Editor's note: Ini Akpan Morgan, Legit.ng's regular guest columnist, dwells on the much-publicised case of the arms procurement funds looting, involving the former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who allegedly awarded fake contracts to launder money, and other high-ranked officials.
Why it is not surprising that Sambo Dasuki is implicated in the coruption case? Why is it crucial to adhere to the democratic principles while prosecuting the offenders? Mr Morgan gives his own explanations.
Bad luck Joe
Methinks there are many questions begging for serious answers on the issue of the erstwhile president, Goodluck Jonathan's, arms deals. The fact that the office of the national security adviser, a sensitive security advisory apparatus in the administration, became the financial arm of the political party's campaign organisation, and the occupant of the office became a black-faced political Santa Claus, is enough to show how much God loves Nigeria. The country was already in the cesspool of economic extinction when God divinely fetched it out of the political bondage caused by the administrative "inexperience" of a "good lucky Joe". I sincerely believe that Jonathan might have had the foreknowledge of the six-week postponement of the 2015 presidential election in February had he claimed ignorance to all the unfortunate direct financial withdrawals made by his national security adviser from the Central Bank; this shows what an unfortunate kind of president he turned out to be, thanks to "messiah" Olusegun Obasanjo.
The generation of looters
While these men insist that ordinary Nigerians should raise good and obedient children, they themselves raise the next generation of bloodsucking witches and yam-eating goats, training them despicably to become heartless rogues, rapists and vicious arms users. This is why being very frank sometimes equals being insensitive: God has continued to demonstrate his victory over darkness by annulling the power of incumbency and taking men out on the eve of their victories to confound the evil proposals of their wards.
It was clearly an abuse of institutional procedure for the "Chairman Emeritus" of Daar Communication Plc to become a cheque-picker for the organization he once led. Is he really Chairman Emeritus as claimed, or is all of this a grand deception designed to hoodwink public interests? It is just unexplainable. There is more to High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi's claims than he can possibly prove with his recent unfortunate verbal vomits. Picking payments for media coverage of the political party’s activity from the funds meant for arms procurement in the face of insurgency, which has already claimed over 20,000 lives, is devilish; a kind of witchcraft that must not go unpunished if found to be culpable.
The Peoples Democratic Party has a media/publicity arm; Jonathan presidential campaign organisation also had a media/publicity arm, and the erstwhile administration had a vibrant information ministry, all capable and excessively empowered to handle the issues of media coverage of any kind for the PDP and its defeated presidential candidate. It is absolutely dubious for Chief (I do not care if he is high or low) Dokpesi to have picked cheques for media coverage from the NSA office. Something is fishy. This is someone who has already, at one time, been questioned for complicity in the alleged acts of terrorism. What does he want with Nigerians?
A looter by birth
I am not at all surprised by the deeds of the Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) while serving as the national security adviser, because he is the seed - of the DNA - of His Royal Highness (defunct) Ibrahim Dasuki, the deposed Sultan of Sokoto, who I knew in the 1970s as the undertaker of the once financially vibrant Nigerian Railway Corporation (he then served as the executive chairman of that federal government institution). I was at that time the son of the railway worker, and was privileged to follow the progress made by my father's employer. I can still remember that it was only in the Nigerian Railways that the workers' salaries were paid bi-monthly in Nigeria. Presently the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) is the wealthiest federal government corporation in terms of physical assets: the NRC was the federal government cash cow until the early 80s, when it was finally interred by its party-loving executive chairman, Lt. General Jeremiah "Boy" Useni (rtd.), later an army major, who took over from Ibrahim Dasuki, and spent the remaining wealth of the institution organizing parties in Lagos and Jos. My father, who was a senior staffer, worked in the headquarters of the northern and northeastern districts of the corporation in Zaria and Bauchi, and was one of the compelled guests at the jamborees held in Jos. He brought back the reports of obscene extravagance and repulsive orgy afforded by the wealth of the corporation. Today the NRC bears the sulking image of a badly raped institution, and no one is responsible for the abuse.
Like father, like son
It was during Ibrahim Dasuki's tenure that the Nigerian Railway Corporation was divested of its responsibility to transport petroleum products from all the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depots across the country to points of supplies and outlets: this was the major source of income for the corporation that made it the most vibrant government corporation in the country at that time. It was cheap, safe and affordable for government to move petroleum products by rail. If that wickedness had not been allowed to thrive, we would not have been burdened with the numerous deaths and losses we have suffered from oil tankers falling off roads and bridges. Can we deny this is not the way witchcraft operates? Sambo's father benefits directly from the unfortunate dilemma through the unfortunate decision he took several years ago.
The evidence of this claim becomes clear from the numerous rail connections to all the NNPC depots in the country. The breaking of the NRC monopoly in conveying refined petroleum products to the different parts of Nigeria was what Ibrahim Dasuki did to favour his Fulani brothers, whom he saw as being very few and uninterested in working with the railway corporation. He paved the way and encouraged his kinsmen to take up the haulage of petroleum products by road via tankers by withdrawing the monopoly enjoyed by the NRC. This was how the Fulani became the largest and biggest trail-tanker owners in Nigeria, ruling massively in the haulage of petroleum products from the NNPC depots. The Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF) was designed to give them financial privilege and edge over other competitors in the respective sector.
