Jonathan, Abati And The Ribadu Report By Chido Onumah

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Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe are amongst the best in their business. And by this, I mean the business of dissembling. That was exactly what Abati did in his latest treatise, “Jonathan and the Ribadu Report”. I don’t begrudge both Abati and Okupe. Their job is to be evasive and to try as much as possible to mislead while continuously throwing lies at us in the hope that some will stick; our responsibility is to cut through their BS. Indeed, it was a lot of BS that Abati attempted to heap on us in his last outing.

Abati began his latest assault on our collective sensibilities with an overdose of insult when he wrote, “it is so unfortunate that there has been so much ignorant carping and malicious tittle-tattling about the report of the Petroleum Revenue Task Force chaired by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, both failings arising from a deliberate attempt to individualise what was actually a group work, a mischievous attempt to politicise one report out of three, and to smuggle into an emergent grand web of conspiracy, elements of blackmail, mischief and outright opportunism”.

As the master of BS himself, Abati knows too well that the “putrefacious stench of the fart that seems to have overtaken the subject” comes from no other place than the Presidency. Here is a chronology of the Presidency and Abati’s metamorphosis on the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force (PRSTF) report.

A few days after the report was made public by Reuters, Abati claimed it was meant to embarrass the government. According to him, “excerpts from the report could not be taken as an official document because the committee had not formally submitted its report to the appropriate authority. As far as the Federal Government was concerned, the report in the public domain was suspicious”. This was the first clear attempt to undermine the PRSTF report.

Abati then went on to qualify the task of the committee and foreclose the prospect of anyone being held to account: “For the avoidance of doubt and for the benefit of the naysayers, the committees were set up as fact-finding and advisory bodies to generate ideas and recommendations about how best to strengthen the oil and gas sector and to further pursue the objectives of institutional integrity, transparency and accountability”. Abati didn’t see anything wrong in Steve Oronsaye and Bernard Otti being appointed into different positions in the NNPC while serving on the PRSTF. “It is important to note that this committee and other committees had government officials and ex-staff as members,” he intoned.

We all know the role Oronsaye and Otti played in their attempt to scuttle the report during its submission to the president on November 2. Their infamous intervention was done at great insult and inconvenience to the president. But who cares? Of course, insult and inconvenience count for nothing when billions of dollars and the president’s anointed are involved.

A week after the PRSTF submitted its report, as it became evident that the controversy instigated by the Presidency will simply not go away, Abati’s second-in-command and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, the voluble Doyin Okupe, alerted us to paragraph four of the covering letter of the PRSTF report signed by Ribadu and the secretary, Olasupo Shasore, SAN.

The offending paragraph four which Okupe alludes to, states: “The data used in this report was presented by various stakeholders who made submissions to the Task Force at various dates, which have been disclosed in relevant sections of the report. Due to the time frame of the assignment, SOME (emphasis mine) of the data used could not be independently verified and the task force recommends that the government should conduct such necessary verifications and reconciliations.”

The implication of this “overriding” paragraph four in Okupe’s omniscient reasoning was that “the committee had issued a disclaimer to its own report which will now make it impossible under our laws to indict or punish anybody except and until the federal government fully verifies and reconciles the facts as recommended by the committee in its submission to the government.” Can anything be more contradictory? Can Okupe be more ridiculous and fraudulent? The committee admitted that the reason it could not verify SOME of the data used was the “time frame” of the assignment. How does this constitute a “disclaimer” or absolve those responsible for the rot in the oil sector as indicated in the report?

In his desperate effort to stand reality on its head, Okupe shoots himself in the foot when he says the “disclaimer” will “make it impossible to indict or punish anybody except and until the federal government fully verifies and reconciles the facts as recommended by the committee in its submission to the government”. In one instance, he calls the committee’s statement a “disclaimer”; in another, he praises the report by implying that the government will do what the committee recommends it does: “conduct such necessary verifications and reconciliations”. How addlebrained can one be in the defense of falsehood? Okupe’s assurance that a White Paper will be issued and the recommendations would be fully implemented after the Presidency completes the uncompleted work of the PRSTF is as reassuring as asking Okupe to head the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Back to Abati and his disdain for truth and commonsensical argument. Abati accused Zakari Mohammed, Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, of “talking absent-mindedly about ‘lack of political will’ to fight corruption in his (Mohammed’s) criticism of the president’s handling of the PRSTF report. There is nothing new about Mohammed’s postulation. Every right-thinking Nigerian holds that view.

