Chuks Ibegbu [above] is a public affairs analyst and the leaders of Africa Reparation Movement and Movement for Equity and Justice in Nigeria. He holds this no holds bar interview with the Igbo Information Network in Enugu,
You have been commending the programmes and policies of the Buhari-led regime. What informed your position?
Nigeria has over the years lacked firm and honest leaders. Most Nigerians and their elites are very dishonest and unpatriotic. When Gen Buhari came on board as a military Head of state he instilled some level of discipline in the system, even if his style appeared draconian. You can also agree with me that Gen Buhari has a pedigree of honesty, patriotism and goodwill that cannot be faulted. I believe he will take Nigeria to the next level.
Currently the government of Gen Buhari is waging a war against corruption with several top Nigerian politicians implicated in billions of Naira fraud and looting of our commonwealth. Do you think this can go far as some people accuse him of being sectional in the anti-corruption war?
Those who have no skeleton in their cupboard need not fear, but all the looters that appropriated our commonwealth for themselves have every reason to fear. Imagine men entrusted with public funds for the purchase of arms to fight the Boko Haram sharing the funds among themselves even as thousands of life is wasted on a daily basis in the war zone. In fact nothing short of shooting them will assuage the people over this treasonable act. I cannot agree that Buhari’s anti-corruption war is selective. That is the propaganda by the looters to be set free. They cannot and never go free after their crime against the nation. All past Governors and politicians under trial by the EFCC AND ICPC should be made to face accelerate justice. Do you know how many Nigerians die daily on our roads and out of hunger because of the activities of these looters?
Coming to the case of the arms purchase deal and diversion, whom do you think should actually be held responsible for the act. Some Nigerians feel former President Jonathan and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala should be held responsible and prosecuted. What is your stand on that?
If there is any evidence that the two benefitted from the scam, they should also be prosecuted. They are not above the law. However authorization and release of funds does not imply support for diversion. I think Jonathan should be investigated well over the matter.
How do you see the 2016 budget?
I do not normally comment on Nigeria’s budgets since our budgets have always been window dressing but I believe there must have been a lot of cerebral input in the 2016 budget. I hope the budget will take care of the vulnerable in the society. The emphasis on capital projects is commendable.
The federal government claimed it has defeated Boko Haram. What is your take on that?
I think the Buhari regime has done a lot in reducing the capability of the Boko Haram. The group is now a ragtag guerilla group that has resorted to suicide bombing and terror attacks here and there. I believe in no distant time they will be completely wiped off.
Interview to be continued…
Interview by the Igbo Information Network