Senate president Bukola Saraki has vowed to uphold “zero tolerance” for corruption. He said during a meeting with the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) “there is no hiding place for corrupt elements in Nigeria”.
Saraki also claimed that most of the problems facing the country were as a result of the monumental corruption in the system.
The first question we would like to put to Saraki is: how did you say all this with a straight face?
The hypocrisy of Nigerian politricksters is of monumental proportions. If Saraki had zero tolerance for corruption, he would be unable to tolerate himself! You would expect him to handcuff himself and hand himself over to the ICPC, with a signed confession of all the corrupt practices he visited on the people of Kwara State in his eight years as governor. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declared about two years ago that it had eight major cases of fraud against the former governor.
Saraki knows full well that we have a well-remunerated and well-upholstered hiding place for corrupt elements in Nigeria. It is also known as the senate. You will find there a bunch of shady characters that have looted their states dry for eight years just like Saraki, including former governors Godswill Akpabio from Akwa Ibom, Theodore Orji of Abia, Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano, etc.
Most of the problems facing Nigeria are down to the corruption of these people who, rather than use the resources of their states for the benefit of their residents, diverted those resources to their own pockets to become rich beyond the wildest dreams of most Nigerians.
Saraki knows this. I think he is also clever enough to know that a lot of us know this. But he still insists on insulting our intelligence with his “zero tolerance” nonsense. I think this is because of the culture of impunity in Nigeria – a culture that has grown from our tolerance of the corruption of Saraki and his fellow travellers in that hiding place for looters called the “senate”.