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Questions and anger trail Nigeria's decision to drop N446.3 billion money laundering charge against Mohammed Abacha
| June 20, 2014
Questions and anger continue to follow the Federal government of Nigeria's decision to withdraw a N446.3 billion money laundering charge against Mohammed Abacha. On Wednesday, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, asked a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory to drop the charges against Mohammed Abacha. Mohammed's father, Sani Abacha was a military dictator in Nigeria from 1993 to 1998 and is believed to have looted billions of dollars of Nigeriaâs funds while in power and stashed the funds overseas. The decision to drop the charges against Mohammed caught Nigerians by surprise and the reaction was swift with speculation that the move was political and is only geared to giving Mohammed Abacha the opportunity to contest the gubernatorial election in Kano state as a PDP candidate. Also, the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is reported as saying that the government dropped the charges in order to expedite the recovery of about N36.32 billion from the government of the Principality of Liechtenstein. She said, "We can confirm that Nigeria will on June 25, 2014 receive the sum of Euro 167 million ($227 million), about N36.32 billion from the Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein, part of looted funds recovered from the Abacha family,â She also said that President Jonathan has constituted an inter-ministerial committee to manage the recovered N36.32 billion and directed that part of funds will be saved for the future generations and the World Bank will assist in monitoring the utilization of the funds on specific projects. However, people continue to question the motive behind the move and the government's commitment to fighting corruption. Some analysts say it will only encourage impunity, corruption and stealing of public funds by the countryâs leaders.

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OMOTAYO, J. A.    Accra, GHANA    June 26, 2014
The truth may not have been told! God save Nigeria.
"Coming In From The Cold"    In California, U.S.A.    June 25, 2014
Which kind "nonsense and ingredients" be dis now? Who the hell is this Attorney General (AG) Mohammed Adoke to ask a Federal High Court to drop the charges against Mohammed Abacha? How can Mr. No. 1 man in law enforcement of a nation flout our laws like this? This is embarrassing to say the least, but I am not surprised.

We are talking of a lawless nation Nigeria where anything goes and rule of law is thrown to the dogs. AGs donât drop cases; they let the law take charge.

Mohammed Adoke must be related to Michael Aondoakaa (who I nicknamed Anaconda), the thieving AG appointed by President YarâAdua from 2007 to 2010, who made mockery of rule of law and its enforcement, all for the sake of money. Aondoakaa was Mr. Iboriâs good friend. With Mohammed Adoke, Nigeria has no hope.

If any nation is going to move forward at all, rule of law must be established and enforced. We are all potential criminals and only enforcement of rule of law which guarantees punishment will stop most of us dead on our tracks. Where rule of law is lacking, criminality will proliferate. Nigeria has become a den of thieves since our laws are lacking.

Then, there goes the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala too saying that the government dropped the charges in order to expedite the recovery of about N36.32 billion from the government of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Is that a sensible justification? You give up trying to get N446 billion for N36 billion? How is Mohammed Abachaâs case in the way of recovering the N36 billion?

And are we supposed to be happy, or contented or consoled enough to let Abacha go because Jonathan constituted an inter-ministerial committee that will see to the proper utilization of the N36 billion? What kind of fools do you people think we are? How mutually exclusive is Mohammed Abachaâs case and the recovery of the N36 billion?

Then Jonathan and his people will keep saying the President is fighting corruption; which one? Is it the NNPC $20 billion scandal that Sanusi Lamido revealed and was fired for, or this one of Mohammed Abachaâs?

Who thinks Nigeria will be OK by way of democracy? The person must be crazy. The only way out is to drive or force these crazy S.O.B.s out of town. Nigeria needs immediate solution not decades that it will take democracy to resolve it, if it will even work. African man knows not what democracy is.
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