INEC Leadership Deep in Corruption, Buhari Tells Africa Diaspora in London

Muhammadu Buhari
By SaharaReporters, New York

General Muhammadu Buhari, who has run for president of Nigeria three times in this millennium, says he strongly doubts the ability of the country’s electoral commission to conduct free and fair elections in 2015, describing it as having lost its impartiality on account of developing a very cozy relationship with executive and judicial arms of the government.

The top echelon of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is deeply immersed in corruption and only wholesale changes at the top could begin to cure its malaise, he told the Africa Diaspora Conference in London on Wednesday.

“What is required is a group of independent minded people, patriotic, incorruptible but with the capacity to handle such a strenuous assignment of conducting elections in Nigeria,” he said.  “It is not difficult to find such people but whether the Government and the National Assembly have the inclination to do so I am not so sure.”

He said that he would have preferred to talk in glowing terms about Nigeria outside its shores, extolling its virtues and defending its values and interests, but that the situation in the country, as is well known to the international community is so bad that it is futile to take that line.

“Furthermore, it would be counter-productive to efforts we are all making to understand and accept our shortcomings with a view to taking steps towards a general improvement,” he noted.  “If you continue to be in denial, as Nigeria’s government and its apologists are wont to do, you will lose all credibility.”
On how stable Nigeria’s economy is, he said it is dependent on the international oil market, and the failure over the years to diversify and strengthen the economy or to invest in the global economy has left the country perilously at the mercy of global oil prices.”

“Instead of using the so-called excess crude account which in other countries goes by the name of Sovereign Wealth Fund to develop major domestic infrastructure such as Power, Railways, Road development, the account has been frittered down and applied to current consumption,” Buhari said, stressing that there is no magic or short cut to economic development.

“We must start from first principles – by developing agriculture and industries. Sixty years ago, we exported considerable quantities of cocoa, cotton, groundnuts, rubber and palm kernels. There were sizeable incomes to the farmers. Indeed in two years, if I recall correctly, 1951 and 1953, Nigeria produced a million tons of groundnuts. Today, other than a few thousand tons of cocoa, hardly any cotton, rubber or palm products are exported.”
He stressed that until and unless serious budgetary attention is paid to agriculture, the vast majority of Nigeria’s rural population will remain on subsistence basis and will eventually wither away by migration to the cities and increasing the stress on urban life.”

In that regard, he called for the application of today’s technology, primarily improved seeds and seedlings, irrigation systems, use of weather forecasts, and above all, substantial subsidies and access to cheap credit. “In Nigeria, the basic tools for agricultural take-off, the Six River Basin Authorities were wantonly scrapped in 1986 under the disastrous Structural Adjustment Programme,” he recalled, calling them the best vehicle for the country’s agricultural revival and expansion.

Specifically on how the poverty level in Nigeria be reduced and the masses benefit from the nation’s vast wealth, he reiterated that if serious efforts are made to support agriculture through states and local government apparatus, agriculture will boom within 5 – 7 years.

“Farmers will generate more income to enable them to grow the food the country needs and to look after our environment,” he said, and the drift to urban centres will be greatly reduced.  He called for equal attention for the revival of employment-generating activities such as railways, industries, and other land and forest resource-based industries to enable them absorb urban labour.  That, he said, would help tackle poverty, reduce urban stress and crime, and boost the economy.

He warned, however, that these two major policy initiatives can only succeed if there is substantial improvement in power generation.
Turning to the distribution of income in Nigeria today, Buhari said there was no better illustration of the huge income disparity than the statement of Malam Adamu Fika, Chairman of the Committee set up by the government to review the Nigerian public service.

“In the course of presentation of his Report, the Chairman pointed out that 18,000 public officers consume in the form of salaries, allowances and other perquisites N1.126 trillion Naira (£4billion) of public funds.  The total Nigerian budget for 2013 is N4.9 trillion (£20 billion).

Reflecting on that, Buhari said that a wholesale look at public expenses vis-à-vis the real need of the country has become urgent, describing the picture painted by Malam Fika as the worst form of corruption and oppression.

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IF U HAVE BEEN DECLARED D

IF U HAVE BEEN DECLARED D WINNER, WHAT WILL GOODLUCK SAY? BE AN ELDER WITH A SPITIT OF SPORTMANSHIP.

@Ken Mani - Well said!

