With indications that many former governors in the last political dispensation may find a place in the new federal cabinet, President Yar'Adua may have soft-pedalled on the expected prosecution of many of them who have been found to be corrupt.
Nigeria has a Justice Minister whose main preoccupation is to help corrupt officials escape with stolen public money. The man, who also serves as the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Michael Aondoakaa, was counsel to some of the same dirty scoundrels he now attempts to protect, ironically, with the rule of law. President Umaru Yar'Adua can no longer pretend the war on corruption is not being watered down from the inside. The Citizens for Nigeria has, therefore, decided that the President must let Aondoakaa go, or Mr. Yar'Adua will be on record as ending the hopeful war on corruption in Nigeria.
The Citizens for Nigeria, on September 11, wrote President Umaru Yar’Adua, demanding the immediate removal of Mr. Michael Aondoakaa from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. A few days later, legal luminary, Mr. Gani Fawehinmi, echoed the CFN, asking that Mr. Aondoakaa be let go.
The CFN letter sent by DHL to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, was received by a presidential aide, Mr. Nuhu Ibrahim. A copy of the letter was also sent to the embattled Attorney General. The CFN took the position that the Minister had become an impediment to the progressive fight against corruption, working from the inside to weaken the national will for honesty in pu blic service, while serving only the interests of his former clients.
Read Letter: Loss of Confidence in the Minister of Justice
Only the unintelligent optimist would have failed to observe subtle moves since the inception of the Mr. Umaru Yar'Adua administration to weaken anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria. It cannot, therefore, be stunning to hear that the last bold move to remove the remaining block in the immensely strong Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) - the plot to send its Chairman, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, to a useless training program that has helped to breed the most corrupt administrators in the country - has been hatched. It is a shame, a repugnant outcome for a government that ought to be very humble before Nigerians. It is a distraction we unambigously reject.
The Citizens for Nigeria (CFN) is deeply troubled by media accounts of the possibility that within the National Assembly lurks dishonorable fraudsters. Senator Nuhu Aliyu of Niger State, who raised the fear that some federal lawmakers are known criminals, was ready to immediately release names of the masquerading legislators to the citizens of Nigeria, but was abruptly and inexplicably shut down by the Senate leadership.
The Citizens for Nigeria (CFN) welcomes with optimism for the future of Nigeria, the attempt by the National Assembly to find ways through which the former President, General Olusegun Obasanjo, has impoverished the nation. It is now public knowledge that the former President is nothing but a pretender, having helped himself, family and cohorts to loot the nation in his eight years in power. However, the CFN is also interested that the dragnet be spread so wide that all those who stole from the national treasury long before now, from anytime of possible record, be publicly scrutinized for fraud. The list should be long, and include all those retired generals, bureaucrats, politicians and businessmen living in unlimited influence and affluence.
The bold and insensitive dismissal of Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), by the Nigeria Police marks the end of pretention by the Umaru Yar'Adua administration and the beginning of reality and truth regarding what Nigeria is about to become. This president is neither a pathfinder nor a savior, but a protector of the ugly past. It is time for well-meaning Nigerians to wake up from an 18-month slumber to do whatever it would take to crush the stumps of the past before it regrows.
"WE need a very strong President in our country. We need a man who will do what is right for the nation as an entity and for the people. We need a man who will put programmes and policies that will lift the ordinary man from the doldrums of poverty to happiness. We need a man who will stand against all forms of social injustices; the most paramount is corruption." A few of the powerful new year statements from Gani Fawehinmi about the kind of nation Nigeria should be.
The religious violence resulting from the activities of the politically-connected Boko Haram organization is to be used by the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) to fight the opposition ANPP in the 2011 elections, intelligence reports have indicated. The Nigerian armed forces’ strike against Boko Haram likely is a calculated move by the PDP to lay the groundwork to defeat the ANPP and deliver all Nigerian states to the PDP in the 2011 elections. Boko Haram has always been a political as well as a religious organization with close ties to powerful politicians.The political elite in north-eastern Nigeria attempted to use Boko Haram for militancy as in the Niger Delta. The ANPP likely uses Boko Haram in its own violent campaign tactics in emulation of Niger Delta politics, which means a crackdown on it is a crackdown on the ANPP, the PDP's strongest challenger in the rigged 2007 elections.
Press Statement Issued by the Citizens for Nigeria: The Citizens for Nigeria (CFN) is concerned by the sneaky return of Nigeria's ailing President Umaru Ya'Adua into the country like a thief. The ostensibly forced evacuation from the Saudi Arabian hospital on the same day President Yar'Adua was expected to be visited by a six-man Nigerian government delegation reeks of opportunism, deceit, conspiracy, maneuvering and a readiness to further fragment the nation that had just begun to recover from his 93-day absence from office without leave.