As I continue to pray for Allah to forgive you and bless you, I also pray for you to belong to the inhabitants of Al-Jannatul Firdausi – the highest and most respectable paradise in the Hereafter.
Every year the likes of your political associates, supporters as well as the best wishers for you used to undertake anniversary celebrations for your demise. While you were alive, you dedicated yourself to the worship of Allah. You fear Him because you knew one day, you will meet Him.
The fear of Allah made you what the people are celebrating annually in view of your contributions to the “Talakawa” whom you fought, depend and named the struggle “Democratic Humanism.” It is the fear of Allah that made you return and collect receipt of #2million into the coppers of the federal government when you were a Minister. The rest has become a history.
Sir, it will surprise you to note that the political atmosphere has completely changed into something else. The introduction and implementation of the American system of government has thrown the country into the hands of rogues, mischievous, unpatriotic, etc that raised more questions than answers.
Nigerians are now calling for the withdrawal of the system or demanding for a referendum to change the whole system. Unfortunately, the constitutional experts say there was nothing like referendum in the country’s constitution. The issue of having a referendum does not arise.
Sir, Nigerians are now in the dilemma as the constitution has sideline the people (local governments) but empowered the Executives to do away everything they consider not best for themselves. The case of State-Local government joint account is a testimony.
The ideology you preached “Democratic Humanism” is no longer relevant to the leaders of today. Many present Nigerian leaders of today from Councilor upwards preached “Moneyism” ideology. The political leaders have developed the urge to grasp wealth, popularity and power to commit all kinds of atrocities without anybody, even the Judiciary (which is worse) cannot call them to order.
The State legislators are in shoulder to shoulder with the Judiciary in terms of corruption and abuse of office. They always have cups in hands to the executives to beg for money at the detriment of the poor people in the country.
Your blessed memory, the sons and daughters, the supporters and admirers you left behind are now the leaders’ in-charge of running the affairs of the country. They are the ones to protect, depend and uphold the country’s constitution in manners to making the ordinary people suffer but their families live in mansions and riches.
Sir, let me not bother you much in your blessed memory of death but what has happened in the history of this country from 1999 to date, remains unbelievable, a mirth, imaginary, a forecast or a dream for a trust and worthy person to assimilate.
The country is blessed with distinguished and honorable financial squanderers who dressed decently but nicely to steal, rob, embezzled, mismanaged and above all ‘safe’ keep the loots in houses, forests, cemeteries, etc outside the banking system.
Occasionally, the Central Bank of Nigeria will highlight on the inflation figure, money deposit banks, rise and fall of our currency, etc with or without knowing what is happening to other ‘safe’ keeping instruments out of the economic system.
Lastly, the country has now acknowledged the arrival of a leader who appears to follow your footsteps in the area of transparent honesty and accountability. He has waged a war of insurgency which yielded good results, a war in the bribery and corruption which stopped the national assembly from attending bills sent to it by the presidency to set up Special Courts in related corrupt cases and a war in making the economy stand alone on its own cutting everything less important in order to save the country’s foreign exchange.
However, despite all these, the President is not left alone. He was accused of being surrounded in the kitchen cabinet with those who do not wish the country well. What the leader preached, they tend to go other ways to counteract his policy/ideology.
For example, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal, is on suspension for awarding contracts of grass cutting for $500,000.00 to his own company, “Rholavision Engineering” of which he was a Director. This clearly was a breach of public office code of conduct ethics.
The National Intelligence Agency, Director General Ambassador Ayo Oke went along with the SGF on suspension for illegally acquiring and keeping ‘cash’ in dollars, pound sterling and in naira totaled N15billion or $50 million in a private building in Osborne Street in Lagos.
Some critics say, there were more corruptible elements in the government who needed to be shown the way out of the government but kept mute because the issue is being handled with care.
Sir, since 1999 to date, there was only one single former impeached Governor in the whole of Nigeria that was imprisoned outside the country. He was tried in Nigeria and acquitted. The British government found him guilty and imprisoned him for years and returned to Nigeria in a rousing welcome by his people.
You see! Somebody stole your money, laundered same abroad and was imprisoned, yet, you happily welcome him home again to deceive, cheat and play with your intelligence. What unserious minded people we have in this country?
Many of the Governors found guilty of corruption and abuse of office since then have been busy going about normal businesses, visiting friends and relatives without concern. Some of them have been blaming the federal government on the slow action taken on corrupt cases. Others have resorted in blackmailing the government with unfavorable propaganda leading to higher rate of exchange, non availability of foodstuff, owing workers’ salary for more than 9 months, ineffective power supply; deterioration of bad roads, etc.
Above all, the national assembly which has the majority of the members won election under platform of the President has been working under the cover to thwart the efforts of the federal government not to achieve its aims and objectives on bribery and corruption scandals.
In conclusion, I pray for the Almighty Allah to forgive you and bless you. As for those who passed before you, I pray to Allah to have mercy and forgive them. As far as we are concerned, I pray to Allah to give us the best of this world and the hereafter. Ameen!