Buhari turns blind eye to Amaechi’s corruption allegations

By Cynthia Ferdinand October 31, 2015 16:23

Buhari turns blind eye to Amaechi’s corruption allegations

President Muhammadu Buhari has repetitively pledged his commitment to the fight against corruption, but has been accused of wittingly turning a blind eye to the massive corruption allegations trailing his political co-traveler Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi amongst others.

Amaechi, the immediate past governor of Rivers State and the Director General of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, 2015 presidential campaign and now a minister designate, has been embroiled in corruption allegations since his exit from office in May.

Buhari who became President on the chant of “change” has stated, as often as possible, that anyone found guilty of corruption or has corruption cases against him, would not be given a place in his government.

In an interview with Channels television, Buhari reiterated his commitment in the fight against corruption and would want to be remembered for that.

    “If we survive it I want to be remembered that Nigeria have found out that I was genuine and a patriot not that I only fought the civil war but I also fought the corruption as well.

    “Those that are being selective if you are not involved in corruption you won’t mind, they would even encourage us to get whoever that has compromised his position or trust given to him

    “Those that are not corrupt should even encourage us to even do more” he added.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State on resumption of office, accused his predecessor of leaving an empty treasury and sponsoring Buhari’s presidential campaign organization with billions of Naira stolen from the State’s coffers.

He then set up a judiciary of inquiry to probe Amaechi’s administration, the case is still in the Court of Appeal.

Also, the River State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in August alleged that Amaechi stole the sum of N80bn of Rivers money and stashed it in an account in his name in Bancorp Bank in Minnesota, United States of America and a bank in Switzerland.

They urged Buhari to bring justice to the people of Rivers State by probing him amongst many others.

    “Since the President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, has told the world that he is a man with zero tolerance for corruption, we, the people of Rivers, are asking that there should be no sacred cow. We are saying that corruption in Rivers State should be investigated and justice should be done.

    “As we speak to you, we cannot trace the proceeds that emanated from all the government’s transactions that that took place in Rivers State.”

A Non-Governmental Organization, the Integrity Group, had sent a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and to the senate to investigate Amaechi for over N70bn stolen from the Rivers State Government prior to his confirmation as Minister.

In his defense, the All Progressives Youth Forum, APYF, under the umbrella of the APC, in the garment of acclaimed change, insisted Amaechi be confirmed as Minister irrespective of the allegations against him.

They based their claims particularly on his financial contributions towards the success of the APC during the presidential election.

    “Rt. Hon. Amaechi is a great Nigerian leader. He has served the nation, his state, his people and his party the APC with all of his being and resources. He is a rare icon, a tough and unwavering champion of the Change Movement and we support his nomination.

Notwithstanding the allegations against him, he was on Thursday confirmed as minister by the APC senators amidst loud grumblings from the PDP senators who staged a walkout on the grounds that they would not be part of such moral decadence to the Nigerian people.