Anti-Corruption: Why Buhari must ignore PDP’s crocodile tears, limit rule of law — MURIC

FILE PHOTO: The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr Oilsa Metuh, at the Federal 
High Court, where he is Standing Trial over Alleged N400m Fraud in Abuja
FILE PHOTO: The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr Oilsa Metuh, at the Federal High Court, where he is Standing Trial over Alleged N400m Fraud in Abuja

A rights group, Muslims Rights Concern, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore calls for the release of former officials being tried for corruption.

In a statement Monday, the executive director of the group, Ishaq Akintola, said Nigeria needed to apply limit to its obedience of the rule of law at this time to enable it to make headway in bringing looters to book.

Mr. Akintola, a professor, said if released on bail, some of the suspects might escape from the country, and evade justice.

The statement said, “Members of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some sponsored groups have accused the Federal Government (FG) of failing to respect the rule of law in its ongoing war against corruption. They want looters, saboteurs and traitors to be granted bail and set free even when it is obvious that such people are most likely to jump bail by fleeing from the country.

“The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) frowns at any attempt to make a mockery of the rule of law. It is a flagrant abuse of the principles of democracy to talk of human rights in defense of those who diverted huge funds earmarked for the purchase of arms. It is only in Nigeria that self-confessed criminals are indulged under the guise of democracy and the rule of law.

“How can anyone be talking of the rule of law now when the same rule of law gave those who stole N33 billion police pension fund a pat in the back and asked them to pay N750,000 only! The rule of law guaranteed the freedom of a dictator’s son who laundered N446 billion. The rule of law gave everlasting immunity to a former governor of Rivers State who stole $500 million. The list is endless.

“It has always been looting ad infinitum and the law had always looked the other way. But now that integrity is in power and it is making thieves accountable, suddenly we find the rogues appearing in court on wheelchairs, some with crutches, all in an attempt to hoodwink Nigerians. Some insist on being allowed to travel abroad just to treat ordinary sore throat. How can we be so careless as to grant their wish?

“Can’t we see the implications on the lives of 180 million people if 55 people only have the temerity to steal N3.1 trillion within six years and they still have the audacity to hide under the rule of law to enjoy their loot while the rest of us whistle for our dinner? Does that not explain why there are no good roads, no electricity, no qualitative education and no drugs in the public hospitals? Should we still play dumb by allowing them to escape to some remote island?

“Rule of law without limits will protect, promote and project corruption. It will provide escape routes for kleptomaniacs and put our gallant propagators of the war against corruption in chains. We must draw a thick line of demarcation between corruption and rule of law.

“Nigerians should beware of rule of law without borders. Even the greatest democracies in the world apply limits to their practice of rule of law. That is why the United States has Guantanamo Bay, the widely condemned practice of rendition and waterboarding as a special form of torture. Yet it is all in the national interest. They are all practiced to fight terrorism, America’s greatest challenge of our time.

“Terrorism is America’s greatest challenge and the rule of law was not allowed to protect it. In the same vein, corruption is Nigeria’s greatest challenge today and we should not allow the rule of law to stand between us and victory over corruption. We must see the need to create a border line between corruption and rule of law.

“The two are incompatible. Corruption is like a gangarene sticking hard to the national anatomy, sucking its blood dry. This gangarene must be burned out with hot iron if necessary. Corruption is a giant monster with its jaws wide open to swallow up the social order. In fact, corruption is a potent threat to the rule of law. We must therefore destroy corruption to save the rule of law otherwise society will collapse.

“It is difficult to understand the mentality of the PDP as a party as it continues to defend the indefensible. Shameful confessions are being made on a daily basis yet the party’s megaphones still find ways of extenuating the shocking revelations. Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are. It is birds of the same feather that flock together. We must leave the thieves to defend the thieves. They have the noun ‘thief’ and the verb ‘to steal’. Men and women of integrity must stand firm on the path of transparency, probity and accountability. We must allow the world to see that we are prepared to stand by the truth.

“For the avoidance of doubts, MURIC remains non-partisan and we do not care about the fortunes of any political party. But we must raise the alarm if the PDP which has been in power for 16 years is found to have taken this country to the cleaners.

