By his arrogant utterances, Adoke has confirmed he is only acting a script. He has also exposed himself as a sworn drag on the fight against corruption. It explains his overreaching gamble to absolves Obasanjo of corruption allegation, even before an inquest. How he got the fiat to act as investigator, prosecutor, judge and jury- all rolled up in one- is yet to be explained. To spew invectives on the EFCC is clear evidence that Adoke pulls the strings that undermine the efforts of the anti-corruption agencies and using his position to frustrate the anti-corruption campaign.
His actions are purely straight follow-up on Andoakaa's manipulative escapades. The record of his unusual actions raises questions as to whether or not he pocketed a cut of the bribe money from the Vaswani Brothers mess, and desperately rallying to bury the ghost of that transaction, being the man on the saddle. He browbeats everybody who cares to listen into accepting a flimsy one-man decision on the internationally celebrated Halliburton bribe scandal. It is not mere coincidence that, while Adoke is home tidying up things for the former President , the latter is overseas announcing to the whole world to give up on Nigeria's anti-corruption drive because no president wishes to risk his life over the fight. This is clever choreography. Who are those powerful corrupt gurus deeply entrenched in the administration, if we should ask?
In the run-up to the presidential election, they(?) showed us floating banana peels-the involvement of President Jonathan's wife in serious money laundering allegations. Everybody knows it was the surreptitious Obasanjo's warning to Jonathan to remember to remain silent on corruption. The ex-president may be very correct with the assertion that the thing is 'deeply entrenched'. Now, the president's wife is a potential candidate for an indictment. The Obasanjo blackmail machine has waved this flyer in the President's face. How much of a fight should the nation expect from a President, whose hands are tied, and boxed into an opponent's corner?
Why then did the former president take the nation on a roller-coaster chase for a desert mirage? Does that not make him a deceit, a grumpy, rotten hypocrite that should never have been trusted with the leadership of this nation in the first place? It all goes to confirm the fears voiced from several quarters that the Ribadu-led EFCC was constituted to fight Obasanjo's political enemies, rather than to battle corruption. The corruption label around the EFCC's neck was, therefore, mere window dressing. Nigeria is like a dog chasing after its tail. That is what Obasanjo made out of this nation.
Adoke, by his unethical conduct and bizarre pronouncements, has violated his professional oath and deserves to be debarred by the legal council. It is strongly suspected that Adoke has a "personal" grouse with the EFCC. An autonomous EFCC stands in the way of his access to bribe money offered by offenders, under investigation or trial. Besides, it weakens his ability to maintain the lid on those cases for which "commitments have been made", both already and upfront.. The Senate gave this man the nod after submitting to his tirades and doses of frivolous lecture. It is pretty disappointing that the Senate allowed itself to be carried away by the intimidating impunity, abracadabra and empty showmanship of a brash, grouchy ministerial nominee.
The President does not need an Adoke on his cabinet. His retention as minister rubs off negatively on the administration, portraying it as being no where serious with its anti-corruption policies.
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