This government has no redeeming feature. It was clear from the outset that the Presidency was looking for ways to undermine the PRSTF report so as to let itself and its cronies off. The Presidency was not interested in the committee’s report. If it was, it would not have created so much ruckus around the report. It simply would have given the committee extra time to finish its work if it felt the report was incomplete.

With the PRSTF report, President Jonathan has met his waterloo. Thankfully, the report has received the support of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, (NEITI). NEITI says the PRSTF report reechoes the findings detailed in its own report on the monumental corruption and waste in the oil and gas sector that have yet to be implemented.

Aso Rock under President Jonathan has become a graveyard of committee reports. We have lost count of the number of committees President Jonathan has set up since May 6, 2010, when he first became president. There is a common thread to all the committee reports: their non implementation.

To say the government lacks the “political will” to fight corruption is to be charitable to the president. This government has made  corruption the directive principle of state policy. This was evident the very moment President Jonathan failed the political-will-to-fight-corruption litmus test when he refused to publicly declare his asset at the inception of his government on May 29, 2011, and went ahead during a nation-wide TV interview in June to heap scorn on Nigerians by saying he did not give a damn about declaration of asset.

At that very moment, President IDGAD Jonathan declared war, not on corruption, but against Nigerians.
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@OC, James, Stanley Igwe' s Zoo Story

Thanks Chido Onumah for a revealing narrative of what some poet recently aptly termed Jonathan's 'phantoms of transformation'. Nobody is taken in by the unceasing howling and rantings of the three above-listed denizens of the zoo.The zoologist/president knows,or,i hope he does, that the real beasts are permanently caged, so they inflict no hurt on civilized and rational beings.The pranks of the listed trio needn't bother anyone,as their acute neuroses will push them soon to their natural habitat, where the real beasts will make a snack of their non-being.If Jonathan, the zoo-keeper is not consumed by the smouldering fires all around us, bet it, that means I didn't spell the word zoo,correctly...

@OC: Failed lawyer educating on problem solving ?

@OC
A failed citizen advice bureau clerk is lecturing on problem solving ! Wonders shall never end.
I guess u were in a cave when Gen. Aziza told the moron President the genesis and cause of Boko Haram lies within PDP and within weeks he was removed by the moron President, as NSA, to be replaced by his man Friday who won't rock the boat !
To go by the logic of this fake lawyer, we should not blame an all powerful President on whose table lies the report of the Haliburton Case, we should not blame a President who openly solicited for church bribe from a govt. contractor, we should not blame a President who only recently just declared his assets even though the constitution mandated him to do so before being sworn in.
OC,THE HALF-BAKED LAW EDUCATION YOU HAD IN UNIJOS IS AFFECTING YOU ! You can't practice law in the UK with the Unijos certificate you have, find time to go to school in the UK, if u are legally resident, instead of rooting for crumbs from your family oppressors !

@Tundemash - Education on problem solving! (2)

In the UK or the US (taking the Obama example that you gave), the POLICE or the Military only need to hear the WORDS or PROMISE of their President and they get on with it. They don't even need him to speak before knowing what to do. But in Nigeria, WHERE THERE IS NO CULTURE OF ACCOUNTABILITY, the President also SPEAKS and PROMISES but the security services go to sleep or carry on business as usual. He FIRES and HIRES, but SAME DIFFERENCE! Unless he contracts FOREIGN SECURITY EXPERTS TO RUN OUR POLICE, OTHERWISE, THE SOLUTION IS TO KEEP LOOKING TOWARDS THE SAME NIGERIA POLICE FORCE FOR THE NEXT IGP, AND HOPING THAT HE GETS LUCKY NEXT TIME. Hence in 2 YEARS HE IS ON THE 3rd IGP. Surely, that can't be right!

The SOLUTION, for me, is to look beyond the President, but to locate the SOURCE of the problem to see why the NIGERIAN POLICE is incompetent to tackle corruption.

@Tundemash - Education on problem solving!

