Says his rogue regime was the source of Nigeria’s current problems


Osita Okechukwu, the National Publicity Secretary of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), on Thursday in Abuja described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration as a rogue regime.

While reacting to Obasanjo’s recent labelling of lawmakers in the country as rogues and armed robbers, Okechukwu said that the ex-president’s regime was the source of most of Nigeria’s current problems.

The CNPP secretary said the group was not holding brief either for the National Assembly, the State Assemblies or the Judiciary; “but now that Chief Obasanjo has cast the first stone, we challenge him to render account of his rogue regime”.

“We challenge Chief Obasanjo to explain why all the probes and audit of his regime by the National Assembly, ranging from power to privatisation probes, found him culpable? Or can it be said that he is antagonising the National Assembly for the probes? Or for stopping his 3rd Term inordinate ambition?” Okechukwu pointed out.

“Chief Obasanjo blatantly looted the treasury of the nation, withdrew billions from the treasury without appropriation, corrupted the privatisation process, serially obstructed justice, which made CNPP to file a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission {EFCC} on 24 December, 2007 when his immunity exited.

“Regrettably, it has become the trade mark of Chief Obasanjo to paint Nigeria black each time he is out of power, a deceptive strategy he designed long time ago to curry the favour and recognition of the international community. Chief Obasanjo should not think that he will escape or that his corruption case has been closed, as we will continue to challenge him until our stolen patrimony is recovered.”

CNPP described the Obasanjo regine as “a regime that harvested unprecedented oil revenue without commensurate project performance, a regime that bastardised our democracy and a regime which simulated the fault lines hence Boko Haram and other insurgencies.

“Those who live in glass houses, the saying goes, should not throw stones. We recall with pain how Chief Obasanjo, who came out of prison as poor as a church rat, paradoxically has become one of the richest Africans after eight years of looting in power.”

“We recall with trepidation, how late Chief Gani Fawehnmi went to Federal High Court challenging the billions of Naira which Chief Obasanjo extorted from government contractors to build his presidential library contrary to Code of Conduct and ICPC Acts. He pleaded immunity and when immunity exited he resorted to manipulation of the judiciary.”

The body bemoaned the “theatre of absurd the office of the president of our dear country became”, saying can of worms were opened during the altercation between him and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the then vice president.

“Chief Obasanjo’s corrupt practices are monumental and legendary. The stench of corruption, which oozed out from the presidency when he was in power was one of the factors which made Chief Obasanjo to lose the MO Ibrahim annual award for good governance when he left office in 2007,” the CNPP said.

“We cannot forget in a hurry how Chief Obasanjo doctored the 2002 Electoral Act, declared the 2007 election as Do-or-Die election and other uncountable breaches which debased the integrity of the electoral process and produced the 2003 and 2007 sham elections.

“It can be said factually that Chief Obasanjo’s manipulation and subversion of the electoral process denied Nigerians the right to elect people of their choice, hence entry of rogues into the legislature.”

Sylvester Awenlimobor

Sly is a social commentator who resides in Lagos and currently works as a relationship manager for a financial institution.

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