“How can we remain neutral when in his popular hadith man raa minkunm munkaran, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) warned against sitting on the fence on matters like this? He said, “Whoever sees any evil should use his hands to change it. If this is not possible, he should employ his tongue (i.e. speak out against it). If this is not possible, he should use his heart (i.e. pray against it) but that (i.e.) using the heart) is the weakest form of faith”.

“How can MURIC turn the blind eye when the Glorious Qur’an also warned, “Beware of a calamity that will not befall the perpetrators of evil alone” (i.e. both the guilty and the innocent will suffer, Qur’an 8:25). No wonder 180 million innocent Nigerians are suffering from the iniquities of a tiny cabal comprising of 55 selfish, greedy and avaricious people.

“The Italian poet, Dante Alighieri argued that “The hottest part of hell will be reserved for those who in times of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.” Therefore every conscious Nigerian must speak out against this massive fraud which led to the deprivation of our gallant soldiers of much needed weapons, the resultant death of several gallant soldiers, the destruction of many churches and mosques, the loss of more than 150,000 lives of innocent Northerners among them women and children as well as over one million people of the North East who fled their homes.

“We must not leave the ruling party, the All People’s Congress (APC), to do all the fighting alone. It is not about the APC. It is about Nigeria and our collective survival as a people. All of us are now suffering for the moral debauchery and financial recklessness of our past leaders.

“Finally, we appeal to the world community to ignore the crocodile tears of the opposition camp, the campaigns of calumny of its sponsored agents and the claims of vendetta and political victimization by PDP’s cronies. Nigerians support the war against corruption but we cannot afford rule of law without borders at this point in time.”

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  • The Nigerian quagmire

    I totally agree with MURIC. I stand with this president in the fight against corruption.

    • I support MURIC 100%.PMB please carry go.

  • owhonda

    Nothing more to add to this sir. I am beginning to respect Muslims.

  • Dan Arewa

    Crocodile tears; if they like they should shed blood tears but they will not get away with this. I believe in Buhari and his fight against the killers of this country. The killers of common Nigerian citizens.

  • tundemash

    Over to usual wailing wailers TAWANDA, Deri, eclub, Shareidea to put a religious colouration to this as usual.

    • Julius

      They will come back to the same rant . Wait, its the Yorubas fault. Tinubu and others will be named.

  • Ela

    Oga sir..It is simplty called “INNOCENT until proven Guilty,pls lets respect dat

    • Julius

      Did those that shared the money thought about that before they do what they did ?

    • tundemash

      Did you apply same “INNOCENT until proven guilty” to terrorist Shekau or petty armed robbers ?

  • Okolo

    The most annoying part of all dis is dat,So many poor broke and hungry Nigerians are even the ones wailing “rule of law” d most,its pathetic how u r all used by these same politicians dat hav looted u dry all these years,wat is my business wit d rule of law wen these BASTARDS stole money meant 4 generations,HANG THEM ALL Mr President..THIEVES

  • milky

    i love this write up , d only problem is that its partilistic….if a man has four girls n boys making it eight in a family n after many years he decides to make them to be responsible he should treat both male n female with same principle , dats justice……

  • EEffiong P Bassey

    If Buhari is serious on fighting corruption and not witch hunting opponents he will know that only a thorough investigation yielding solid facts backed by a competent team of prosecutors who can prove beyond doubt that a crime was committed in a court of law is what is needed most as this will also serve to unravel and prevent such crimes from being perpetuated in future.

    • tundemash

      Metuh claimed he got paid N400m by NSA for an undisclosed job done. Anenih confessed he took N260m from Dasuki to pay Ole Falae, Nwobodo and Yakassai; Ole Falae, Nwobodo and Yakassai admitted they received the stolen money. Nduka Obiagbena admitted he received N600m from Dasuki as compensation for terrorist and armed robbery attacks even though NSA isn’t an insurance company. We have army officers who deserted war front because they claimed they were not equipped enough. We had a Defence Minister Alex Badeh who claimed the army was not well equipped. So what thorough investigation and solid facts are u looking for Mr. Ignorance ?

  • EEffiong P Bassey

    All I see here is a despotic man bent on throwing any opposition figure into jail to make way for absolute rule.