With every BROKEN SYSTEM, you either confront it as OUR PROBLEM or view it as ANOTHER PERSON'S PROBLEM and play the blame game. Or try a time tested approach of outsourcing it or bring in the EXPATRIATES. It cannot be the President's fault that THE HEADS OF THE POLICE CANNOT ORGANISE POLICING in Nigeria, after more than 30 YEARS OF TRAINING. The POLICE DUTIES, like in the UK, are clearly spelt out in the POLICE ACT, as well as the CONSTITUTION, the CPA, CPC, CRIMINAL CODE, PENAL CODE, EVIDENCE ACT and other enabling Laws. Their roles, POWERS and FUNCTIONS, including PREVENTION, DETECTION, ARREST and PROSECUTION of ALL CRIMES are clearly DEFINED in these enabling Laws.

THEY, THEREFORE, DON'T NEED DIRECTIVES or PROMPTING FROM JONATHAN, THE PARLIAMENT, FROM ME or FROM YOU. And whether the President likes it or not, THEY MUST DO THEIR JOB!

ILLITERATE! Is English a problem for you, or you are just THICK?

Olodo! Your colleagues can see how much of a basket case you are, if that is your interpretation of what I meant by "the President is on his 3rd IGP, NSA and 2nd EFCC Head". Sadly, I take-no-prisoners of ILLITERATES, 'Olodos', 'Agberos', and IGNORANT persons (unwilling to reform), and this will be the last time I shall ever engage you. But I blame more the NIGHT SCHOOL and BROKEN education that you had.

Treating you like a Primary school pupil, what I meant is that (1) A good leader doesn't standby and observe incompetence among his staff, but fires and replaces them when they are not performing. (2) If after 3 IGPs & 2 EFCC heads, there is still corruption and insecurity, I think we have a bigger problem. (3) I then look towards the SYSTEM that produces them. It tells me the SYSTEM (POLICE) is BROKEN AND NEEDS FIXING. When I say he is on his 3rd IGP, I'm saying he has not folded his hands but has tried to FIX the problem by HIRING and SACKING!

@OC: Re: You don't know the meaning of 'LIAR'!

@OC
Like his moron President, this idiot pasted a newspaper report he cannot vouch for its authenticity. And when he was told what he pasted is fake and different from what Jonathan said, he went into a fit !
I only need to go through the submissions here to know you are suffering a brain damage. Unfortunately, your fellow crumbies; Deri, Stanley Igwe and others, are nowhere to help you out this time around. It is only a fool like you that will count appointments as achievement. So because Mr. Clown President appointed 3 IGPs, 3 NSAs, and set up countless committees, we should applaud that as achievement? Just shows how worthless your life is really if u count that as achievement. By 2015, list appointments as achievements and ask people for votes for this moron based on appointments he made. YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A FOOL ! I will REPEAT it, YOU ARE NO LAWYER ! Stop misleading people about that ! YOU ARE NOT A LAWYER. Ole ! Fraudster !

@Tundemash- You don't know the meaning of 'LIAR'!

Illiterate! You don't know the meaning of 'LYING'. I posted a link to a widely circulated News published by many Nigerian NEWSPAPERS and SITES, and you call me a LIAR. You don't know the meaning of the word.

LYING is when you manufacture your own TALES, CONJECTURE ABOUT THINGS YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT, SPIN, SPECULATE, SPREAD RUMOURS & FALSEHOOD. LYING is when you don't know a thing about me but LIE ABOUT WHERE I LIVE, WORK, MY FAMILY. That is hideous! You LYING b-----d!

I don't suffer UNINTELLIGENT people or illiterates lightly. I ignore most of your posts or laugh at your warped logic, whenever I chance on reading them. But I pass them most times because you always end up communicating nothing! Just like the idiotic question you asked about WHO APPOINTS THE MET COMMISSIONER? HOW IDIOTIC is that! I had concluded your case is a hopeless one, hence I don't bother with you. I'll revert to my stance, like you don't exist!

Lying Fake Lawyer OC on Halliburton case; Jonathan said ......

The fake lawyer OC claimed
"You asked about HALLIBURTON and the short answer to your question is found in the link that I forwarded. Here it is, in case you missed it.

http://naijagists.com/halliburton-180-million-bribery-scandal-ex-preside..."

Yet on Sunday's Presidential chat, when asked why his government was prevaricating about trying culprits entangled in the Halliburton bribery scandal, Jonathan used an old and stale line, “It is better to let criminals go free than to punish one innocent fellow.”

OC fool seems to know more about what goes on in Jonathan's govt. more than Jonathan; IT's CALLED SYCOPHANCY !

Lying Fake Lawyer OC on Halliburton case; Jonathan said ......

