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Sounds And Fury Of The New Sheriff In Aso Rock

Posted: Feb 29, 2016 at 6:26 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

William Bozimo

It is heart-warming to be back on a truly national print media platform, which is for me, a familiar terrain. This time, week in, week out, I shall treat my readers to a delectable diet of narratives on current national issues, be they religious or social and of course, the political side because I’ve not forgotten that we are in political times and Nigerians are daily inundated with the rise and fall of political actors and influential Nigerians.

Predictably, for me, one is focusing on the Change Mantra and the New Sheriff in Aso Villa as my take off point.

For many watchers of the Buhari experiment as a popularly elected civilian President after three failed attempts, 1999, 2003, 2007 before winning in 2015,they seem persuaded that after these 12 years of failed attempts, they expected a backlash of ‘vindictiveness’ in policy direction and thrusts.

With his victory at the polls in 2015, we now have a refurbished former dictator now turned a reconditioned democrat in principle. Buhari’s Second coming has been anchored on a full scale anti-corruption drive and since he came on board, some decisions and executive acts seem to run contrary to this seeming reconditioned democratic status.

The great issue of corruption has not been clearly or roundly defined except that in his hurry to impress his external and Western backers, corruption here seems to zero in on some public office holders who may have developed itchy palms and fingers in their duty posts but have not been found guilty as charged but trumpeted to have misused public funds placed in their care.

And to him, it seemed appropriate for him to start with the former National Security Adviser, Dasuki whom the EFCC had fingered in disbursement of the $2.1 billion security funds under his care which EFCC says may or must have filtered into some private pockets that had little or nothing to do with the purchase of military hard-wares or arms for the fight against Boko Haram Islamic insurgency in the North East of Nigeria- Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

The sore point under this change mantra is the trial in the Media which has fouled the air and integrity of the personalities involved, thereby, lowering the integrity of the respectable personalities who appear to have been found guilty on the pages of newspapers before they are found guilty in the courts of law.

If you ask me, this seems to be an unfortunate impunity of sorts, which has scant regard for the rule of law in the country.

Democracy, we do believe, thrives better under the rule of law and not the rule of the fist. Any resort to the former militaristic paths trodden between 1983 and 1985 in his first coming to the Villa might run counter to the refined dictates of the imperatives of democratic rule of law.

For a President who had made some fundamental promises to the electorate during the campaigns and his reign coinciding with the drastic slump in oil and gas prices in the international markets, many insiders seemed to have justified the current Gestapo-style in arresting and detaining corruption suspects even before they are taken to the courts for fair trial as what the country needs as it can only get better by force, but to say the least, an unnecessary show of power and bravado does not solve economic problems.

As a self-styled reconditioned or refurbished democrat, a lot of eyebrows are being raised by observers that the ‘Tiger’ of a President has not changed his spots as he still displays his inherent and familiar ‘Tigritude’ when he pounces on his unlucky victims.

It is hoped that with the passage of time and mounting public opinion on the most civilized path to tread, the New Sheriff in Aso Villa, President Buhari, would change from his earlier characteristic militaristic dispositions under a civilian dispensation for the rest of his tenure.

For all intents and purposes, let it be said that while prosecuting the anti-corruption war, he spared a thought for the niceties of civilized good breeding, which he himself once acknowledged to the effect that ‘Suspects must be presumed innocent until found guilty by a competent court of law’.

The anti-graft war should not be a double-edged sword which paints the sloganeer in saintly robes while the country over which he presides lies prostrate in monumental disregard for the rule of law before the eyes of the international community. If we are a nation of pilferers with itchy palms, at least suspects should be perceived innocent until they are found guilty!