Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation-Gate: Would Jonathan Have Fired Anne Welsh?

imageDezieani Allison Madueke, it is understood, spent or is it spends 130 Million Naira monthly to maintain private jet for herself and her immediate family. The math was done and it totaled Tens of billions of Naira. A member of the House of Representatives passed a motion accusing her of the above. What we saw next? Deziani had gotten a court injunction stopping the house of reps from further investigating her. A sane mind’d fathom immediately that she is guilty as charged ( I mean whatever happened to a clear conscience fearing no accusation), but not Uncle Joe. He turned a blind eye which has now turned his trade mark.

Not long ago, Petrpobas, the NNPC of Brazil was rocked by a kickback scheme-a corrupt practice that almost brought Brazil to her knees. This scam saw more than 800 million dollars bribes by big construction and engineering firms in return for inflated contracts with petrobas .Brazil almost came to a halt, until heads began to roll. As we speak , more than 50 individuals have been charged, including a former president, leaders of the senate and lower house respectively. Contrast that to Nigeria where the current Emir of Kano it was who accused the NNPC (Headed by the same Deziani) of one of the greatest heist of all time on the Nigerian people. Instead of a proper investigation (PWC? common, they even told you that the “procedures we performed did not constitute an examination or a review in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards or attestation standards.”), Uncle Joe turned a blind eye. Till this day,It’s been business as usual, nobody is answering to anything even with the so called forensic report which clearly shows that there was a scam against the people of Nigeria-one perpetuated by human beings not ghosts.

Not long before the general elections, Saharareporters leaked a tape of the then minister of state for defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, in a conversation that indicted him of electoral fraud in Ekiti State. We awaited our C-IN-C’s reaction with bated breath. What we got? ‘’It’s all fabrication, why should I investigate something that is not real?’’. Oh my world, even children could allude to the authenticity of that tape. Musiliu Obanikoro (just like Abba Moro under whose watch some of our unemployed youths met their untimely deaths in the name of a sham called recruitment exercise), is still a minister in his cabinet as I type.

There was an argument albeit an unnecessary one on some social media platforms yesterday comparing corruption during GEJ’s regime to OBJ’s. This was in reaction to a leaked tape again by guess who, saharareporters, which revealed that Anne Welsh, CEO of Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation OOF, plotted to launder money through the foundation for a cut of $900,000(Nine hundred thousand dollars).

For me, it is sad that Nigeria has been badly dealt with by her leaders that we now have to compare regimes with repect to corrupt practices.But then again if we have to argue or discuss that ,then OBJ’s got nothing on GEJ.

I don’t like former president Olusegun Obasanjo. I have always thought him a cunning and even corrupt man. If not for the stance of this government on corruption,people like him should be coughing off what have been ripped up off us. in fact I, to a large extent blame him for the agony that has beclouded this country in the last 16 years. We tolerated his 8 years at the helm-8 years of no real good,but foisting another 8 years of ineptitude firstly with a sick Yaradua and then a venal Goodluck Jonathan was the last straw for me. It is unpardonable, but then again, there is corruption and there is the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s out-of-this-world kind of corruption. The last 6 years has shown us that this regime and corruption are inseparable. ‎Atleast under OBJ we witnessed some heads roll,not this one. Corruption became an arm of government and there is no disputing the fact that this regime would go down in history as one that watched it’s people drown, stood by and enjoyed the show.

We just heard Anne was relieved of her duties immediately her deal with the two lebanese was found out late last year and then I thought to myself, would GEJ have fired Anne Walsh?‎ In your honest opinion,what do you think?

PS: This government had to get a parting shot for the parting gift it decided to give us after we booted them out. I mean, what sort of government becomes so heartless as to deny it’s people Electricity and Fuel under this hot sun?
God is great for not allowing another 4 years of this ignominy. We would not have survived it.

Chiechefulam Ikebuiro

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