The fake lawyer OC claimed
"You asked about HALLIBURTON and the short answer to your question is found in the link that I forwarded. Here it is, in case you missed it.

http://naijagists.com/halliburton-180-million-bribery-scandal-ex-preside..."

Yet on Sunday's Presidential chat, when asked why his government was prevaricating about trying culprits entangled in the Halliburton bribery scandal, Jonathan used an old and stale line, “It is better to let criminals go free than to punish one innocent fellow.”

OC fool seems to know more about what goes on in Jonathan's govt. more than Jonathan; IT's CALLED SYCOPHANCY !

Lying Fake Lawyer OC on Halliburton case; Jonathan said ......

The fake lawyer OC claimed
"You asked about HALLIBURTON and the short answer to your question is found in the link that I forwarded. Here it is, in case you missed it.

http://naijagists.com/halliburton-180-million-bribery-scandal-ex-preside..."

Yet on Sunday's Presidential chat, when asked why his government was prevaricating about trying culprits entangled in the Halliburton bribery scandal, Jonathan used an old and stale line, “It is better to let criminals go free than to punish one innocent fellow.”

OC fool seems to know more about what goes on in Jonathan's govt. more than Jonathan; IT's CALLED SYCOPHANCY !

And the WORST of them all is back. The 'Agbero' has joined in!

I knew it was a matter of time that the sawdust-filled brain and LYING SCOUNDREL (aka Attack-rat) would join the fray. Like Ezeanyika, like Tundemash! The two LYING SAUCERS.

He says "When the American Ambassador was killed in Libya, Obama went on TV and took responsibility and PROMISED to track the terrorists down". IS THAT ALL OBAMA DID? A PROMISE ON TV? ONLY A PROMISE? I have it on record that President JONATHAN did more than a PROMISE ON TV. HE IS ON THE 3RD IGP, THE 3RD NSA, THE 2ND EFCC CHAIRMAN since becoming President. SHOULD I SPELL OUT WHAT THAT MEANS?

And because Americans understand about RESPONSIBILITY AND DEALING WITH ISSUES, that was WHY GENERAL PETRESCU, AND NOT OBAMA, was summoned by the CONGRESS to explain what went wrong IN LIBYA. Also when ROMNEY tried to make capital of it and use the US EMBASSY ATTACK TO DISCREDIT OBAMA, the American people wouldn't let it stick, and still voted for OBAMA. That should tell you something!

Attack-Rat! What is your point?

RE: "DOES THE BRITISH PRIME MINSTER APPOINT THE HEAD OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE?". And what is the point of that question? What does it matter whether the PM appoints the head or not?

Except your point is that BECAUSE HE DOESN'T APPOINT THE HEAD he cannot CONTROL or GIVE DIRECTIVES. Or is your point that HE SHOULD NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE POLICE BECAUSE HE DOES NOT APPOINT THE HEAD! That was an UNINTELLIGENT QUESTION. But coming from you, I'm not surprised.

The MET POL COMMISSIONER is accountable to the MAYOR OF LONDON. However, he is a member of COBRA and still under the headship of the British PM. It isn't about WHO APPOINTS, but about ROLES, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. The DUTIES AND ROLES OF THE POLICE ARE SPELT OUT IN THE POLICE ACT, PACE and other ENABLING LAWS. The POLICE NEEDS NO FURTHER DIRECTIVES from ANYONE. The LOCAL POLICE at the STATION doesn't need DIRECTIVES FROM ANYONE or the COMMISSIONER before DOING HIS JOB!

And the WORST of them all is back. The 'Agbero' has joined in!

I knew it was a matter of time that the sawdust-filled brain and LYING SCOUNDREL would join the fray. Like Ezeanyika, like Tundemash! The two LYING SAUCERS.

He says "When the American Ambassador was killed in Libya, Obama went on TV and took responsibility and PROMISED to track the terrorists down". IS THAT ALL OBAMA DID, A PROMISE ON TV? ONLY A PROMISE? I have it on record that President JONATHAN did more than a PROMISE ON TV. HE IS ON THE 3RD IGP, THE 3RD NSA, THE 2ND EFCC CHAIRMAN since becoming President. SHOULD I SPELL OUT WHAT THAT MEANS?

