Thursday, April 15, 2010
HALLIBURTON BRIBERY SCANDAL, BAN BABANGIDA FROM POLITICS FOR LIFE!
The Pandora's Box of the Halliburton $180 million dollars bribery scandal has been opened and inside of it was found the stout itchy hands of Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida! Now he wants to use some of the proceeds of the bribe money, his share of the Halliburton's kick-back, to buy his way back to power and then mortgage whatever remains of all Nigeria's present, subsisting and future financial interest and pocket the proceeds in his pocket? Recall that this evil genius is yet to account for the $12billion dollars first Iraqi war oil windfall, seventeen years after his forcible misrule of Nigeria. Nigerians please tell Babangida that Aso Rock has no price-tag and that even if it has, that Nigerians will not accept such tainted bank-notes from his filthy hands, in payment for their presidency. Like he denied MKO Abiola the presidency, now opportunity calls for Nigerians to remind Babangida of that infra-dig and pay him back in his own coin; - mete out to him the same treatment as he gave to Abiola and always bear in mind that with a friend like IBB, no one needs an enemy! Nigerians please say no to Babangida, tell him not this time and never again shall such a notoriously corrupt army man be allowed to enjoy that which he previously denied others - Shehu Shagari in 1983 and MKO Abiola in 1993 respectively! Shamelessly enough, Babangida is now asking that the 2011 elections be free and fair; and that votes be counted with the peoples' elected candidate allowed to govern? Icheoku says, look who is talking, the toothy fairy madman of Minna, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida; a devil incarnate who never allowed a similar free and fair election of Chief MKO Abiola to hold, and thereby denied the people of Nigeria their rightfully elected choice president to govern? What goes around comes around as Babangida now stares his forthcoming nemesis in the face, and Icheoku prays that he will live to feel the humiliation and dejection that come with a denied mandate, assuming he ever gets one. It is called Karmic law!
Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida having been implicated as a partaker of the Halliburton's $180 million dollars bribe money, and thereby tarnished Nigeria's image further; and compounded Professor Dora Akunyili's "re-branding Nigeria" effort more, Icheoku says he is not a fit and proper person to rule Nigeria and should therefore be banned from contesting or holding any future public office in Nigeria, including the presidency. Nigeria's problems are already compounded enough to add another stigma of a country being governed by a notoriously corrupt and bloody president. In the spirit of the newly revived war against corruption, sanctioning Babangida will be a necessary good first step and no other sanction will be more far-reaching than to deny him his dream pet-project of ruling Nigeria legally. The first time was as a thieving illegal coup-plotting junta, which he wants so much to wash away by being duly elected by the people of Nigeria as president and in order to atone for his sins of that nation hijacking. Icheoku therefore call on the National Assembly to pass a law immediately, banning any person implicated in the Halliburton scandal and/or any other public official bribery and corruption, from ever aspiring, holding, accepting appointment or nomination of or to any future political office in Nigeria; or on Nigeria's behalf, elsewhere, everywhere and anywhere in the world. Such a measure will send a strong message that Nigeria is now seriously and earnestly fighting corruption; and confirm that at last, the issue of corruption has reached its final bus-stop. Choke off the head and the body withers away, so corruption must be fought to finish from top to bottom in order to defeat it once and for all. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida is a good specimen for the experimentation of seriously defeating corruption and this Halliburton's bribery scandal provides a golden opportunity to rein him in and set an example with his bloody self. Evil-genius and president wanna-be, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, must be damned for being such an over-reaching eyesore for Nigeria. Such a notoriously corrupt person and bribe-taker does not deserve to ever wear the toga of a Nigeria's president again; and must therefore be banned from standing in any future presidential election or other office for that matter. A bribe-taker is such a low-life imbecile that should not be allowed to be president of Nigeria otherwise his sin of taking bribe will affect the moral standing of the general populace and by implication, rubbish the 're-branding Nigeria' effort of Professor Dora Akunyili. Who in Nigeria wants a bribe-taker to be his/her president; not any person known to Icheoku and you and you too?
