Ibori & A Letter to governors regarding “deficit accounting” from 2003: Comments worth sharing

Ibori & looting of Delta

rafiu Says:
September 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm e

Ribadu should remain in a permanent condition of “shut up”. The style of administration he inherited from his mentor Obj, which essentially consists of rhetoric without action to back it up, is to say the least, anti-climax to progress. This is somebody who claimed 34 out of 36 governors were corrupt and could not land a single one in jail. Even this same Ibori had to be found guilty by the British, as was Alams and former Plateau State governor. You would expect Ribadu to find it easy to successfully prosecute anyone who stole the amounts of money we are talking about here. He needs to be reminded that in his profession, it is not what you think, know or say that matters; it is what you prove in a court of law. In this regard, Ribadu was a failure.

 

emotan77 Says:
September 21, 2013 at 5:39 am e

Doctor, thanks.

I know and SEE & agree with most points raised here because when he wanted to be AC candidate for president, I based my WRITTEN objections on his being retired General Obasanjo’s running dog and selectively prosecuting governors, and his lack of maturity.

However, I would not want him to shut up because we must know as much as possible of the EVIL that passes for governance in Nigeria or else we will never resolve all these issues. How could someone offer $19 million bribe – a staggering amount of billions of Naira? Since Nigerians have a collective short memory, the reminder of how his retirement coincided with his deposit of the $19m bribe money at Nigeria’s Central Bank, I believe, is worthy of note.

I wrote, a seeming-millenium ago, that the ruling PDP will destroy Nigeria; the same players led by the man who believed he’s Nigeria “messiah” because Abiola was not are still hard at work running from PDP pillar to PDP post to ruin what’s left of a golden chance their leader got to rework and remake Nigeria, retired Gen Obasanjo, in case there are doubts.

Sincere regards, as always.
TOLA.

 

rafiu Says:
September 20, 2013 at 4:02 pm e

Eh guys, stay cool. It may be a rumour. After all, James Ibori in Nigeria remains a saint. Remember, the Supreme Court claimed he was never convicted even after the judge that sentenced him testified in court!

Replyemotan77 Says:
September 21, 2013 at 5:16 am e

Doctor,

Greetings.

Isn’t it a point of embarrassing shame on Nigeria and ALL her citizens that the cash and carry system of “justice” in Nigeria continues to throw up crooks whose jail door keys would be thrown into the ocean ELSEWHERE despite these criminals being adjudged saints in Nigeria?

Nigerians owe eternal gratitude – as I’ve written here and elsewhere – to that young man, Sowore and his first-rate investigative-journalistic saharareporters.com because without his tenacious effort, that shoplifting-in-the-Uk-for-starters-crook would still be strutting around in high places in Nigeria today.

Policemen, Magistrates, Judges, Appelate Court Judges, Supreme Court judges …? Excuse me, pass the itinerant bags filled with money for MOST.

Sincere regards,
TOLA.

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Layi Says:
September 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm e

It is only in Nigeria that thieves are treated as kings. All the assets of this man should be taken and he should be imprisoned for life. Nigeria is a country with leaders without sense of direction and the so-called leaders are hopeless, greedy and self-centered. There is a need for radical change to save Nigeria and Nigerians.

emotan77 Says:
September 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm e

I concur but who will bell the cat as the saying goes? I hope you also checked out the related story that states how the pardoned former Bayelsan Governor Alams may get all his loot back.

Very true; unless something radical is done that will show you cannot loot and get away with it scot-free, each new set of elected or selected RULERS would be worse than previous ones.

My regards,
TOLA.

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Please remember that comments sent to my mail box can no longer be shared as wordpress.com no longer makes this possible – at least on my blog.  TOLA.

           ALAMISIEGHA LOOT TO BE RETURNED?

Dear Tola,
Greetings from Melbourne …


Hun, that piece on Alams should be taken very seriously o. I hope there will be sustained and very loud outcry against what will amount to a second most wicked looting of public funds. For goodness sake, what kind of government-sanctioned criminality will this be! I bet Alams will not dare go to Court, but it’s not beyond “Ill-luck  Jonathan to attempt to return the loot surreptiously. God forbid. May God give us new leaders who have consciences and who fear God. The Church has a lot to do, starting with herself, otherwise the nation is lost.

Stay blessed

ADEBISI

 

This is enough to make Ribadu A NATIONAL HERO but not necessarily qualify or recommend him for the high office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Not too many have resisted temptation on this scale but many have and continue I am sure,to balk graft in the public place. Ribadu will serve us better if he led and worked for institutionalising anti-corruption ethic and stamping this into our national consciousness,with and through his remarkable moral stand.