And because Americans understand about RESPONSIBILITY AND DEALING WITH ISSUES, that was WHY GENERAL PETRESCU, AND NOT OBAMA, was summoned by the CONGRESS to explain what went wrong IN LIBYA. Also when ROMNEY tried to make capital of it and use the US EMBASSY ATTACK TO DISCREDIT OBAMA, the American people wouldn't let it stick, and still voted for OBAMA. That should tell you something?

@OC...a fool thinks he is the only one right & others wrong

@OC ... it is a waste of my precious time arguing with you. Your sycophancy is beyond redemption. According to your warped logic, when success is recorded by his lieutenants, GEJ is given the credit but when it comes a failure, the buck should pass to that of the lieutenants. Does that make sense?

You live in the same UK with a blame culture and yet stated that blame does not solve problems. Why then do the British always insist that someone must be blamed for any systemic failure? Why do ministers or chief executives in UK (such as the recent one in BBC) resign for any shortcomings? What is the use of a commander in chief that fails to command by example in integrity and action?

Your link is both useless and needless as I am abreast of the Halliburton scandal news. You and I know that GEJ is shielding all the ex-khaki boys and PDP godfathers involved from prosecution. Just like the other numerous scandals, it will be another "merry go round" experience to kill time.

@Ezeanyika - BUILD STRONG INSTITUTIONS, NOT STRONGMEN!

If you were DISCERNING you would have observed what I am advocating. I am advocating for the REBUILDING OF OUR POLICE, as an INSTITUTION, that is RESPONSIVE, ACCOUNTABLE and takes RESPONSIBILITY FOR FIGHTING CORRUPTION. I want a POLICE THAT IS ABOVE THE PRESIDENT and does not ANSWER to him or ANY PARTY IN POWER or TAKE DIRECTIVES FROM THE PRESIDENT or GOVERNOR.

I want a POLICE that will not wait for a PRESIDENT TO GIVE THE GO AHEAD before INVESTIGATING cases of CORRUPTION (or other crimes), like it is done abroad. An INDEPENDENT POLICE like you have in the US and the UK. A POLICE that will investigate corruption, whether the PRESIDENT IS IN AGREEMENT OR NOT! A POLICE that is more powerful than the PRESIDENT.

That is the way to SOLVE CORRUPTION. And not by blaming the President. Or seeking to CREATE AN EMPEROR OF A PRESIDENT! And if you still don't get it, then it is very pathetic!

@Ezeanyika - The irony!

It is ironic that the same BUHARI you composed such a beautiful melody about as 'MR anti-corruption' was implicated in the $2.8bn Petroleum sleaze and the 53 suitcases affair. He was the kingpin and ARROWHEAD OF ABACHA'S CORRUPT GOVT. HE ABSOLVED ABACHA OF CORRUPTION! That says a lot about 'MR anti-corruption'! What about his NEPOTISM, DOUBLE STANDARDS and DISCRIMINATORY TREATMENT and DETENTION of mostly SOUTHERN POLITICIANS in 1983/84? (I refer you to Wole Soyinka's - The CRIMES OF BUHARI).

You mentioned the corruption in the FED Ministries and the POLICE. What about STATES MINISTRIES & LOCAL GOVTS? SHAME ON YOU that you didn't NAME and SHAME the CULPRITS. I dare say that you are part of the problem if you FAILED TO OPENLY REPORT CORRUPTION. Somebody, presumably, asked you for money. WHY DIDN'T YOU NAME AND SHAME THE PERSON ON THIS FORUM? Rather, you chose to hide their identity! Yet you want the President to END CORRUPTION, while you PROTECT IT AND COVER UP!

My good brother Chido, firing

My good brother Chido, firing on all cylinders!

Well done. Great work, great piece.

@OC: I'll respond fully when you are through with your rant! (2)

It is on record that even before Ibori became Governor, he laundered US$1.5 million through the United States financial system. The US authorities seized the funds and he was asked to show proof of the source/origin of the funds. Ibori's explanation was that he did PR work for Abacha government, but he could not provide the documentary evidence. The US authorities therefore confiscated US$1 million and returned only US$500,000.00 to him. Did they require any evidence, documentary or otherwise, from Nigeria? No!

The point I make is to implore OC not to post blogs on every issue when he is ill-informed about the matter. Sometimes silence is golden than spewing gibberish out of ignorance.

@OC: I'll respond fully when you are through with your rant! (1)

@OC, I am waiting for you to conclude your next rant now at (2) before I respond fully. Already you are exhibiting ignorance to state here that EFCC contributed ALL the evidence required for Ibori's conviction. If the EFCC provided all the evidence, then you are still dwelling in the ignorance that Ibori was tried for looting Delta State funds and not for violating the Anti-Money Laundering Laws (AMLs) of Britain.