    • tundemash

      All we had in the past were a gang of rogues who stole your destiny and were bent on stealing the future of your generations unborn too.

  • milly

    just like they say, charity begins at home , Buhari should have started with corrupt PDP defectors now APC members n let d world see he is fighting corruption but now we aint feeling d impact at all ,….wat we see is party to party war

  • Jude Adaeze

    Wateva it takes to hang all them thieves,i will stand wit u baba,let these wailers keep crying crocodile tears,lol noise makers

  • thomas

    This professor is yet to understand that corruption as in morality goes beyond financial profligacy to the loss of values which every individual citizens need to work on. Corruption is more in the action rather than finances. When the attitude is not right the actions cannot be right. I encourage MURIC to do of moral rebranding in Muslim faithfuls instead of the wrong nose-dives of financial corruption. Nigeria’s problem of moral bankruptcy is the prima-dona of corruption. And any President, group or individual who wish to fight corruption must take the tree by the root. Financial corruption is one of the fruits of decayed value system. As long as the tree still has it root the fruit will always surface with time. When this happen the ill motivated corruption fight becomes a laughing stock.

    • Addallah

      Mr Thomas I find ur comment disrespectful to the muslim people.Bye

      • thomas

        i hold great respect to you and my entire Muslim brother (faithful). I do not mean to disrespect my people. All of us including me need re-orientation into moral values and ideals of society. It is the way forward rather than the selective corruption fight by Mr. President.

  • Regina

    APC will never stop corruption in Nigeria coz some of they cabinet are corrupt……….they run from PDP to APC to hide themselves

  • elivis elvis

    It (MURIC) among famous and great policies of past regimes has remained mute without a least support and acknowledgement. I can’t remember how this group had supported government. This now seem like an ill fated verdict orchestrated by the whims of parochialism at the plethora of inconsistency. The expectation of Nigerians regarding President Buhari has been one of economic problems. The “El Buhari” era of hunger is gradually being replicated due to the same incapacity to make economic planning. Flouting court order is a taboo. I prefer the law to rule instead of being rule by the unknown, inconstant and arbitrary WILL of another man. Your analysis is pure evil that is repugnant to natural justice, equity and good conscience.

  • monalisa

    most APC are from PDP ….so let d probe start from APC then will agree Buhari is corruption

    • Joe

      What do you want to probe?

  • Opia

    Nobody’s saying they shouldn’t fight corruption,but the way ur oga presido is doing it is not right sir

    • Joe

      Which way is right for you

  • Ela

    We shud condemn what mr president is doing wit d way hes going about dis anti corruption fight really..BIAS

    • Joe

      When Obj venture into corruption fight we complained. Here again we are complaining. Please offer a better way or you just keep your mouth shut

  • mona

    pure fact…….since i understood that EFCC is more of police officers ….. my mouth has been shut…. but i believe d best way to catch a theif is to use a theif….period

  • jose

    That’s APC for you and that the change

    • Julius

      If it wasnt for the APC, you wouldnt know about Dasuki. Would you ? APC is already doing what a sane political party ought to be doing .

  • AISHA

    i believe this 2.1billlion went thru CBN ……EFCC where is SANUSI………………….

    • Holy truth

      So y did u think sanusi was sacked by futunato & his looting gangs?

      • JSA1

        THIS LOOTING OF $2.1B and NGN643B took place under the present CBN Governor.

        • Holy truth

          I know, I was just try to let AISHA know dat sanusi was sacked bcos he blew d first whistle dat blew open d massive looting under futunato Ebola d port Harcourt drunkard(PhD)

  • Omo

    APC idi ara

  • Those who oppose PMB method of fighting corruption are yet to suggest what better way to fight this canker worm/monster that is almost destroying us as a nation. Except they come clear with a convince method, I remain PMB carry go.