Funny how BUHARI's sycophants and 'YES-MEN' accuse others of being under Govt's payroll, when clearly, they are the ones that can't see beyond their noses and see all the atrocities of General Buhari, the despoiler of our democracy, who truncated and forcefully SEIZED POWER (WITH ARMS) FROM A DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED GOVERNMENT IN 1983 (about 30 years ago). But for him, Nigeria's DEMOCRACY would have matured, and we would have learnt and corrected our mistakes. HE CAN'T REAP FROM THE DEMOCRACY HE TRUNCATED!

Prof Wole Soyinka aptly captured his TYRANNICAL reign in - The crimes of Buhari - http://saharareporters.com/news-page/crimes-buhari-wole-soyinka

'Mr anti-corruption' was ABACHA's, the most notoriously corrupt Nigerian ever, ARROWHEAD, whom he defended as NOT CORRUPT! His sycophants should open their eyes! Buhari is a FRAUD, AND HE WILL BE REJECTED AGAIN AND AGAIN, UNLESS HE GROOMS A SUCCESSOR!

@Ken Mani - Well said!

Funny how BUHARI's sycophants and 'YES-MEN' accuse others of being under Govt's payroll, when clearly, they are the ones that can't see beyond their noses and see all the atrocities of General Buhari, the despoiler of our democracy, who truncated and forcefully SEIZED POWER (WITH ARMS) FROM A DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED GOVERNMENT IN 1983 (about 30 years ago). But for him, Nigeria's DEMOCRACY would have matured, and we would have learnt and corrected our mistakes. HE CAN'T REAP FROM FROM DEMOCRACY HE TRUNCATED!

Prof Wole Soyinka aptly captured his TYRANNICAL reign in - The crimes of Buhari - http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/forum/main-square/7081-crimes-buhari...

'Mr anti-corruption' was ABACHA's, the most notoriously corrupt Nigerian ever, ARROWHEAD, whom he defended as NOT CORRUPT! His sycophants should open their eyes! Buhari is a FRAUD, AND HE WILL BE REJECTED AGAIN AND AGAIN, UNLESS HE GROOMS A SUCCESSOR!

You remain stand

In this country we have no single politician that is loved by the masses like buhari,because he loves with his heart,the guy is not after money,he prove that.1,he was a governor 2,he was a petroleum minister 3,he was a president 4,he was a PTF chairman.and the has foriegn account,back home nothing to show in terms of money or assets. Even his rivals testify that.do you have any politician in this country that posses this qualities?

So, if one disagrees with GMB

So, if one disagrees with GMB it means that person is sentimantal? I am confused. My position is that you can make a difference in opposition not until you form or lead government. Imagine all CPC legislators in the NASS rejecting the jumbo pay there. GMB could have used that avenue to show what they/he would do when in power. That is my position and nothing sentimental about it.

Sponsored commentators!!!

It's so easy to fish them out if they are sponsored. Just look at the name, it's either anonymous or one coined out by sponsored agents of destruction. These people are on a mission to bring Nigeria to her knees and success even as seem close to them they will never achieve. (Amin)

Buhari like other patriots meant well for Nigeria and Nigerian. This is obvious from his comments. This is the reason why these agents of destruction have chosen to leave the message but went all out for the messenger. 

I weep for my beloved fatherland.

Evil shall not depart from them in life

Their gang up towards 2015 is to control the only oil revenue. Ask me what does Militant Buhari want from the presidency when he had been a military Head of state were he ousted a legitimate and democratically elected government of former president Aliyu Usman Shehu Shagari in 1983 with his criminal draconian decrees that unleashed innocent Nigerians. If Buhari knows that through election is a better process to good governance, why did he overthrow an elected government? Not in this country. May GOD forgive him including his political suicidal squad, Amen!!!
This Message is the Director General, President Goodluck Jonathan Social Media Network Team

Evil shall not depart from them in life

..If I have the powers, I'll stop Jonathan from contesting the 2015 Presidential elections if he was an "Ex-convict" or if he wasn't a Nigerian. But, he is too eligible to contest so, why try to stop him
in the first place? This is Rubbish----

Has GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN GCFR been convicted before? Is he from Niger Republic or Chad, or he is a 'Bayelsa-born' Nigerian? What's the fuss about his 2015 ambition? Are people scared? If yes, why?
Support him no matter their satanic and barbaric plot against the President, they will fail like Pharaoh because the Egyptians you see today they shall see the President no more.............
This Message is from the Director-General, President Goodluck Jonathan Social Media Network Team

NIGERIANS WILL ALWAYS BE BLINDED BY SENTIMENTS!!

