The recovery of Abacha loot has become a masquerade dance that only the gods would understand.
The story of $16.5m additional fees demanded by the Ministry of Justice on behalf of two Nigerian lawyers for a transaction supposedly closed years ago has added another layer of mystery to President Buhari’s fight against corruption. This has given the opponents of this administration legitimate reasons to treat with contempt the so called fight againt corruption.
But it is not just political opponents that are troubled. Nigerians, generally are not satisfied with this administration’s strategy of what appears to be a selective fight against corruption. President Buhari seems to be aloof or unconcerned about the red flag activities of the people in his administration and this has degraded the aura with which he came to office.
The brewing scandal of the demand for $16.5 payment and the artfully crafted denial from the Minister of Finance tells an interesting story of subterfuge. It shows that nothing has changed and that nothing will ever change even if Buhari gets a second term.
Adeosun’s press release said nothing about the specifics of the allegation in the Cable report. Her statement is suggestive of something issued under duress and deliberately made generalistic in nature.
More disturbing is the claim by the Cable that they had a Whatsapp discussion with the Minister which confirmed the story before going to press.
The only reasonable conclusion, therefore, is that there may be a case of conspiracy which the Presidency is very eager to conceal or overlook. And that, in addition to similar incidents in the past, indicate that President Buhari’s is playing to the gallery on the issue of corruption. If not the country deserves an acceptable explanation of what is going on and the perpetrators brought to book if a crime has been committed.