    • JSA1

      GoodMan, you are damn right!. Please, read my comment earlier posted on this platform. “THIS IS A BIG CHALLENGE TO THE CHRISTIAN FOLK. HOW CAN A MUSLIM BE THE ONE TO DIRECT CHRISTIANS TO BE GODLY? IT IS UNFORTUNATE. THIS IS THE KIND OF WRITE UP WE NEED TO BE READING FROM GOOD SCHOLARS LIKE PROF. AKINTOLA. MAY GOD GUIDE HIM AND HIS GROUP. WHEN GOOD REFUSE TO DO SOMETHING, DEFINITELY, BAD WILL TAKE OVER. WE MUST ALL RISE AND SPEAK AGAINST THE EVIL OF YESTERDAY SO THAT OUR TOMORROW WILL BE OK. THANK YOU PROF. AKINTOLA. REMAIN BLESSED.

    • tundemash

      They will tell you rule of law. Same rule of law that went to sleep when GEJ , Dasuki, Dokpesi, Denziani, Haliru Bello were raping Nigeria.

  • halima

    The constitution is the governing authority of this republic, and the president is, as are all Nigerians, governed by the Constitution. It would amount to overreach for the president to break the thin glass boundaries that established the separation of powers under the constitution. It would be power-grabbing, and the National Assembly and the courts must keep an eye on this president. In fact, it is about time that the National Assembly moved to reduce some of the powers granted the president, because one of the great sources of corruption in Nigeria is the enormous and almost limitless power granted the executive by this constitution designed by the military. Let me advert the minds of Nigerians to January 1, 1984: a military coup had just sacked the democratically elected Government of President Shehu Shagari. At the head of that coup was a tall, lean, unsmiling General, who came across as a Spartan, no-nonsense, missionary soldier, out to rescue Nigeria from political and economic collapse.

    Shagari had just been re-elected in a very controversial election, which had the great Nnamdi Azikiwe spewing fire in his very prophetic, as it turned out, post-election letter to Nigerians, “History Will Vindicate the Just,” published widely in the Nigerian Press. It was clear that the election was riddled with irregularities. Yet, corruption in the politics of those years was the bread and butter kind. It was confined mostly in the political parties. The civil institutions were still intact: the public service; the judicial system; the entire bureaucracy of state governance which could put to check to the excesses of political leadership. And they were still all there in 1984. Then came Buhari and his dark-browed praetorian guard, sacking the civil government, and instituting a rule by decrees. The first order of business was to dismantle the credibility of the elected political leaders the soldiers had sacked. In very elaborate fashion General Buhari and his rubber-stamp Supreme Military Council authorized the arrest, detention, and prosecution of the discredited politicians. His Minister for Justice, Chike Ofodile quickly crafted decrees that established extrajudicial tribunals that evacuated the powers of the civil courts. Some of the trials were in-camera. But it soon became obvious that these arrests and detentions were skewered mostly against politicians from the South, particularly of the group that called itself the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and by politicians from the Middle Belt. It might have been inadvertent, but the impression it created was of a partisan, regionalist witch-hunt of Southern politicians – some of them the most popular, and in fact, the more credible in their visible achievements in the four years between 1979 and 1983.

    One of the most dangerous contributions of Buhari’s era as a military dictator was the erosion of the credibility, dignity and the aura of impartiality of the Nigerian judiciary, until then seen my Nigerians as the bulwark against tyranny; and most credible of the three arms of government, particularly with the sack of the parliament, and the seizure of executive power by military decree. The judiciary lost its independence

  • mark10

    Hey APC should see how our economy is going down like relegated teams in EPL and mr president and his APC members are just seating there looking for which of the opposition party to catch with the EFFCC but looking at what our nation has turn to now when kerosene is now N83. and dollars at 305 now , what should be the next moves for the president? fighting oppositions or fighting to bring back our economic values?

