Allegations have also been rife, of how the vice president was placed in charge of the Bureau for Public Enterprises or BPE, that was supposed to conduct an above-board privatization and deregulation processes, which have been notoriously engineered to favor personal interests over and above Nigeria’s national interests in preserving and protecting those assets, sold only to the highest bidder and for the utmost benefit of Nigeria. But instead, the vice president has been repeatedly fingered for self-dealing and conflicts of interest transactions relating to the BPE etc deals.
NITEL is one such federal entity in Nigeria, which is still striding to become fully privatized, with sundry allegations haven trailed all such efforts. I guess that we can begin to connect the dots, as William Jefferson dealings and visit to the vice president in the vexing two million dollars property in Maryland, was in connection with a telecommunications deal, with broadband connectivity as its main focus.
In light of the unfolding scandalous revelations, it is beginning to look, more and more as if, putting the vice president in charge of the BPE may have been akin putting a hyena or a fox in charge of a hen-house! How do we trust the hyena or fox with the chickens? Who exactly, was minding the Nigerian national store? Were Nigeria’s national assets allowed to be pillage, for mansions in Maryland, and some in New York? How do we Nigerians, now prevent the hyenas and foxes from continuing devour our chickens, in this case, our national assets and public treasury?
Who exactly was watching on behalf of Nigerians at home and abroad, as our national assets are being auctioned or are being put on the chopping blocks? Particularly, if the man who supervised the auctions of our national assets, is such a man that has been funding the life of luxury for a college student, who we are now told, is the beneficiary of a two-million dollars and a happy-hooker sorts of donor to the Republican Party, a political party that is not Nigerian, African friendly, just as it is hostile to African Americans and the interests of all peoples of African descent!
Nigerian taxpayers and voters, certainly, are entitled to demand and expect precise explanations, Nigerians will need to know, if the man that is already angling to be President Obasanjo’s successor as Nigeria’s president, come 2007, now has a cloud of misconduct, impropriety, a violation of ethics, a commission of illegalities or crime over his head? He cannot allow this odium to continue to swirl, he must address these charges!
Nigerians are entitled to full material disclosures! Disclosures of all material facts, the VP must provide sufficient facts, to either, exculpate self, Jennifer and become exonerated by impartial observers. Otherwise, he should resign honorably from his post, and might as well forget the loftier dream of becoming the president of Nigeria, ever!
There are too many discrepancies in the stories so far told by the VP, his aides, assistants and sundry defenders, the information generated thus far, by this scandalous saga, appear to be an avalanche of inconsistencies, odious wealth with admixtures of arrogance. In which the VP is quoted as saying that in the beginning, the allegations were no big deal! Or that he did not understand what the heck the ThisDay journalist was talking about! Nigeria media, as have been rebuked recently by Femi Olawole, Sonala Olumhense and Seyi Oduyela, Nigerian media surely need to arise to their responsibilities of the fourth estate of the realm, as it were..The Nigerian media must stop asking easy questions or questions that permit easy landing for their interview subjects, especially, public officials and all those responsible for policies affecting the general public. ThisDay journalist had asked the right questions in the interview with the VP, but allowed the VP to get away with incomplete and even offensive answers! No more softball and tepid questions for public officials!
Some Nigerians are already saying that some malevolent in Nigeria, are playing a mind twisting game on all of us, as corruption case against the VP may be used to remove him as a presidential contender against Mr. Ibrahim Babangida, who would look good by default, if the VP is out of contention, this is conspiracy theory so far, at least to me, I am not an IBB fan and a demand of the VP to make full disclosures or be compelled, is therefore not any efforts to help IBB on my part, or on the part of anyone that I know! As a matter of fact, the demands that we make, apply to Babangida as well!
What is being revealed, in all probabilities, are a brazen or flagrant violation of Nigerian and American laws! What peeping into, is what appears to be a cesspit of odious wealth coupled with the attendant arrogance and contempt for decency by the individual participants in this saga. It is crystal clear demonstration of the immorality that has become pervasive in country. There is high rate of unemployment, there are decaying public infrastructures, there is permeating hardships, desperations and hopelessness, in which two generations of Nigerians have fled home to live overseas, and a continuing desperation by those in Nigeria to leave Nigeria still!
But despite all these horrors faced by the average citizens of Nigeria, evidence in public domain reveal that one Miss Felicia Wabara bought a million dollars worth landed property in New York this year! Additionally, one Mr. Olu G Obasanjo, also purchase and equally expensive house, in New York, this year as well! Nigerian law enforcement agencies, the Police through InterPol , the EFCC, ICPC and the Code of Conduct Bureau etc, must quickly, urgently liaise with their American counterparts, in order to get to the bottom of all these almost obvious cases of avarice, greed, corruption and unconscionable abuse of public trust, to which Nigerians repose in Nigerian public officials. The vice president and Jennifer are entitled to the presumption of innocence, even as they will be investigated in America and Nigeria, there is no rush to judgment or prejudgment of outcomes here, it must however be clear, that they make full complete disclosures, be forthright forthwith. Perhaps the Pandora Box is finally about to open? Let chips fall!
Is it safe to assume that Ms. Felicia Wabara is the wife of former president of Nigerian Senate, Adolphous Wabara, who herself was formerly resident in New York City and was not in a position to acquire a million dollar house cash down? Is it safe to equally assume that Olu Obasanjo G, is Olugbenga Obasanjo, President Obasanjo’s son? A son who have been speculated and rumored to be in some sorts of deals? Or are we to assume that mischief makers are buying homes in the names of the Wabaras and the Obasanjos?
Our governments, and the individuals concerned will do well to investigate and demand explanations from those concerned, and then explain all these to all Nigerians!