboard. The point is Bukola Saraki is not a member of the PDP. In fact, he is a big fish of the president’s political party; the All Progressive Congress (APC), and yet his name entered the black book of the EFCC. Others like Femi Fani Kayode and Yakubu Dogara are also in this context. On this note, PMB’s fight against corruption cannot be termed as one sided.

At this juncture, statistical reports have always seemed to be the last
hope for the lawyer who need a back-up fact. PMB’s fight against corruption can be subjected to this scrutiny. It is however saddening that there are no statistically compiled result on the figures. But from a research I carried out on numerous newspaper and online articles, it is glaring that there are as much probe and court cases on members from the side of the presidency’s political party as there are in the opposition. Therefore, it is hard to decide if truly PMB is hunting opposition leaders and it is hard to conclude that he is not.

In conclusion, I remember the same morning of the Jumat service, when my brother magnanimously gave me the only meat from his fried rice. I grabbed and munched it with passion. It was about five minutes later I discovered he had eaten a much bigger one given to him by our father in secret. The truth suddenly came to light.

In PMB’s case with fighting corruption or opposition hunting, I am sure that events will surely bring the truth to light.

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