Monday, 18 July 2016

Stop acting like the Grandfather of Corruption



– Governor Fayose has urged
President Buhari to stop acting
like the grandfather of corruption
in Nigeria
– Fayose urges Nigerians to
demand the release of the
authentic report of the Committee
on Audit of Defence Equipment
Procurement in the Nigerian
Armed Forces
– He says that the moment
documents of probe panels are
being adjusted to shield those
seen as the President’s men, then
Buhari himself is corrupt
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state
has advised President Muhammadu
Buhari to stop acting like the
grandfather of corruption in
Nigeria, even as he asked Nigerians
to demand the release of the
authentic report of the Committee
on Audit of Defence Equipment
Procurement in the Nigerian Armed
Forces.
In a statement issued on Sunday,
July 17, by Lere Olayinka, the
governor’s special assistant on
public communications and new
media, Fayose said that although
fighting corruption is a good
idea, but noted that the moment
documents of probe panels are
being adjusted to shield those seen
as the President’s men, shows that
entire purpose of the corruption
fight has been defeated.

Fayose said it is clear that Buhari
supports corruption, following the
claim by the federal government
that the probe panel only looked
into procurement and contracts
awarded by the military between
2011 – 2015 because documents
regarding procurement from 2007
to 2010 were not available,
Premium Times reports.
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state
has advised President Muhammadu
Buhari to stop acting like the
grandfather of corruption in Nigeria.

He said: “It is now obvious to the
entire world that anyone that is in
President Buhari’s good books can
never be adjudged as corrupt even if
such a person is caught looting the
entire money in Nigeria’s treasury.
“There are many petitions relating to
defence from 2007 that are been
discarded, the question is why?
There are several petitions against
APC leaders that are not being
looked into, the question is why?
“Fighting corruption and targeting
only opponents of the president is in
itself corruption.
“Buhari’s’ Minister of Interior, Major
General Abdul rahman Dambazau
(rtd) was Chief of Army Staff between
2008 and 2010 and the current Chief
Of Army Staff, Major General Tukur
Buratai served as Director of
Procurements, Defence
Headquarters, from 2012 till May
2015.



“It is a fact that the committee in its
terms of reference said it queried all
procurement from 2007 to 2015.
Even the Press Release issued was
titled; ‘Third Interim Report of the
Presidential Committee on Audit of
Defence Equipment Procurement
from 2007 to 2015.
“First paragraph of the committee
report also indicated that it used
2007-2015 as reference, stating that
the committee ‘analyzed
procurement contracts awarded by
or for the Nigerian Army between
2007
and 2015.
“Questions Nigerians must now
begin to ask President Buhari and his
government are; where is the report
of Presidential Committee on Audit of
Defence Equipment Procurement
relating to 2007 to 2010? Who
doctored the committee report and
why?
“Lai Mohammed said the Committee
would commence the audit of
procurement from 2007 to 2010 ‘as
soon as the necessary documents
are available’, it is necessary that
Nigerians are told who the
custodians of the documents are.
Why were documents on
procurement from 2011 and 2015
available and those of 2007 to 2010
not available?
“Early this year, we were told that an
ally of President Buhari and chieftain
of the APC, Brig. General Jafaru Isa
(rtd) refunded N100 million of the
N170 million he allegedly received
from ex-NSA, Sambo Dasuki.
“Jafaru Isa who was a member of the
19-man Buhari Transition Committee
was released after he was allegedly
assisted by the Presidency to refund
N100 million to the anti-graft
commission and since then, nothing
has been heard about the case. He
was not charged to court like others.
“It took the Ministry of Defence and
the Code of Conduct Bureau only one
week to clear Buratai but others from
the opposition party would be
languishing in prison while EFCC go
about fishing for evidence against
them.
“Like I and other well-meaning
Nigerians have maintained, fighting
corruption is a good idea but the
moment documents of probe panels
and being doctored to shield those
seen as the President’s men, the
entire purpose of the corruption fight
has been defeated.
“The international community must
therefore prevail on President Buhari
to stop acting like the grandfather of
corruption in Nigeria by making the
anti-corruption war all-inclusive
instead of this clear persecution of
his perceived political enemies, and
the first step to demonstrate that will
be the immediate release of report of
the Presidential Committee on Audit
of Defence Equipment Procurement
covering 2007 to 2015.”




Meanwhile, Fayose recently opened
up on his effort to have a word
with President Buhari, who he has
frequently criticized recently.
But according to the governor, he
called the Aso Villa three times,
asking to speak to the president,
but e ach time his call was diverted
to the Buhari’s chief security
officer.