Very unfortunate, going thru the various comments! Why won't we heed the message, instead of the messenger? Most of the comments here are borne out of sheer hatred and sentiments! The question we shld be asking ourselves is who can guarantee the future of my children? Even if you are benefitting from the system for selfish reasons, remember, nothing lasts for ever! For how long will you be supporting a Government we all know is a failure, just because 'na our oyel'?

Not surprised.

Not surprised at all,never!

Not surprised.

Not surprised at all,never!

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we have state INEC and Federal INEC. State governors can influence State INEC and your best guess for Federal INEC. Buhari knows what he is saying okay.

Common sense is not that common in this forum

Going by the majority of comments here, I can assure you that this country will continue with her downward spiral in the foreseeable future. How can some of you read this fact-based article and all you have to say is Buhari this and Buhari is that?. That is a damn shame. Leave the messenger alone and concentrate on the facts. Most of you and your family will get the short-end of the mess going on in Nigeria.
A mere 18,000 people squanders 1/3 of the budget and you don't see a problem with that? Buhari's specific economic recommendations earns him nothing but name calling?
I thought the only foolish and ignorant comments were made by @Ken Mani and @femi but I realize most of the comments here are just as stupid.
Until you realize you need a capable hand to turn this country around and not necessarily somebody from your tribe, you all stuck down there will continue to suffer and die prematurely. Enough said!

Blinded by sentiment

We are so terribly given to sentiments that our sense ofobjectivity is lost. Most at times we all claim all is well and praise leaders as long as they are from our regions no matter how poorly they are perfoming.Currently what is really working in Nigeria? Is it electricity,security,job opportunities,health,education,transport system? What really can we pick out as the drive of Jonathan's government? If you don't know or refused to admit others do and even the internationl communities know better that we are in a total mess. Take it or leave.

BUHARI'S CLOSE ASSOCIATE TINUBU IS CORRUPTION RELOADED

Facts reveal that Buhari is a man with no integrity who merely wants to rule a democratic Nigeria simply because he is a Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani with strong ties to Boko Haram. Otherwise how can one explain Buhari talking about corruption when his bossom political and religious ally Bola Ahmed Tinubu is not only a certificate forger but remains the most corruption Nigerian ever? If Buhari has any evidence of corruption against INEC leadership he should be specific and produce the details to the public, and to relevant law enforcement agencies including ICPC. This violent blood sucking vampire called Buhari will never relent in his quest for more blood of innocent Nigerians. This is the same way he talked without any concrete facts during the 2011 Federal elections that resulted in the death of thousands of innocent Nigerians including Youth Corpers.

buhari no dey shame--ashawo dey get shame for old age

look at a man who supervised the imprisonment of late Gani in bauchi prison talking about moral--a man who freed Mohamed Dantate over drug related offence yapping-

DERI.................

Well at least They did not approve same sex marriage like your pastors do in the churches by marrying up same sex couples or molest children like your cardinals do worldwide,they are still better off.

Save me the stories,the Truth is bitter, we are tired of illiterates in the name of PHD(Port Harcourt Diploma) holders ruling us,enough is enough.

Akpors n co u guys olways

Akpors n co u guys olways make me wonder which kind ov low thinkin people u r..so timid n disgusting. Your thinking thinkin faculty is so swallo dat u cnt think beyond u flat noses so do u aul want us hia to bliv dat GEJ is d best tin dat happens to dis our nation than u guys r d biggest jokes..N if d whole of ss n se think d same way as u guys than am vry sry for u ppl .Buhari or nt Buhari we need change n i bliv even a drukard shoeless person ll agree to dat..

'DOA'.. DEAD-ON-ARRIVAL!

