President Buhari did champion the “War Against Indiscipline” (WAI) more than 3 decades ago and lost. What makes
people to believe that, today, the same Buhari can wage another war against corruption and win? Our peoplesay that a child can’t run before his elder sibling learns how to walk. In other words, antecedents go a long way to modulate future expectations.
The Nigerian polity is at standstill, as we speak, holding its breath and waiting for President Buhari and his majority party, the APC, to tell we the people how they are going to bring the promised change to country and win the so-called war on corruption. It aNigerians cannot exhale for a very long time to come because the right-hand man of the chief corruption fighter and the chief enforcer for the incumbent president, Ibrahim Lamorde of the EFCC, has very sticky fingers. The lynchpin in any battle against official corruption, the EFCC boss, is being accused of perpetrating or conniving at corruption in broad daylight right under his very nose.
It is hard for me to confirm the validity of charges being levelled against the EFCC boss from this distance. But I am reassured, however, that members of the National Assembly, who are close-up to the goings-on on the ground, are persuaded enough to take a more detailed look into the allegations being hauled at Ibrahim Lamorde.
This is no time for anyone to wish to be in President Buhari’s shoes. He can wear his own dog-gone shoes for all they are worth. Buhari’s antecedents have proven that he is a man of catchy phrases and slogans. We have not forgotten the “War Against Indiscipline” (WAI) and how that race wild-goose chase panned out. And here we go again, three decades later, with another war; this time, against corruption. And the only premonition regarding the ultimate of this war’s outcome is that we now have Buhari’s “anti-corruption czar”, Ibrahim Lamorde, who may soon be convicted of N1 trillion corruption if the charges against him are proven in a court of law. Even if he gets exonerated, the image of the EFCC, as the go-to weapon for fighting official corruption in Nigeria, shall have been irreversibly tarnished. So, how then can the war against corruption be fought and won by the Buhari administration?
Maybe the diagnosis of Nigeria’s core malaise is not what the Buhari administration and the APC say that it is. The sickness with Nigeria, as a polity, is more profound than the mere symptom of corruption. As a symptom, corruption can never be properly addressed until one gets to first understand and deal with the underlying governance mantra which spurned and continues to sustain corruption within Nigeria’s societal fabric.