This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Thursday, December 15, 2016
REJECTION OF MAGU: SENATE IS CORRUPTION’S WMD
16th December, 2016
REJECTION OF MAGU: SENATE IS CORRUPTION’S WMD
The Nigerian Senate
yesterday rejected the appointment of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) is nonplussed by this
development. It is an act of vengeance and a shameless anti-people decision.
The rejection of Magu’s appointment by Senate is a declaration of hostilities
against the anti-corruption crusade. The Nigerian Senate has just revealed its
true colour as corruption’s undisputed numero uno Weapon of Mass Destruction
Senate has decided to
take its pound of flesh for Magu’s no nonsense stance in EFCC’s role in the war
against corruption. But the Nigerian Senate has been too clever by half. The
Nigerian people are not stupid morons. They know why our lawmakers are baring
Nigerians know that
the same EFCC under Magu is behind the exposure of alleged corrupt dealings of
the Senate president whose forgery case is still in court. Magu is being
punished for daring the Senate president. In acting capacity since November
2015, Magu’s screening which had been pending since July, 2016 was billed for last
Thursday 8th December but it was postponed again till yesterday. Was
the procrastination not a hidden message to the EFCC boss? “Back off and you
will be confirmed. Persist and you will never be confirmed!”
rejection may have put the last nail in the coffin, Nigerians need to know
Senate’s modus operandi. This Senate believes that the executive arm of
government must play ball even at the expense of the masses or face the
consequences. Senate feels threatened by the war against corruption because its
hands are not clean.
We remind Nigerians of
the ping-pong game on the 2016 budget. Senate found one excuse after another to
frustrate the presentation of the 2016 budget to the detriment of the Nigerian
people. Patriotism was sent to the winds and the real purpose of legislation
which was to serve the people was ignored by Senate members.
It is noteworthy that
Senate was actually hijacked ab initio for the singular purpose of
frustrating President Buhari’s administration. Powerful forces had correctly
predicted that Buhari would go all out for the jugular of corrupt elements in
society. These powerful forces are now using an hijacked Senate to fight back.
The signs in the horizon are ominous. Senate is being used
to fight the Buhari administration. Half of his ambassadorial nominees were
recently rejected by Senate. The same Senate has rejected nominees known to
have criticized Senate at one time or the other. This Senate has shown beyond any
reasonable doubt that it is frustrating the current war against corruption.
This Senate has shown
that it only cares for the interest of its members and not that of the Nigerian
people. Despite the current recession, it purchased 108 exotic Toyota Land
Cruiser vehicles at the whopping cost of N31.5 million per car (totaling N3.6
billion) for its members. This is an act of insensitivity and a crime against
poor Nigerians. This is in spite of getting car loans for its members in August
2015! Even the price of the vehicles was allegedly inflated because each
vehicle costs N17 million only, ceteris paribus.
Ten new exotic cars
were delivered to Senate Deputy President in December 2015. The Senate
president got more earlier. To circumvent extant laws, Senate is desperately
amending the anti-corruption law. It sought immunity for its leadership. It is
also feverishly engaged in stripping the president of his executive powers in
virtually all matters simply because Buhari has remained adamant in his war on
MURIC calls on civil society to rise against this hijacked Senate.
We charge the arrow head of civil society, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC),
to do the needful. Workers must be mobilized at the appropriate time to make it
impossible for the National Assembly to work against the interest of the
masses. We warn that the jamaheer are doomed if Senate is allowed to frustrate
the current war against corruption.
We invite religious
leaders, church clerics and Imams to mobilize their followers for a showdown
with this greedy Senate. They are behind the hunger and starvation being faced
by Nigerians. They are responsible for all our economic woes. A morally
bankrupt NASS cannot represent the electorate. A non-violent people’s
revolution targeted at the NASS has become expedient.
SOYINKA’S ‘STUPID’ ‘MORONS’
This reminds us of Professor Wole Soyinka’s recent
reference to Nigerians as ‘stupid’ and ‘morons’. We believe that Soyinka was
grossly misunderstood. Those words were vituperations compelled by the docility
of Nigerians in the face of massive fraud, monumental corruption and unequalled
oppression. In other climes, massive demonstrations at the NASS after those
shocking revelations would have forced its leaders to resign.
Soyinka is shocked
that Nigerians fail to know their real enemies. Those words were meant to express
disdain for our nonchalance and passivity thereby jogging us to action. They
were wake up calls. We must show this Senate that we are neither ‘stupid’ nor ‘morons’.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)