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Probe Of Jonathan Inevitable –Balarabe Musa

Posted: May 10, 2015 at 1:31 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

•Wants Probe Back-Dated To Second Republic

By Daniel Abia –  P/Harcourt


The six years administration of President Goodluck Jonathan will come under a heavy sledge hammer of the incoming government of General Mohammedu Buhari in view of the monumental corruption that has been recorded in his government.

Jonathan’s probe appears inevitable in view of the downward trend of the nation’s economy which book makers say has put Nigeria’s economy in an unprecedented bad form and shape.

Alhaji Balarabe Musa

Alhaji Balarabe Musa

Baring his mind on the inevitability of probing the out-going administration, the 2nd Republic Governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa in a telephone conversation with Sunday Independent on Saturday from his base in Kaduna said if Buhari reneges from setting a probe panel to look into the root cause of the present economic problem in the country, “he will not succeed”.

Balarabe Musa insisted that “If they don’t probe everything and everybody irrespective of position, tribe or religion, they will not be able to succeed in transforming the country. The probe of this government is inevitable. This has nothing to do with witch hunting anybody or which part of the country you come from. They must be probed”.

The former governor expressed sadness that the economy has been brought to its knees by the government, a situation that has prompted President Jonathan’s Finance minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to allegedly source for funds somewhere to pay for salaries while some states are unable to pay workers’ salaries for months.

The leader of the conference of Nigerian political parties, CNPP, said to avoid an outcry of ethnic cleansing, the probe should go as far back as the colonial era if there is any evidence of crime committed at the time.

“We must save Nigeria from being destroyed by corruption. If it is possible, Buhari should extend his probe to the second republic and even the colonial era. If there is any proof that somebody committed crime against Nigeria at that time, he should be probed.

“The probe should affect every section of the country. No exception. The rich in Nigeria are very powerful and influential. Some of them are still in government even today. They must be probed and prosecuted as a deterrent to our politicians and those who amass wealth through dubious means”, Musa said.

On whether the President-elect can summon courage to investigate the ill-gotten wealth of some topnotchers in the All Progressives Congress, APC, Balarabe Musa affirmed that eighty percent of the corrupt people in the APC join the party from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

“Eighty percent of those corrupt people in the APC came from PDP. They should not be spared. Let them tell Nigerians how they got their wealth. They owe Nigerians that explanation”.

Musa was particularly worried that President Jonathan’s government impacted negatively on the country’s economy to the extent that Nigerians find it “extremely” difficult to cope with their daily challenges, adding that a certain precedent must be set by probing all those that contributed in one way or another to impoverish the citizenry.

He also argued that former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s eight years leadership should not be spared in the probe exercise because “a lot of things went wrong in his time also”.