By Adenike Lucas
Dear Bob Dee,
I hope you’re not offended that I addressed you by your moniker. I was once told that nicknames were reserved for friends and family. The lasting telephone conversation I had with you during the elections might not make us friends but, this letter is written with a friendly tone.
As you might already know, I am a big fan of yours, I grew up reading the Ovation magazine and even now, I watch Ovation TV every Saturday without fail. I believe we have many things in common. We share an interest in communicating through our pens and politics.
I like your writing style which is why I look forward to reading The Pendulum, your column in This Day. I think critical friends like you are very important and President Muhammadu Buhari knows this. However, the challenges of running a complex nation like Nigeria might mean he is unable to send a reply to address the issues you raised in your most recent article titled “Another Desperate Memo to President Buhari.”
As usual, this was a brilliant piece but I disagree with the suggestion that we should let those who have stolen from our commonwealth to return the money silently. So many Nigerians have died for lack of security, lack of food, hospital, bad roads and many more have received poor education or none; simply because a bunch of unpatriotic Nigerians diverted the finances meant for the people into their own private pockets. It is wrong for the President to collect the money back ‘silently’ and tell them to go and ‘sin no more.’
First of all, what gives us the assurance they have submitted all they stole or how do we know they would not steal more after the proposed deal with the President?
Besides, I would like to remind you that the Executive and Judiciary are two separate entities. The President has made it clear that he does not want to meddle in the affairs of the judiciary. There are different arms of government and each serves a different duty. We should allow the different arms of government to do their jobs. One of the duties of the judiciary is to determine the guilt or innocence of those accused of violating the criminal laws of that nation. Like any other criminals, those accused of bleeding us dry should have their day in court.
In short, what I am saying is that a country like Nigeria, where things are easily swept under the carpet, a public prosecution and judgement against those guilty of converting public money for their private use is not only a deterrent but an opportunity to build the confidence of the people.
It goes without saying that Nigerians are in need of change. This is why many voted for President Buhari. The change might not be as fast as we all desire but remember that change requires patience and dedication.
President Buhari is laying a solid foundation that would help turn the situation of this country around and together we can deliver more of those APC promises which will make Nigeria great again.
Thanks for taking the time to read my friendly reply to you. I look forward to next week’s issue of The Pendulum.