  • usman

    Buhari has suddenly discovered that he is unable to meet the lofty promises of his campaign, and his political strategy now is to beat the drum of corruption ad nauseam, and blame his old political opponents for his own increasingly apparent inabilities to revive the economy, or lead. For a man who spent twelve years seeking the office he now occupies, this president does not seem to have any clear, alternative strategies, or able to deliver on the promises he made. Now, here is my worry: the arrest of the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, and his arraignment in handcuffs give negative optics to this government. Yes, Buhari claims to be fighting corruption, and Olisa Metuh is accused of receiving N400 million from Colonel Sambo Dasuki, allegedly from the $2.1 billion approved for the NSA for arms procurement, the question most Nigerians are now asking is: was Olisa Metuh awarded an arms contract which he didn’t deliver, or is it just about receiving money from Dasuki. Why lock him up, and bring him to court in handcuffs, when not even Sambo Dasuki was brought to court in handcuffs? Is this a ploy to intimidate, humiliate, and ultimately punish and silence the PDP’s spokesman who has so far been engaging the current regime and calling some oftheir assertions to question? Because even people like Falae received money, and have publicly declared that they’d not return it because it has nothing to do with arms procurement, and they have not been locked up or brought to the court in chains. While every Nigerian supports the president and his administration’s apparent resolve to investigate, prosecute, and retrieve Nigeria’s stolen funds from whoever embezzled such funds, we must continue to insist that unless it is all for show, the process must not degenerate into illegality of its own. It is both sad and distressing hearing distinguished scholars of the law like Itsay Sagay, and the Criminologist, Professor Femi Odekunle arguing in support of a “limited rule of law,” these days. It points exactly to what went wrong with Nigeria: a shiftless and inferior elite incapable of the hard, long view. If the argument were to be made about a limited rule of law, Abacha would have hanged Odekunle who was brought before a military tribunal accused with Diya of plotting a coup.

    But in the convenience of his current elation, the good professor has forgotten. Buhari is not fighting corruption. He is enabling corruption by interfering in the judicial process. If he were fighting corruption he would have addressed the following questions: how did the system fail so much that Sambo Dasuki as the NSA could appropriate and dispose of state fund as though it were personal funds without oversight? What happened to the old system of financial control that required a vast and complex system of inter-departmental coordination?

    What happened to the public tenders system? How come the police services, charged with crime prevention, did not anticipate and prevent this financial crime before it happened through its own police intelligence?

    How come the EFCC is only just showing interest after the facts? How did the disbursement of this money escape the Federal Audit Department, the government’s official inspectorate arm, which ought to report all transactions and irregularities to both the National Assembly and the Executive, and if need be, to the police, in the event that any government agency is misappropriating state fund. What this president has been unable to do is understand that what happened here is beyond Dasuki, it is systemic failure. It is in part the result of some of the forces Buhari himself unleashed against the system in 1984. Corruption is not only the “looting” of public funds, it is the corruption of the institutions when they are turned to the private, and convenient tools of people in power – and they lose legitimacy and capacity

    • JSA1

      CORRUPTION IS ONE OF THE MAJOR CAMPAIGN ISSUES PMB SOLD TO NIGERIANS BEFORE WE VOTED FOR HIM BECAUSE WE BELIEVE HE WILL DO IT AS PROMISED AND HE IS DOING JUST IT RIGHT. GOD BLESS PMB. GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

  • bela

    this corruption fight is majorly against the oppositon,pdp in particular. what happens to those who left pdp to seek solace in apc? what part of the law is protecting them? which law says they should not be prosecuted? where all the monies that were embezzled, all the ones that have bin recovered, where are they embezzlers and what will be their fate? is it just bail and go? or bail some will large amounts, some with small amounts. the president really needs to be fair and this fight should be general and not one sided… #myopinion

    • Julius

      You opinion is okay but, why didnt you make it known when Dasuki and madame NOI was running rough shot over Jonathan ? Did corruption started when Buhari became the president ? Ask Jonathan why he didnt fight it ‘fairly’ if he fought it at all. Remember, stealing to him is not corruption . Tell me who were the people in charge of the country for the past 16 years ? Which party ?

    • tundemash

      Was the looting not majorly in favor of PDPigs ?
      If Dasuki or you know anyone who Dasuki gave money to and has crossed over to APC, please provide that info to EFCC and put it in the public domain or keep shut !

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    “In a statement Monday, the executive director of the group, Ishaq Akintola, said Nigeria needed to apply limit to its obedience of the rule of law at this time to enable it to make headway in bringing looters to book”. MURIC comes across to me as a terrorist organization with this extremist view.

    • Julius

      Tell me the view of those that shared the money meant for the purchase of weapons to fight terrorists ? Tell me the view of those that got people, soldiers killed needlessly because their lives werent valued as their own families? Maybe folks like you that hide under the fake rule of law are the real terrorists.

