Former President Ibrahim Babangida has threatened to expose the corruption of Former President Mohammed Buhari especially as relates to his tenure as Minister of Petroleum.
Buhari was appointed Minister of Petroleum in 1976 under the Murtala/Obasanjo administration. Not much is known about any scandals that occurred during his tenure as Minister, but there are rumors of the mysterious disappearance of US$2.8 Billion from the NNPC account in Midlands Bank in the United Kingdom, during Buhari’s stewardship.
Now that IBB has threatened to expose him, it lends a certain credibility to the rumors indicting Buhari of grand graft.
Babangida who released a statement through his media adviser, Prince Kassim Afegbua said, “On Gen. Buhari, it is not in IBB’s tradition to take up issues with his colleague former President. But for the purpose of record, we are conversant with Gen. Buhari’s so-called holier-than-thou attitude.
“He is a one-time Minister of Petroleum and we have good records of his tenure as minister. Secondly, he also presided over the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) which records we also have. We challenge him to come out with clean hands in those two portfolios he headed. Or, we will help him to expose his “records of performance during those periods. Those who live in glass houses do not throw stones. Gen. Buhari should be properly guided.”
Are there situations where stolen wealth by supposedly past leaders who enriched themselves through illegal and corrupted means are immune to answer to the ill-gotten wealth and possibly, turns a saint and can no longer return the stolen money or made to serve jail term as reparation? Do criminal trials have a life span within which if justice is not dispatched accordingly defaults to null and void? Yes, answers to these analogies remain obvious but the same logic seems to elude the present Zoo’s administration. All of a sudden, all the past leaders’ corruptions are no longer talked about or any effort made to return that money. It is instructive to note that United States never gave up in their manhunt of Osama Bin Laden for the “sins” he committed against that country. They eventually tracked and killed him 10 years after the alleged crime was committed by Osama Bin Laden.
The pedophile terrorist must as a matter of urgency, fairness and justice, act in concert with the principle and practice of leadership by example in doing the needful in his determined “change” effort to recover stolen wealth. Terrorist Buhari have to account for his stewardship in PTF and as a Petroleum Minister all of which have some missing funds or misappropriation cases that call for justice to be done. Indeed, “he who comes into equity must come with clean hands” as it is a general rule that “equity does not aid a party at fault.”