A Buhari candidature will b DEAD-ON-ARRIVAL! No one needs 'A Head full Of Brains' 2realise that.Buhari stands Head & Shoulders above virtually all of our present politicians.He is my man any day,But let's not live in DreamLand! Bro Jona WON'T Hav 2rig out a Buhari candidate..NO!Buharis constituency has RULED him OUT! The Northern Muslims hav FINISHED themselves politically.wot happened in Buharis previous attempt will happen again: we d middle Belt Xtians will NOT go near a hausa fulani muslim wit Even a LooONG spoon to avoid annihilation! The SE WON'T want 2see his Shadow for d killings of dia Sons in d North! The SW hav a Morbid fear of BH Bombs nd will avoid him like a Plague! The SS will declare a Fatwa on him 4dia STOLEN Oil Blocks! He can win ONLY in d BH infested Far North!Call it sentiments,BUT Ladies & Gentlemen, The Northern Muslims hav SHOT THEMSELVES IN D FOOT..PERIOD!

MISCHIEVOUS SAHARA...

SR, u guys r doin a Gud job, but Pls avoid sensationalism & Prejudice in yur articles.
U guys wrote:"The top echelon of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is deeply immersed in corruption and only wholesale changes at the top could begin to cure its malaise, he told the Africa Diaspora Conference in London on Wednesday"
If indeed he said such,WHY IN HEAVENS NAME culdnt u guys us his exact words in Quotation marks? U presented other statements he made in Quotation marks BUT u culdnt Quote him anywhere 4yur Headline.one CANNOT even make such an INFERENCE 4rm any of his statemnts wich u guys Quoted! All I'm sayin here is;Try 2b Fair, Just & Balanced in yur reportagé. If indeed he said so; Pls give it 2us in Quotes!or an appropriate Quote wia dis can b inferred..

Holier than thou as usual

Mr Buhari, stop this your holier than thou attitude. If 18000 public officers consumed more than 1.2 trillion as you said. Are some of them not your party members? Why did you not direct them to reject it? Or have they not used these proceeds to sponsor your party?

Buhari, you are part of the

Buhari, you are part of the problem we have today.
Plz,retire and ask Allah for forgiveness

lOOK AT THE TYPE OF HUMANS IN APC-BUHARI (ATI) YARIMA

Former Zamfara State governor, Ahmed Sani, Yeriman Bakura, who married a thirteen-year-old Egyptian girl, paid a bride price of $100,000, the equivalent of roughly N15m. But cut off the hand of a petty thief. Buhari did not call for war when he defiled an 11yrs old gal-Yerima, who popularised the Shariah code of Islam in 9ja, could not have the wedding in Egypt; cause d authorities der would not put up with such a marriage as their laws forbid that sort of union. But in 9ja where anything goes! Over to Buhari ati APC-No Nigerian was asked to protest when he married a minor-but wants 9jas on d streets of lagos to demostrate in support of APC-and Boko haram-madness unlimited!

God help

God help

The only man standing has said

The only man standing, and Nigerian President has said it all. Baba God bless and your family. May you live to save us from PDP and Ali Modu Sherrif. Since GEJ is now the best friend of terrorist Ali Modu Sherrif. He is the PDP mole in APC, everybody should carefully watch him. He does not want any good for the country. GEJ knew he is the Head of BH, but because of personal sentiment of 2015, GEJ cannot prosecute him, but rather gave him money to work for PDP in APC, pls Tinubu, silence Ali Sherrif in APC.

Sai Maigaskiya

Who is it in the South-South that can equal this statesman?

Absolute nonsense!

This Idiot whom some bigger idiots now support, have forgotten that Buhari worked for Demon Abacha as PTF chairman in those demonic days when the idiot was in charge. Buhari could not resist my sweet oil & gas money. Despite the atrocities of his employer, Buhari remained until he died...Now he tells us that he has a vision.

Let it be know & sounded loud & clear. The SS&SE peoples will NEVER allow any alien to preside over her resources. NEVER.

With our ecology destroyed, water & air polluted, oil blocks in the hands of aliens, one can say categorically that our tolerance limit has been outstretched.

The oil blocks ownership & control MUST be reversed peacefully or otherwise as deemed fit by the SS&SE & this is not open to debate. Period.
Long live United Rep of SS&SE

Happy Soul

Buhari is only happy when he is wining. Basically, this means that he has not been happy in a very long time. You only need to look at his mug above to realize this. This is like getting in the first shot and expecting INEC to give it to him on a platter. We all know what he is capable of, if this attempt at intimidation does not work, he has his almajiris as back-up.

Oleku; U must b very blind n ill educated

U called d North barren! If u re in Nigeria n eat today, take a good look at ur meals n tell urself wat n wat of it is grown in commercial quantity in ur entire south? This Ijuaw madness is becoming a cancer dt will eat all those of u who have it

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