So, I am not at all surprised that Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd.) nursed the idea of taking over the Nigerian economy in its entirety. It is not far-fetched why the late Sanni Abacha deposed Ibrahim Dasuki from his title, and summarily dismissed his son Sambo from the service in the Nigerian army. He saw better than Jonathan's "inexperience" could see. It is heartbreaking to know that in spite of the calamitous activitiy of the Boko Haram insurgents, the national security adviser would usurp the functions of the Federal Ministry of Defence, using appropriations meant for the ministry to cover the political party's campaign expenditure. If he is found culpable, he will be the biggest witch in Nigeria and a dare devil bloodsucker, who disbursed our national wealth to yam-eating goats.
Observing human rights is a must
Nevertheless, I hereby appeal to the federal government to handle the investigation into this rot in the most possible democratic manner, respecting the human dignity of every suspect and observing the rule of law while prosecuting them. Finding the truth is a task that must be successfully accomplished. It is a surprise that the ex-convict Bode George has refused to learn from his past mistakes. If he did, he would have avoided everything that should bring him again into disrepute. A leopard indeed cannot change its spots. The "perpetual injunction" beneficiary, Peter Otunaya Odili, is another surprising inclusion in the list; I wonder what calibre of "perpetual injunction" his wife Mary, who now sits on the bench of the Supreme Court, would negotiate for him this time. There will definitely be no respite for any yam-eating goat this time.
Received or did not receive?
As for these ones and for the characters like David Bonaventure Mark, who have disassociated themselves from receiving the arms procurement money, they must be made to understand it is not necessarily about arms procurement; after all, Dokpesi, Bafarawa and others did not say they took money from the arms procurement funds, but accepted they took money from the NSA office for one thing or another. What matters now to Nigerians is not where the money were drawn from, but on whether they took money at all from the office of the national security adviser and for what purpose. Their response will leave Nigerians with what to make of them all. Bode George may not know Sambo Dasuki, and he does not need to know him, actually, but is it true that he received money from the NSA office?
The positive side of impunity
Whatsoever Ayodele Peter Fayose, who has chosen to become the PDP drummer-boy instead of a governor, wishes to say to favour those, who ushered him into the government, let him say; it is his mouth and it is his belly. He is free under our laws to hold personal opinions if the 8th Senate would appreciate that as a principle of democracy. It is his call to see impunity in the Nigerian present positive political advancement. Only his hangers-on and apologists would give him attention. To educate Fayose a little, he should know that there are two faces of everything in life - the positive face and the negative face. Even impunity has its positive and negative faces. An example of the negative face of impunity is Fayose's mobilization of thugs to drag out a judge from the court and watch his boys beat him up until his attire was torn to shreds, leaving the judge destitute of human dignity. Nothing in law happened to Ayo, because he had the backing of a woman-wrapped, Zoo-trained president. Fela Anikulapo Kuti called them "animals in human skins".
What is therefore wrong with impunity being positive?.. Some alleged criminals are detained without a court order - so what? It is always when it becomes convenient for the members of the PDP that they remember our democracy, though 16-year-old, is still nascent? In the face of the gross and multiple abuse of the psyche of Nigerians and the truncating of the citizens’ lives, I believe what the Buhari-led Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is doing with these "witches" and "goats" in the face of the nascent-ness of our democracy is a welcomed development. It is a demonstration of what they - the PDP - love to say: "We are not yet there, but we are making progress..." So Ayodele Fayose should concentrate on serving the Ekiti people with "rice and stew very plenty" (RSVP), and stop thinking that his clueless, ineffective rule would be shielded by the feeble armour welding against President Buhari. He indeed overestimated himself when he suggested that President Buhari is after him: who would foolishly care about a house ant when chasing the destructive house rats? Fayose is claiming who he is not to profit from self-importance. His target is to snatch the chairmanship of the PDP Governors’ Forum from his co-conspirator - "the mimicking" Mimiko.
Let the truth triumph!
With time the Nigerian leaders will outgrow impunity, but for now, I believe, the majority of Nigerians love the positive, progressive impunity of the present administration. Was it not for the "do or die" nature, with which "messiah" Obasanjo handle elections in his time? Obasanjo now knows better. Ayodele Fayose is a product of impunity handed down from Obasanjo’s and Jonathan’s regimes. As a governor he has mastered impunity as an official democratic act; was it not this nuisance that locked down Ado Ekiti and prevented traffic in and out of the Ekiti state capital because he wanted to block the legitimate lawmakers from exercising their lawful mandates? Governor Fayose should shut up for presenting himself before equity with bloodied hands. He can never qualify to be a social crusader. He is incompetent to play such role.
Lest we get distracted from looking into the Nigerian coven of witches and the fold of yam-eating goats like Ayo Fayose and Olisa Metuh, the two examples of bad and incompetent representation, let all Nigerians pray that the truth around the present investigations of Jonathan's arms deal materialises, and all Boko Haram masquerades are unmasked and unveiled to answer for how they trampled upon Nigerians as if we were a conquered people. It is time to prove that Nigeria, like President Buhari, is "for everybody and...for nobody".
Ini A. Morgan is a Port Harcourt-based architect, writer and public affairs analyst. He is married with children.
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