You want to teach me what constitutes AML? You state that not every funds transfer equates to laundering. Did I write this? You cannot teach your grandmother how to suck breast! The fact was that huge sums, millions of pounds, passed through the British financial system. The funds were traced to Ibori, his wife and mistress and they could not explain their source or work they did to earn the money. (Contd)

@Ezeanyika - RE - Your conclusions! (3)

RE: "...he works as a security detail in the British Parliament.". This is how your type LIE and MAKE UP TALES, CONJECTURE and SPREAD FALSEHOOD. And if you were TWISTED because I once said I worked with HARRIET HARMAN (MP) and JOHN PRESCOT (fmr deputy PM), this was by virtue of my office as a Manager of a Legal Advice agency. And not as A SECURITY DETAIL. LIAR! LIAR! What does it matter, anyway?

Back to serious stuff. BTW, under your ARMED BANDIT and WARLORD, THERE WAS CORRUPTION IN THE POLICE, the MILITARY, in Ministries, in SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES, WAEC, JAMB, BANKS, CUSTOMS, ETC. You probably never encountered the POLICE HIGHWAY PATROLS. Even as a MAXIMUM DICTATOR there was still corruption. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?

That Corruption is systemic, internalised and institutionalised, like racism or ethnicism. The SOLUTION is to put appropriate and effective systems and policies in place! WE DON'T NEED STRONGMEN OR STRONG PRESIDENTS, BUT STRONG INSTITUTIONS!

@Ezeanyika - RE - Your conclusions! (2)

RE: "OC exhibited crass ignorance to assert that Jonathan would have requested Ibori's extradition to Nigeria. What a jaundiced lawyer? Did the breach of anti-money laundering laws occur in Nigeria or in Britain?".

It is obvious you are not fully apprised about the IBORI CASE and are not aware of why he was convicted. IF THE EFCC HAD NOT SUPPLIED EVIDENCE THAT IBORI DEFRAUDED DELTA STATE PEOPLE, WHAT EVIDENCE OR PROOF WOULD THE MET POLICE HAVE HAD THAT HE LAUNDERED MONEY? It isn't every act of bringing money into a country that class as LAUNDERING. The trace, in most cases, is usually always through the ORIGINATING COUNTRY. The EFCC helped secure his conviction.

Never mind, this is splitting hairs. It isn't important, and I don't dwell on trivialities or unedifying stuff. He has been convicted, end of. Good for Nigeria, although not good for our administration of Justice system. The point is, he was convicted with the cooperation of EFCC/PRESIDENT GEJ.

The return of Mr. Fake Lawyer OC

So this OC fool has re-surfaced again. We all thought frustration of being overlooked when Dumbo Jo was looking for an attack dog for hipoPatience has finally consumed you but alas the fool has come with his absurd argument again ! I guess he was in Germany with hipoPatience !
When the American Ambassador was killed in Libya, Obama went on TV and took responsibility and promised to track the terrorists down but whenever anything goes wrong in Nigeria, the OC fool will want us to believe the President, on whose table the buck stops, has no responsibility.
About the British System he's comparing with Nigeria, I have got one question for the fool;
DOES THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER APPOINT THE HEAD OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE ?

The return of Mr. Fake Lawyer OC

So this OC fool has re-surfaced again. We all thought frustration of being overlooked when Dumbo Jo was looking for an attack dog for hipoPatience has finally consumed you but alas the fool has come with his absurd argument again !
When the American Ambassador was killed in Libya, Obama went on TV and took responsibility and promised to track the terrorists down but whenever anything goes wrong in Nigeria, the OC fool will want us to believe the President, on whose table the buck stops, has no responsibility.
About the British System he's comparing with Nigeria, I have got one question for the fool;
DOES THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER APPOINT THE HEAD OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE ?

@Ezeanyika (or whoever) - RE - Your conclusions!

I'll deal with your warped conclusions first. Sadly, your mentality cannot comprehend that I could be writing, not in support of Jonathan, but out of patriotism and love for country, and not wanting us to NEGLECT the problems and chase shadows. Your sandfilled brain cannot fathom that I can write for love of country and not for money.

