Saturday, June 21, 2014

Anger as Abacha’s daughter hails God over N446.3bn charges

Daughter of the late maximum ruler, Gumsu Sani-Abacha, has attributed the withdrawal of the N446.3bn theft charges instituted against her brother, Mohammed, to an act of God.

The Federal Government, through the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, had on Wednesday withdrawn the theft case asking the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory to strike out the charges.

But the obviously-elated Gumsu took to the social media to spread the word about her brother’s acquittal from the charges of theft.

Responding to inquiries from some of her friends on Twitter about it, Gumsu, who had just celebrated the 16th year anniversary of her father’s death, wrote, “God is great.”

However, many Nigerians have described the discontinuation of criminal charges preferred against Mohammed as a set-back for the anti-graft war.

A former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, said Nigeria had yet to learn from the mistakes of the past.

Pointing the attention of Nigerians to the last known book of the late literary icon, Prof. Chinua Achebe – There was a Country – the former minister said the title of the book said it all about the state of the nation.

Arguing that the development was a sad commentary on the nation’s political leadership, Ezekwesili reacted, “There was a country, indeed! Unforgettable Chinua Achebe.”

A social commentator, Tunji Lardner, wondered if the ‘gesture’ extended to Mohammed was a honour for accused high profile thieves or just courtesy to the Abacha family.

Lardner said he was no longer getting amazed with the decisions of the Federal Government since President Goodluck Jonathan declared that stealing was not corruption.

“The Federal Government drops $3bn theft case against the Abachas. What more, Sani Abacha, a world class despot and thief, has roads, hospitals and even military barracks named after him in Nigeria. Is he our hero?” he asked.

Political blogger, Kayode Ogundamisi, said he wondered how the President came to the conclusion that he had reasons to drop the charges and forgive Mohammed.

“Congrats, Mohammed Abacha. Thanks to Goodluck Jonathan who redefined the definition of stealing and corruption. Mohammed do enjoy the stolen N446bn,” Ogundamisi wrote on Facebook.

Another respondent, Olawale Awoye, expressed concerns that the way and manner politics was being played in the country in the build up to the 2015 general elections was worrisome.

According to him, it was troubling to learn that Mohammed, who the Supreme Court had ruled to have a case to answer over theft charges, was being made to evade justice.

“Politics and democracy are going crazy in Nigeria. Worrisome that the Federal Government dropped charges against Mohammed Abacha despite Supreme Court ruling that he has a case to answer,” Awoye tweeted.

For Olukayde Bakare, the Federal Government’s subtle withdrawal of charges against Mohammed shows how desperate the Goodluck Jonathan administration might be in a bid to secure a second term in office.

“What would happen if we give the man another four years? Better imagined than witnessed. So, Abacha is no more guilty of theft of public funds? That’s great news. All in line with our party’s Transformation Agenda,” Bakare wrote on Twitter.

A group, Corruption Concern, said with the turn of events in the country, Nigerians must be ready to elect good and credible leaders.

The group stated that the citizenry should desist from aiding and abetting looters and criminals to win election no matter how the close affinity.

It tweeted, “How is the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government going to fight corruption? Is it that the FG really hates Nigeria and Nigerians?

“Nigerians are good in prayers and love to expect miracles. With these happening, we all must be proactive in Nigeria politics for greater prosperous New Nigeria! We must vote out corrupt politicians comes 2015!”

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