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Fcuk you.

        • tundemash

          Omo Ole Orafidiya,
          We don’t want to know how you debase your mother . Keep it to yourself!

          • Julius

            lolz.

        • Julius

          Naa, I’ll leave that to you and your mother.

        • Joe

          this just shows maturity. What a shame of human being.

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            Fcuk your mom.

    • JSA1

      WHEN YOU SEE THE TERRORIST, YOU WON’T RECOGNIZE IT. WHO IS DASUKI, METUH, TOMPOLO, FORMER DG – NIMASA, AND ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN ARMSGATE AND OTHER LOOTERS IN NIGERIA? THEY ARE ALL TERRORISTS. GOD SAVE NIGERIA.

    • tundemash

      Omo Ole Orafidiya,
      So what is the view of those who stole your destiny ?

      • Julius

        He has no answer for that. His answer is cursing me out when I asked him. Its not his fault, he lack the capacity to think that far !

  • vincent B

    Well authored! The truth is that no Nigerian is against fighting of corruption. But, come to think of it, Who is fooling who? in this whole escapade . Buhari cannot claim to be fighting corruption and not be bias, sentimental and his sense of judgement not been beclouded when he has dined with the devils , collected gift from the devils and have used them has a ladder to get to were he is today.
    This same devils that have brought Nigeria to his kneels and cases of corruption hanging on their neck are still parading themselves around buhari freely and are also been bestowed with juicy portfolios. If Buhari himself knows he is not corrupt let him bring Ameachi Rotimi, Tinubu, Fashola and the likes to book. Then, will know that he is fighting corruption and himself is not corrupt.

  • Johnson

    May God Almighty bless those who penned this. All Nigerians longing for a new Nigeria should rally behind this banner raised by MURIC. May we see a new Nigeria

    • Kill Korruption

      I fully agree!

  • JSA1

    THIS IS A BIG CHALLENGE TO THE CHRISTIAN FOLK. HOW CAN A MUSLIM BE THE ONE TO DIRECT CHRISTIANS TO BE GODLY? IT IS UNFORTUNATE. THIS IS THE KIND OF WRITE UP WE NEED TO BE READING FROM GOOD SCHOLARS LIKE PROF. AKINTOLA. MAY GOD GUIDE HIM AND HIS GROUP. WHEN GOOD REFUSE TO DO SOMETHING, DEFINITELY, BAD WILL TAKE OVER. WE MUST ALL RISE AND SPEAK AGAINST THE EVIL OF YESTERDAY SO THAT OUR TOMORROW WILL BE OK. THANK YOU PROF. AKINTOLA. REMAIN BLESSED.

    • tundemash

      Over to Ayo “Kanye West” Oritsejafor of CAN then, make corruption also speak for the matter .

  • Salisu Dan-Gombe

    WHAT A COUNTRY ……. FIGHTING CORRUPTION WITH A FORGED NONE EXISTENT WASC !!!

    • tundemash

      Mor0n, na wasc dem dey take right corruption ? Show us your birth certificate as proof no be monkey fathered you.

      • Julius

        lmaoooo. Him papa be monkey !!

    • Julius

      Yea, imagine a forged wasc is exposing a phd !!. By the way, a none existing anything can not be also forged. I know you are not smart enough to know that. Maybe you dont even have wasc yourself.

    • kill yourself already!

  • adeade

    I still get amazed with the way this Professor of Islamic studies think at times..I guess he has forgotten we have guiding principles here in this country and we are not under the Islamic monarchy as they have in Saudi Arabia.. May be he is muddling things up.. He should cover his head head in shame… He made a nasty statement the other day abusing and accusing the DG of NYSC.. He needs more of non-islamic exposure I think.

  • Shugaba Nkasa

    Nicely done.

  • Kill Korruption

    This is a most profound resounding truth. Very impressive and rousing. Thank you MURIC for taking this stance of honor and nobility!!!

  • valentine offia

    This is a very unfortunate comment. It advertises the ignorance about what rule rule law is and has presumed the guilt of people undergoing trial before the trial has been concluded. It simply landers to the mob mentality prevalent in the country