Tao

Tao,

Thanks for this.

A president is the only person who can appoint the guy as a sort of Corruption-fighting Czar – to borrow that over-used cliche from America but which president would want to appoint Ribadu?  His most recent foray into public office through Jonathan’s appointment failed for the same reason the first one did.

Unless Nigeria gets a president who is SERIOUS about fighting corruption, and not just mouthing shallow – better still, EMPTY – slogans, Nigeria will become poorer than Haiti as all the wealth would be in private hands whose owners would own what I’ve repeatedly referred to since [before] the ’07 election as a “vast slave plantation” where the majority would be slaving for food in the service of a very few.

Regards, as always,

TOLA.

 

Rafiu/

The forces against which one has to contend in Nigerian Courts to get a conviction are just too overwhelming: what, with the chief law enforcer himself in tight connivance with celebrated looters a la Andoakaa; with the topmost leadership of the Police on the take, a la Tafa Balogun; with the Looter-in-Chief himself collecting billions from harassed governors of poor states like Jigawa for a third term misadventure. Need I go on?

 

That Ribadu successfully prosecuted Tafa Balogun and got a conviction is a first. That Ribadu refused the tempting offer of $15 or $19 million dollars from the killer of Pa Alfred Rewane, better known as Ibori in Her Majesty’s Prison circles in London, is worthy of commendation. That he took on the Yar’Adua government to expose the real puppeteer, James Onanefe Ibori, who virtually and singlehandedly financed the presidential election of Umaru in 2007, will be noted by chroniclers of corruption-war details in Nigeria.

 

Even if we forget about the selective prosecution, Ribadu definitely was not near perfect on the job (who is?) as he suffered the same fate that should befall any human with a messianic complex leading to outsized egos. However, he tried and if rewards in this part of the world were commensurate to efforts, the guy would be celebrated rather than be booted out of office with ignominy!

 

Taoheed

 

Dear Mr. Taoheed,

Dr. Rafiu, one of our Diasporans, is definitely angry at how things got to this before Ribadu would speak but you also saw in his second submission that he understands what is going on at home.

We must give kudos to Ribadu for showing he’s got what it takes to be a Corruption-Fighter, an Ombudsman who will steer the cancer in the face and slay it but he has to be enabled by a president who is definitely not the person on the Nigerian Throne right now.  He has proved beyond doubt that he cannot fight the evil.

 

Regards,

TOLA.

 

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Letters to all governors regarding “deficit accounting”, etcetera by Tola Adenle

It should be with great pleasures that we all contribute our own quota in whatever form to fight corruption and oppression in the country in order to lift the living condition of the suffering masses.

emotan77
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Submitted on 2013/09/20 at 5:39 am | In reply to Fatai Bakare.

Dear Fatai,

Now, that should be taken by all true patriots of Nigeria as a challenge, a metaphorical “call to arms”.

Thanks,
TOLA.

Submitted on 2013/09/20 at 7:59 am by Fatai Bakare | In reply to emotan77.

Yes, I quite agree with the statement being used as a metaphoric “call to take up arms”. However, I know you won’t support this, I would even like taking up of arms in the real sense of it. Enough is enough.

emotan77
emotan.wordpress.com x
info@emotanafricana.com

Submitted on 2013/09/21 at 5:05 am | In reply to Fatai Bakare.

Dear Fatai,

I always admire your tenacity. My rejection of violence to solving Nigeria’s many problems all of which trace their roots to CORRUPTION is the losses of what could be A LOT OF LIVES as these people in power have shown they are ready to do anything to cling to power, including wiping out entire towns.

There are ways which could stop them in their tracks, including first realizing that we need no unions IN THIS COMMUNICATION AGE to organize massive civil disobedience that would involve no more than staying in our homes; the so-called labor leaders have shown – after the Pa Imodous – that labor union leadership is avenue to greater things, not excluding wealth. Homes abroad are now purportedly freely included in the stop-the-masses bribes.

Market days as of old for stocking up after initial stocking up could be once a fortnight, etcetera. Remember, SACRIFICE is a must for everybody because as I’ve often stated here, nobody GIVES freedom to the enslaved; he/she has to TAKE it. I’ve also how very right the Yoruba word for independence/freedom is: nwon GBA ominira – “they” take/took their freedom/independence.

