Perhaps the probe into the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, would end in a whimper. So far no one has been arrested and no one is facing prosecution yet. However, we have all been gainfully entertained and that is enough for us. The former Managing Director of the NDDC may want to tell her stories to gay women at the saloon and everyone would have a good laugh. They would throw back their expensive heads and be joyful at the entertainment. Those great blokes of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, may rummage through the files if they receive some petitions, but then that is it. They are used to wringing their hands.
Nigerians have learnt not to take probes initiated by the National Assembly too seriously. For one, some of the members of the National Assembly know where the bodies are buried. Some of them buried the bodies. Imagine the House of Representatives panel asking Godswill Akpabio about those billions expended by the NDDC. Akpabio is now the current Minister of the Niger Delta.
He knows the Niger Delta. He was a commissioner in Akwa Ibom State where he later served as the governor for eight straight years. Then he served as a Senator and now he is the Minister and yet some people in the National Assembly doubted his assertion that members of the National Assembly are partakers of the perpetual Christmas party in the Niger Delta. Some of those lawmakers may actually be thinking that it was possible to make Akpabio faint! I can assure you that nothing can make Akpabio faint. That trick is for the smaller boys. Akpabio knows the boys; he owns some of the boys and he knows the terrain. Fainting is not for him. He can never be accused of being faint-hearted.
“Let me state here and now that the fight against corruption, a cardinal programme of this administration, is alive and well,” Mohammed said. “President Muhammadu Buhari, the African Union’s anti-corruption champion, who also has an impeccable reputation globally, remains the driver of the fight. Anyone who disagrees that the anti-corruption fight is alive and well is free to dare us.” Then he made a pledge: “We will not cover up for anyone, including the members of our party and government, who faces corruption allegations.”
Mohammed said in the last six years, the government has recovered N800 billion from its anti-corruption fight. It has also secured 1,400 convictions. The real mind-bungling figures were to come from Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General of the Federation. Malami was quoted to have said that the Federal Government’s anti-corruption war has yielded 63.5 billion dollars within a year. This money includes more than 317 million dollars from the Abacha loots. Despite his reputation as an uncommon thief, General Sani Abacha remains a good ancestor who continues to send money to Nigerians from the grave.
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