Opinion By: Adesoji OMOSEBI.
When the President Muhammadu Buhari was campaigning he said “if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us.”
It was not a surprise the President as old as he is went to every nook and cranny of the country hale and hearty campaigning with vigour.
No sooner than he assumed office to confront corruption head long he fell to a strange sickness. “A witch cried yesterday, a child died in the morning, who doesn’t know that it was the witch of yesterday that killed the child.” It was later reported that the President was poisoned.
Why was he poisoned? He was sent out of circulation to give way for continuity of looting of our commonwealth by the Judas Iscariots in leadership positions. Strange things always happen anytime the President is out of the country. Why?
The Bible says “watch and pray,” President Buhari was praying but not vigilant enough otherwise he would not have given the hawks at the National Assembly liberty to choose their leaders at the inception of his administration.
In any democracy, the President should have influence on who gets what at the Senate and the House of Representatives to enable him prosecute his programmes effective and efficiently without any hindrance.
I am not saying the National Assembly should be a rubber stamp but it should be a dynamic legislative body with sincerity of purpose for the good of the people who elected them and whom they represents.
The rebel group executed a coup at the inception of the APC government led by Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Dogara with an evil hidden agenda to truncate the fight against corruption using the National Assembly.
President Buhari thought everyone had open mind as his, not knowing he had more wolves in his government than doves. He made a costly mistake here.
They have incapacitated the President and have now turned to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo attacking him from every angle to make him incompetent, ineffective and redundant. The National Assembly deliberately delayed the 2017 national budget submitted to it since December 2016 to put the Executive into ransom.
In 2016 it was the issue of padding in which we had a casualty in the person of Hon. Abdulmumin Jubril who was “suspended” for 180 days in the House of Representatives for blowing the whistle against corrupt practices going on at the National Assembly.
In 2017 budget, padding took another advanced dimension as the National Assembly had the effrontery to increase the budget and inserting their own projects aside what the President presented.
The Acting President had this to say; “…the National Assembly erred to have altered the 2017 Appropriation Bill.
…National Assembly has no right to introduce new projects or modify those contained in the Appropriation Bill.”
The acting President also expressed disappointment in the legislature for delaying the passage of the 2017 Appropriation Bill which he signed on Monday.
“…I am sure that we understand not just how to do it right, but to get it done in good time. This last budget, the President presented it last December. Despite the assurances that it will be passed in by February, it was not passed until May.”
But in a swift reaction, the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki confronted the Acting President whom he allegedly called “a mere commissioner” the other day and said; “Senate would never surrender its constitutional powers to the executive arm of government under any guise.” The battle line is drawn as he also has the support of the lower chamber, the House of Representatives.
If this is not supporting corruption and giving it a legal backing, what else can we call it? Corruption and impunity is celebrated like no man’s business at the National Assembly as the masses watch in despair. What a pity!
Senator Ali Ndume and Hon Jubril were suspended for challenging the statuesque for 180 days each. Nothing happened. With this actions they have silenced any opposing views in their midst to their impunity. The National Assembly has become so powerful to the extent of holding the whole nation to a ransom.
It was at the National Assembly Senator Dino Melaye embarrassed a fellow colleague on the floor of the Senate threatening to beat her up (Sen. Oluremi Tinubu) and sending abusive words to her and her family. Noting happened. He was not called to order by the leadership of the house.
Therefore, I don’t expect Senator Oluremi Tinubu to challenge the “mad dogs” in the house so that she would not be bitten and started howling like them.
But I also don’t expect any silence from people like Prof. Sola Adeyeye whom I have known to be a democrat and a freedom fighter. Any others who are allergic to what is going on at the National Assembly should please speak out now or never. People are watching and history is being made and recorded.
But should we allow these elements to go on to destroy our country while we watch helplessly? It is high time for us to rise up and save Nigeria and our future generations from the playing god against our collective aspirations.
It is in the news again the National Assembly is hell bent to remove Ibrahim Magu as EFCC Chairman to avoid the wrath of the law because of the graft allegations against them.
How I wish God performs His supernatural surgical operation on President Muhammadu Buhari and bring him back to life with more vigour and strength to deal with the madness going on in this country.
This is my wish and prayer before God to heal the president and destroy works of darkness around him and the nation.
President Muhammadu Buhari must not die now!
Nigeria shall rise again!
www.sojworld.com June 19, 2017