The Senate have courageously done a similar thing in the past when they voted to deny former coup-plotting heads of state any state pension; and should now summon the mother of all courage to stop this corrupt and virile Babangida from ever realizing his eternal dream of becoming a legitimate president of Nigeria or even running for it, his declared intention to run for president in 2011 notwithstanding. Only such a goal-directed action is capable of sending the desired message, loud and clear, that it is a new day in Nigeria; and that no one, no matter how highly placed or notorious he or she may be, including Babangida, is any longer above and beyond accountability. Babangida must and should be held to account for his sins of partaking in the Halliburton's bribery and as a consequence thereto, stopped from marching into Aso Rock! The ban should include the rest of his thieving corrupt accomplices, implicated in this bribery scandal, including Mike Akhigbe, Rilwan Lukman, Philip Asiodu, Oladipo Diya, Mike Okigbo, Aminu Saleh, Ibrahim Aliyu, Anthony Ani, Ismaila Gwarzo, Alhaji Gidado Idris, Tom Ikimi, Orji Kalu, Babagana Kingibe, Patrick Dele Cole, Aliyu Mohammed Gusau and Jeremiah Jerry-boy Useni. It is instructive that Orji Kalu, the only Igbo person who benefited from this massive bribery largesse; has now risen so far among the echelon of corrupt Nigerians that he now shares in their evil booty?A man Icheoku formerly greatly admired but whose participation in this bribery scandal has greatly tasked our loyalty that we hereby, withdraw all past, present and future endorsement for higher office, hitherto bestowed on this man and abundantly? Icheoku asks where are the NLC, SNG and other NGOs who parade themselves as the conscience of the society protesting this nefarious and heinous revelation from the Halliburton Bribery Files? Icheoku has always known that the weighty list of the Halliburton bribe-takers had hindered its release and/or prosecution of those implicated culprits till now. Acting President Goodluck Jonathan must now show that he has what it takes to be a leader and be bold in stopping Babangida and his band of thieves from going back to Aso Rock to finish looting whatever is left of the meagre treasury; admitted that he is yet to account for the $12 billion dollars first Iraqi oil windfall. Enough Nigerians, stop the roguish IBB from bulldozing his way back into Aso Rock in 2011 - just ban him from standing for the election, period! So like they say in a popular lingo, 'show me the money;' Acting President Jonathan Goodluck must now show us his courage and determination in tackling the monster of corruption in Nigeria! A good place to begin will be to "Ban Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida and his corrupt co-travelers in bribery land, from running and/or holding any future political office in Nigeria or on behalf of Nigeria, anywhere and everywhere in the world! Jonathan's pledge to fight corruption to a finish will be meaningless as long as this imbecile remain the 'godfather' of Nigerian politics. So as Jonathan opens the Halliburton Files, he must instruct Madam EFCC Farida Waziri to immediately go to work, using Babangida as the headline suspect! If Jonathan musters the courage to do this, his name will forever be etched in the annals of Nigeria history as that man who trampled where angels feared to tread. Icheoku asks Jonathan; now that history has called on you, will you be courageous enough to answer? Icheoku asks Jonathan, as Nigeria is asking who shall I send to fix her, will you be able to say, 'here I am send me?' Please Mr. Acting President Jonathan Goodluck, do not let this golden chance pass-by unanswered; Babangida is the most hated Nigerian alive, second only to Olusegun Obasanjo, except that many Nigerians fear his ruthless maniacal and murderous dispositions; so moving against him will be a very populist thing to do; so give it a shot! Please Jonathan, help Nigeria heal and move forward, force Babangida out of the presidential race, arrest and indict him for corruption, hoping you have the balls to take on such big monster. it is the stuff heroes are made of and you must stand up to be counted as the leader that did big things. BAN BABANGIDA NOW!