In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 18th, July, 2020

Magu’s Fall From Grace Does Not Name For Rejoicing

Magu's Fall From Grace Does Not Call For Rejoicing

The case of Ibrahim Magu, the suspended performing chairman of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee requires a sober reflection. Regardless that the allegations are but to be examined in court docket, it is rather damning and has wrecked his repute, character, and identify. Whereas some individuals are rejoicing over his predicament, I imagine that the destiny that befell him is a setback for a few of us who imagine that there are nonetheless good folks in Nigeria, males, and ladies of integrity prepared and able to work for the great of the widespread man.


For the previous 5 years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, I’ve devoted my time and vitality bringing to fore gray areas his administration has rendered pathetic service to the folks. I’ve additionally constantly referred to as out corrupt folks in his authorities. To be sincere, I’m actually upset with Buhari’s authorities and Magu’s case provides to it.


Democracy in Nigeria to me is sort of a merry-go-round – a working round in circles the place we repeat the identical issues to get the identical outcomes. No Development. No innovation. No Future. Since Buhari grew to become President in 2015, I can be a liar to say that now we have transcended. It has been the identical outdated rusty highway, blown round by the breeze of remorse. Repeating the identical errors and studying nothing new from our failures. Nigeria is blind, beggarly, and cursed. Issues have gone from unhealthy to worse. That is 2020, we nonetheless haven’t got regular gentle. In 2018 alone, over 20 million Nigerians had been unemployed in line with information by the Nationwide Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Take into account that with what now we have now. It should have tripled. We now have killer herdsmen and killer bandits. Petrol at N143/litre. $1 is now N470. We’re charged VAT for renting a home, vehicles, meals, calls, and nearly every part. There may be VAT even to pay and withdraw your personal cash. It’s hell in Nigeria. We purchase the identical vehicles, computer systems, chairs, and lots of different issues yearly for Buhari, his ministers, and the Nationwide Meeting. What occurred to those we purchased the 12 months earlier than? There may be change, however solely the politicians who dwell off our commonwealth, shopping for themselves completely different vehicles and mansions each month benefit from the good a part of that change. They transfer round with the perfect of our cops to guard them from our filthy arms. They arrive every so often to the villages using luxurious vehicles and ultimately, they fly again to Abuja, steal cash meant for initiatives turning our roads to loss of life zones. I really feel very bitter every time figuring out that we’re caught right here with politicians who’re prepared to complement their pockets than work for the great of the plenty.

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So Sorry I digressed a bit. 


Again to Magu. 


I used to be a bit impressed by Magu’s anti-corruption combat regardless that it was selective. I had ceased from criticizing him after seeing the style he efficiently prosecuted some infamous ex-governors, even to the purpose of jailing them. He appeared to me like somebody who got here for severe enterprise. However whereas nailing the unhealthy guys, he was unable to account for the issues he recovered from them. That was a bitter turnoff.


I meticulously adopted the drama birthed by his appointment and the fallout between him and the eighth Nationwide Meeting. I had thought it was a case of witch-hunting. It gave me severe concern. However, the damning allegations introduced in opposition to his particular person left me with nightmares particularly for the truth that the presidency as at the moment dismissed it as mere hypothesis instigated by his enemies to ridicule his particular person.


Now, the previous has come to hang-out him. One wonders if Buhari doubted the report of the Division of State Safety years again, accusing Magu of graft and proudly owning selection properties overseas, why is he performing now? Inasmuch as I want to see this as a wakeup name on the a part of Buhari, however one thing tells me this could be a powerplay between Magu and Buhari’s Legal professional-Common Abubakar Malami. I’m not good at conspiracy theories, so I can’t go into particulars of the powerplay, antagonism, and accusations of insubordination between the 2. 


Magu’s case is symptomatic of Nigeria’s many a long time of systematic, political, infrastructural, and academic decay that has left political workplace holders usurping political places of work for private achieve, with out an iota of accountability. These officeholders of their determined bid to confuse the residents, regale us with unbelievable tales of unspeakable imaginative and prescient to rework the nation. Once they get into political positions, they deal with us like lepers, make us their enemies, ostracize and mock us whereas stuffing their pockets with our treasures. Magu is just not alone on this – now we have tons of of them within the government, legislative and judicial arms of presidency. Do you surprise why a sure Nigerian choose will fortunately supply to be given a ‘raise’ on a aircraft? Tomorrow once we converse in regards to the rot within the system, you surprise why. When somebody does you such a favour, do you assume for those who carry a case in opposition to such an airplane proprietor earlier than the ‘honourable’ choose that you’re going to get justice? The Nigerian system is a dung that corrupts even essentially the most upright of souls. It backs the wealthy whereas pissing on the poor. It takes from the poor and provides to the wealthy. Corruption smells all over the place you gaze. We’ve been invaded by women and men who lack character, individuals who can promote their souls for cash, buying monumental wealth for generations unborn, evil-hearted, cold-blooded looters of our widespread treasury.

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The accusation that Magu re-looted public funds he recovered and offered some off to his cronies is a humiliation to the federal government. It tells of a weak establishment missing checks and balances. A seasoned tradition of a complete lack of accountability, oversight, and belief. It’s a disappointment on the a part of the federal government that these they projected as having impeccable character now make plans with the enemy to deprive the plenty of their rightful dues. How would you like the folks to belief a authorities that’s represented by thieves? A authorities that has proven its desire for harbouring rogues and dinning with dishonest people. A authorities that loves appointing folks with questionable character into positions of authority. 


Magu’s downfall is a catastrophe for all of us. Who can we now belief? Even Buhari cannot be trusted. Every now and then he fills our ears with information of Boko Haram’s defeat, but every day our brothers and sisters are ambushed by the terrorists and killed in grotesque trend. His personal appointees flout laid down legal guidelines, break all protocol at state features, bury their lifeless within the firm of mammoth crowd amid coronavirus pandemic whereas celebrating the arrest of those that break the identical guidelines they broke to carry a home occasion. I do know, they’re particular and above the legislation. 


One thing is admittedly improper with Nigeria. A rustic the place the commoners can not get authorities jobs by benefit. Slots are given out to politicians and it is delivered to public consideration with nobody feeling disturbed. What do you name a rustic the place ministers assign job slots to politicians who in flip give out the roles to the best bidder, even to their cronies, aspect chics, sugar mummies, sugar daddies, convicts, robbers and all method of individuals on the detriment of those that merited such positions? Such a rustic will start incompetent and unqualified of us who suck at their work. Grasping of us who demand bribes at each checkpoint on the town; spiritual warriors who cannot enable you progress freely and legally on the airports with out coercing you into giving them cash; of us who’re able to loot authorities fund at any given alternative. That’s precisely what now we have. That’s your Nigeria.

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Every day you get up till you die, do not forget that Magu’s downfall is a reminder to all of us that our establishments are weak and the highway to a greater Nigeria for our youngsters remains to be very far. It reminds us of our damaged establishments, of an absence of accountability that has pervaded the very core of our political existence. It isn’t Magu that has fallen, it’s Nigeria; it’s our future.


Alexander Thandi Ubani writes from Lagos.

He is a journalist. 

Twitter: @thandiubani

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