Sincere thanks.
TOLA.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013.  10:49 a.m. [GMT]

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6 Comments on “Ibori & A Letter to governors regarding “deficit accounting” from 2003: Comments worth sharing”

  1. Yisa Ajao Says:

    Because I worked for Obasanjo as a subaltern when he was a young Colonel, I am able to read him like a book; for we were both young at that time and had no hidden political interests or agenda. He is very smart inside the head. He is a politician, I am an academic today.

    Ribadu had a job to be an effective arm of the NPF to combat ‘lootocracy’ from President Obasanjo but the Nigerian political class did not want this job done. I can say Obasanjo wanted to flush the looters starting with Ibori, Alams and others and, incidentally the then IGP. We should all know that without President’s backing, Ribadu is a paper tiger. Power of EFCC is in the incumbent Presidency. Ribadu’s failure was unfortunate. I believe Obasanjo and Ribadu meant well for Nigeria at least to stop the looting spree. We still have a lot of looting going on today.

    Would Ribadu have made a difference? Yes, if the political class had been sincere; it remains insincere today.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Doctor,

      Thanks for your insightful comments, especially as regards the former president, Retired General Obasanjo.

      The political class – meaning politicians and, I must add, top civil servants who are perennially big impediments to progress either at the center or at the state level and the contracting/merchandising class – never wants well for Nigeria because like parasites, the country’s wealth is their life and blood.

      Retired General Obsj. had a particularly golden chance to re-make Nigeria because he had a lot of support from everywhere, including the perennial complainers in the press who gave him near-100 percent support. Again, he put up the EFCC, ICPC and, perhaps other alphabet-agencies that would have aided in routing a cancer that grew wings – that it has now taken off with – under his watch and rendered those corruption-fighting agencies impotent.

      I’m sure if the retired General really had the will to rout, or at least stem the tide of corruption during his eight years, he could have “flushed the looters starting with Ibori …” but his mind might have been on it, but his heart apparently was never there. One of his closest aides, Uba – no choir boy – was caught, remember, smuggling foreign currency into the US while riding with the president in the presidential jet; Uba was also widely reported as never holding either a bachelors, masters or doctorate degree but his boss never sent him packing. Tons of other if-only-Obsj-had.

      The same “presidential backing” that made Ribadu more than a “paper tiger” also stopped him from doing more than he did and it is this apaẹ waa system of governance AT EVERY LEVEL in Nigeria that is ruining us, and that we should, no, MUST fight.

      Sincere regards, as always.
      TOLA.

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    • Fatai Bakare Says:

      I strongly believe that, if we have a change in the party ruling Nigeria come 2015, and Ribadu is made to head the EFCC again, he would do a good job and we shall see if he would be able to bring OBJ’s meat to the staple.

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      • emotan77 Says:

        Thanks, Fatai.

        I believe so, too, at least based on that “heroic” performance against the greedy Ibori whose career in the UK, reportedly started as a shoplifter (with his wife) but did not stop there before graduating to the Big League in Corruption’s fertile land. As you once remarked using a Yoruba proverb, there’s always a day of reckoning even day “ojo gbogbo ni ti ole”.

        Regards,
        TOLA.

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  2. Fatai Bakare Says:

    Rafiu, I feel, is not abreast of judicial corruption in Nigeria. Was it not in Nigeria Ibori was taken to the court by EFCC under Ribadu and was declared not guilty of all the charges against him? Was it not in Nigeria Ibori was declared never being jailed before despite the fact that the judge who jailed him testified of doing so?

    If UK court had been infested with corruption as it is in Nigeria, Ibori would never have been jailed. If Rafiu has a grouse against Ribadu, he should not try to taint the man’s character with falsehood. It was under Ribadu’s EFCC that his police boss was jailed. It’s rather Rafiu that should shut up and not Ribadu.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Fatai,

      People are turned off Ribadu apparently for the reasons of his being inconsistent in the pursuit of opposition party governors while leaving PDP and pro-Obasanjo governors unchallenged but we all know that what Ribadu did by refusing to be compromised by Ibori is perhaps unprecedented in the history of public officials in Nigeria. It is also in the country’s interest as stated in my essay that all information that can come into the public arena on all the crooks should be encouraged.

      I remember Solarin fondly on his dealings during the Cold War when he stated that he did not care if the devil would offer scholarships to Nigerians because he would take them in allusion to encouraging students to seek admission and scholarships to Russian universities versus U.S. universities.

      We owe Ribadu gratitude NOT by way of gifting him with the presidency as stated in Mr. Tao’s mail, though!

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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