I recently asked a question via twitter.
I wrote: "Who will you trust: a man who stole a billion dollars or a
man who secretly buried a human being?"
While the crime of straightforward
stealing is humongous and capital in my books, and I have severally written on
how the stealing
of Jonathan was killing, the Bible and
Quran give an official sentence of amputation for stealing and death for
killing. Both merit capital punishments but sometimes with stealing you may
While I may not directly blame
Buhari in the killing of hundreds in Zaria last year; and I may not accuse him
directly in the secret burial of them (let's assume he did not know and is
being denied national security updates) but can we possibly pretend that
he did not hear of el-Rufai's mass burial confession? And if he missed that
news, can we again pretend that he missed Amnesty International's calls for
immediate securing and forensic investigation of Mando mass grave that the dead
may get reprieve and soon be laid to rest decently?
Buhari's silence for a month since the
Kaduna confession is worrying and indicting. This is where we have deadly
corruption that is not stealing.
I'll give a few more examples.
What do we call the silence and immunity
given to marauding suspected Fulani herders? It's not stealing but it is deadly
What do we say about the nepotism by the
Central Bank, secretly hiring hundreds of politicians' family members right up
to the President's? And what do we say of President Buhari's silence on
the alleged crimes?
What do we call the perversion of
Nigeria's system with the army empowered in dictatorial style to usurp the role
of the police?
What do we call the failure to sack and
interrogate the Enugu police commissioner directly implicated in the deaths of
dozens during the Enugu massacre?
What do you say of the DSS statement,
extracting five of fifty five bodies to paint an inciting and very dangerous
picture of Fulani targeting in Igbo land?
What do we call the failure to bring to
book those who padded the budget?
What do we call the permission given to
Tunde Fashola to put single boreholes at N160,000,000 a piece!
Quadruple the embezzlement that we stoned Stella Oduah for?
What do you call Lai Mohammed possibly
violating the TSA law and borrowing N13 million to travel to China un-needfully
when we have a salary earning ambassador there to represent Nigeria?
What do we call the artificial scarcity
and new fuel scam as Godwin and Kachikwu connive and decide to condemn
Nigerians to buy fuel imported at the black market dollar rate while the CBN
promises unfettered access to billions of CBN N197 dollars to serially
ungrateful and oppressive Beggar-thy-countrymen
Dangote who sells his cement we helped him with government favors to
manufacture at thrice the global average?
What do we say about a government that
decides to hike fuel prices for millions so shares in Dangote's company and
other refinery investing cabals' projects may rise?
What do we call the new fuel scam
Kachikwu and Godwin are opening up to promote a duplicity in import price
and to promote the bank formalized black market round tripping of dollars?
How do you describe the hardship the
Buhari government imposed on Nigerians for most of their first year by refusing
to import sufficient quantities of the readily available PMS, simply because
they had better things to do with forex and as is evident, wanted to prep
Nigerians for the black market forex priced scam?
What do you say of Kachikwu's March 23rd
confession that the fuel scarcity was artificial and due to his "strategically
reserving" / hoarding the PMS product of the local refineries?
Hoarding toward this hike in favor of the cabal as is now obvious.
In these cases, while many do not
fit the stealing classification, they are corruption that is not stealing but
is killing. Perhaps Jonathan had a point.
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