Umaru Dikko the former Aviation Minister under the administration of Shehu Shagari in the second republic is the arch looter and an extraordinary criminal of international repute. He singlehandedly put Nigeria on the map in the league of African treasury robbers.
This exclusive club of African thieving monkeys that specialise in the wholesale stealing of public money has within its ranks Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu wa Za Banga of Congo, Samuel Doe of Liberia, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea, Mr Adisa Akinloye then NPN National Chairman of Nihgeria, General Ibrahim Babangida of Nigeria, General Sanni Abacha of Nigeria, Chief Obafemi Awolowo of Nigeria, Félix Houphouët-Boigny of Ivory Coast amongst many others.
These men and their likes are responsible for the catalogue of cataclysmic social catastrophe afflicting the hopeless inhabitants of their respective countries. They did more damage than the combined might of Western colonialisation, First World War, Second World War, cholera, chicken pox, small pox and HIV put together.
That President Goodluck Jonathan and his PDP sunk so low to give Umaru Dikko what amounts to public appointment confirms what the rest of the world have always known that Nigerians are indeed gullible fools incapable of reason.
It is with utter incredulity that the few people left with their faculties intact in the Zoological Republic of Nigeria greeted the news that the disgrace that calls itself The Peoples Democratic Party announced the composition of its national disciplinary committee with this looter of looters, the notorious Alhaji Umaru Dikko, of the ‘billionaire in a crate’ fame as chairman of the panel.
The party’s acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Tony Okeke, announced the composition of the committee on Monday. Okeke, in a statement, said the naming of the committee was in line with “the provisions of Articles 57 (1), (2), (3) of the party’s constitution.”
The committee members include a former Minister of Transport, Dr. Umaru Dikko (Chairman); Amalete Turner (Deputy Chairman); publisher of the Champion Newspapers Limited, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu; Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun; Hajiya Nana Kadiri; Mr. Hussaini Diraki, and Senator Emmanuel Agboti (Secretary).
Okeke said the party’s National Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, would inaugurate the committee later.
In London in 1984, a team of Nigerians and Israelis attempted to kidnap and repatriate the exiled former Nigerian minister Umaru Dikko.
Mr Dikko, who fled Nigeria after Buhari took power from NPN in a military coup, stole in excess of £4.7bn. The money stolen and deposited in British banks belonged to diseased, impoverished and poverty ridden Nigerians.
That this shameless criminal is alive today owe more to luck than brilliance. The plot to bring back this arch criminal was foiled by a young British customs officer, Charles David Morrow.
Mr Dikko had been minister for transport and chairman of the Presidential Task force on Rice, in the government of Shehu Shagari until it was overthrown by the military at the end of 1983. He fled to London with what was the described as a mobile bank.
This rogue was declared “Nigeria’s most wanted man”, a plot was hatched to get both him and the money back. A onetime most wanted man is today a public servant in the ruling party PDP. Wonders shall never seize in Nigeria.
The extraordinary plan was to kidnap Mr Dikko, drug him, stick him into a specially made crate and put him on a plane back to Nigeria – alive.
A country steeped in shame, devoid of honour and any shred of dignity. Even Satan himself must be weary of he created in Nigeria because the country is more evil that the combined forces of the entire army of darkness.