Saturday, 12 July 2014
SEEKING AN ESCAPE ROUTE FROM JUSTICE
By Segun Badmus
Few months ago, I wrote about Femi Fani Kayode playing the ostrich game after visiting the Presidential villa. He returned from that visit speaking from both sides of his mouth about the party which he ran to immediately after its formation, all in the hope it would provide him sanctuary against his criminal prosecution. I knew immediately something inordinate is about to happen. With the current happenings, my fears are beginning to garner legitimacy.
Just few days ago, precisely on the 10 July 2014, Festus Kenyamo representing the EFCC filed to close its case in the trial of the former aviation Minister who has been accused of over 40 count amended charge of illegal diversion, embezzlement and accepting bribes etc amounting to over 100million Naira in the course of serving as a Minister.
Surprisingly, when the Defense counsel to FFK decided to file for a no case submission, the prosecution counsel led by Festus Kenyamo did not object to this absurdity. This same Festus Kenyamo is being rumored to being politically and professionally blackmailed by threats of denying him approval to become a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), a rumor which has actually been confirmed by the refusal of his application to become a SAN.
My labor in this write up is to cross examine the shenanigans currently going on in our criminal justice system, where all known criminals are being given sanctuary to play prominent political role in the build up to the 2015 general election and to highlight the hypocrisy in the man known as Femi Fani Kayode.
On his Facebook page today 12/07/2014, where he mischievously posted about the notices of debate in the British House of Commons. He erroneously inferred that the British parliament are trying to link the All Progressives Congress with the menace of Boko Haram.
After a thorough examination of the document showing the questions slated for oral or written answers, I have come to draw the conclusion about the quality of the mind associated with the man FFK. I have come to a conclusion that it is not the fame of your alma mater or the quality of your education that determines your disposition. This man has flawed the bragging right argument about which institution you graduated from. He has stood logic on it head and I am so ashamed that people who have had access to good education cannot brag any longer.
Read the following information from the British House of parliament where the true template of questions to be asked the Secretary of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, William Hague.
These questions were posed by Member Andrew Rosindale as follows:
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the rise in Islamic terrorism in Nigeria.
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what support his Department plans to offer to Nigeria in tackling the threat of Boko Haram.
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of links between Boko Haram and other Islamic extremist groups in Africa.
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will discuss with his counterpart in Cameroon the need for constructive dialogue between that country and Nigeria in tackling Boko Haram; and if he will make a statement.
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have had with leading members of the Nigerian opposition party, the All Progressive Congress; and if he will make a statement.
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will commission an inquiry into the international support network for Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon; and if he will make a statement"
The above submissions has shown the hypocrisy in the man FFK, in his missives against APC, he has adduced that the party is about to be exposed for its link with the activities of this murderous sect.
This man has been doing all he can to regain momentum to be able to play the power game of squashing his criminal indictment and rising back to prominence. Don't be surprised he may earn himself an appointment in the cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Fellow Nigerians, the Presidency as presently constituted has identified several political gladiators who are hell bent on assisting its 2015 presidential reelection. All dead woods are being reawakened to give life to this ignominious ambition of the lord of the manor.
I am constrained to intervene in the melodrama unfolding so as to set the record straight. The current crop of leaders in Nigeria's governance structure has lost touch with common sense and needs to be kicked out.
If APC is the angel unknown, then we should kick out the devil that has continued to impoverish the masses of our people under which Nigeria has become one the worst place to be born on earth.
Segun Badmus is a Good Governance Advocate and one of Africa's Thought Leader.