Unfortunately, your HISTORY LESSON or historical treatise demonstrates you are an APOSTLE of an ILLITERATE DICTATOR and former ARMED DEMOCRACY ROBBER, who cannot string a good sentence together. A man that is as CORRUPT as ABACHA and worked WITH and FOR HIM, and who once tried to convince people that ABACHA WASN'T CORRUPT. Remember the missing 53 suitcases & $2.8bn?

FYI, I have always worked in the UK and don't know any politician. I am as apolitical as they come. I have contributed to strategies and policies in the UK, and know how problems are solved. BLAMES DON'T SOLVE PROBLEMS!

@Kool - Your answer is still before you!

You asked about HALLIBURTON and the short answer to your question is found in the link that I forwarded. Here it is, in case you missed it.

http://naijagists.com/halliburton-180-million-bribery-scandal-ex-preside...

Hopefully the link will help you to refrain from CONDEMNATION, lest you appear silly. BTW, you don't go throwing insult when you seek KNOWLEDGE.

You also insinuated that the President had no hand in Ibori's conviction, even INDIRECTLY. I presented you with information that Ibori would not have been convicted unless with the cooperation of EFCC, who did the investigation and ground work, and supplied all the evidence used for his conviction. Nigeria has extradition treaty with the UK. The President could have applied for his extradition if he wanted to stop his prosecution. BTW, WHY DID IBORI FLEE NIGERIA IN THE FIRST PLACE? BE BALANCED IN YOUR JUDGEMENT!

Mr O.C, i have come to the

Mr O.C,
i have come to the conclusion that only two scenarios can make you to be writing all these jagons;
Scenario 1: is if you are on the pay roll of the president or his associates to fool other un-informed nigerians or
Scenario 2: if you really believe that this present administration is really fighting corruption and means well for this nation.

if scenario 1 is your case, then i completely understand your situation and i can live with that, but if scenario 2 is your position , then we are in real trouble in this country.that means people are really really GULLIBLE.

i am 100% sure that you fall in SCENARIO 1 and best of luck to you, because you will always reap what you sow.its a tested and proven adage, you cant beat it.and also remember to pass it on to your masters.ADIEU

@OC: Your rant confirmed my assertions! (6)

I know that the Metropolitan Police/Scotland Yard did a lot of covert work in Britain, South Africa and Nigeria via forensic accounting firms (I do not have to mention specific names). What they uncovered in the form of where the monies were stashed and the properties purchased formed the core of the evidence used in that trial. EFCC Report only served to buttress the prosecution's case about the source of the funds.

Finally, the President of a country leads the way in combating corruption. His policies, decisions, utterances, statements and actions, all go a long way to indicate to the citizenry whether he is serious about combating corruption or merely paying lip service to it. That is what I mean by having a HOLISTIC, pragmatic approach to fighting corruption. Nigerians expect GEJ to lead by example and no more. Then, the rest of the ills of the country would take care of itself. I wait for another rant from OC.

@OC: Your rant confirmed my assertions! (5)

Again, OC exhibited crass ignorance to assert that Jonathan would have requested Ibori's extradition to Nigeria. What a jaundiced lawyer? Did the breach of anti-money laundering laws occur in Nigeria or in Britain? Further, the UAE govt could not have acceded to the extradition to Nigeria knowing full well that Britain was seeking his extradition to the UK. For them to do so would be courting the ire of the British and they would be better served to call off Nigeria's blustering and go with the British.

As for OC's statement that the preponderance of evidence used to convict Ibori came from EFCC, this is another indication that he is not in active legal practice.

@OC: Your rant confirmed my assertions! (4)

And to further buttress that this masquerade, OC, is intellectually vacuous, he addresses my friend, KOOL, and insinuates that without Jonathan the British would not have successfully prosecuted Ibori in the UK! The truth is that Nigeria following the exit of Andoakaa could no longer refuse to forward CERTIFIED documents EFCC had on Ibori's loot otherwise at that point their intransigence would have engendered diplomatic faux pas. The only assistance Nigeria rendered was to forward CERTIFIED copy of the EFCC Report on Ibori, a document that was already informally in the hands of Britain via the covert work of the Metropolitan Police/Scotland Yard. Is this a surprise to OC?

Ibori was not tried in the UK because he looted Delta State govt funds as OC ignorantly posits here. Ibori was tried in the UK for VIOLATING the ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING LAWS of Britain. He breached their AMLs and was prosecuted and jailed.

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