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What Nigerians Missed – President Buhari’s Most Ground Breaking Decision Yet.

from: 15 . 02 . 17

A few weeks ago the Nigerian news media world was engulfed in shocking revelations after the discoveries by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

 “Woe to him who builds his house by unjust gain, setting his nest on high to escape the clutches of ruin!” Habakkuk 2:9

The most mind blowing of these discoveries was the news that the amount of $9.8 million US dollars and another 75,000 British pounds which was connected to the former group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum commission (NNPC) Mr. Andrew Yakubu was recovered after a raid was carried out at one of his houses in Kaduna State. The money was hidden in such a way that it could not be discovered by someone who did not have prior knowledge. The perpetrators had gone to the extent of even providing a fire proof protection for the safe.

A few days later, the EFCC again, recorded another ground breaking discovery, when they found a house in banana island Lagos, which is worth a whopping $37.5 million US dollars. For the Nigerian mind to fully grasp what that means in Nigeria currency, a $37.5 Million US dollar house will equal, $11.75 billion Naira.

This is at a time when Nigerians are gnashing their teeth in the pain of poverty, sky rocketing prices, inflation, unemployment, etc. As a matter of fact, more than half the population of Nigerians are said to be living on less than $2 US dollars a day. Meanwhile one former government official owns a house that costs billions of Naira. The irony is that nobody lives in this house. It is just a way of stashing away money in real estate.

This property was acquired by the former minister of petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. Last year another building was ceased from this same former minister costing $18 million US dollars in the Asokoro area of Abuja.

“Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain.” Ezekiel 22:27

Why am I going into all these stories and histories of recoveries? This is all because I wish to point the attention of Nigerians to what they have missed in the barrage of news that daily hits the Nigerian airwaves.


You will agree with me dear readers that these kind of recoveries especially in such a short period of time could not probably be by accident. Yes, it was not an accident. This level of progress that is now being recorded by the EFCC is surely as a result of some right steps that were taken by the Nigerian government.

 “There is no compromise when it comes to corruption. You have to fight it.” A. K. Anthony.

A few months ago, the federal government of Nigeria, successfully enacted a whistle blowing policy, which to me is the most ground breaking decision of the Buhari administration so far.  This singular decision by the government should prove to all well-meaning Nigerians that the Buhari administration really means business.

One of the platforms on which the APC party and Buhari campaigned upon to win the general presidential election from the Goodluck Jonathan administration, was to fight corruption to a standstill. Even though there have been trickles of successes recorded here and there in the fight against corruption, these latest results are some of the most important victories ever recorded.

“They have sunk deep into corruption, as in the days of Gibeah. God will remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.” Hosea 9:9

The whistle blowing policy is actually much more important to every Nigerian than it initially appears. As a matter of fact, every Nigerian needs to know about this policy. If we really want to combat and win the fight over corruption, we need to have government agencies and none governmental groups popularizing this policy. It is the most ground breaking government decision by the Buhari administration so far.


This policy if well understood by Nigerians would make Nigerians to become participants in the fight against corruption. As the case is right now, I am not sure that most Nigerians are aware of the fact that the whistle blowing policy includes up to 5 PERCENT REWARD OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF LOOTS RECOVERED.

There is no way somebody will steal government money of this magnitude without someone else being aware. It is also true that most people who steal are driven by greed, same with the accomplices. In most cases the accomplices are never paid the promised amount, while in other cases they wish to get more than they were promised. It is this despicable human nature that the government and NGOs that are interested in fighting corruption must leverage upon, to spread the word, so that each person that is aware of such evils would be able to speak up.

“Where do the evils like corruption arise from? It comes from the never-ending greed. The fight for corruption-free ethical society will have to be fought against this greed and replace it with ‘what can I give’ spirit.” A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

People must be told that they could become anti-graft agents as citizens. More so, information that could be reported is not limited to stolen funds alone.


Andrew Yakubu whistle blower got N250,000,000:00 instantly from FG. We (EFCC) have been receiving more whistle blowing information since Andrew Yakubu raid, we will attend to all and we are aware of those hurriedly relocating their loots but unfortunately those helping them in the relocations are updating us. Blow a whistle today and receive an instant 5% of the loots from FG.- EFCC

 “In you are people who accept bribes to shed blood; you take interest and make a profit from the poor. You extort unjust gain from your neighbors. And you have forgotten me, declares the Sovereign Lord.” Ezekiel 22:12


 Citizens are encouraged to report:

1. All forms of mismanagement and misappropriation of public funds and assets

2. Misuse of government properties and vehicles, etc.

3. Financial malpractices of any kind.

4. Any form of fraud especially connected to the common wealth of the nation.

5. Collection or solicitation of bribes.

6. Diversion of payment and revenues.

7. Fraudulent and unapproved payments.

8. Misappropriation of contracts.

9. Kickbacks and over invoicing.

10. Any form of corruption in government or private sectors.

As earlier said, both government and civil societies will have to step up their campaign efforts to inform all Nigerians of their role in fighting corruption. Nigerians must know that building a corruption free society is a collective effort, not just a government responsibility.

We must inform the general public about the definition and the functions of a whistle blower. We must also let the people know that included in this policy is a protection clause. Meaning that the federal government guarantees and provides security and protection for anybody providing such information. More so the information could be provided incognito, that is the person’s identity will not be revealed publicly. This tells us that the government has done a lot from their part to carry Nigerians along and involve ordinary Nigerians in building a more chaste society.

 “Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay are those who gain riches by unjust means. When their lives are half gone, their riches will desert them, and in the end they will prove to be fools.” Jeremiah 17:11


So who is a whistle blower?

Unfortunately, because of our cultural mindset, most of our people will think it evil or negative to be called a whistle blower. This is due to the fact that the society despises the so called snitch, rat, tattletale, while in Nigeria they are called names like amebo, odale, etc. In a culture where this is wide spread, most of the people will be reluctant to participate in this government effort.

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20

However, if we are to build a better future, for our children and posterity, we must stop thinking of the consequences of doing the right thing to ourselves. It is time for us to start to think about the general good and the future of our beloved nation. The most important thing for the whistle blower is to be aware that the information he is providing can be substantiated, that is they are not based on libels, lies and slander.

A whistle blower could be defined as someone who is driven by the greater good of the country and hence voluntarily discloses information at his disposal in good faith and discretion. A whistle blower informs the authorities about a possible misconduct or violation of the law that has occurred, is ongoing or about to take place.

 “The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.” Georges Bernanos

Even though the government has done a good job by passing this policy into law, I however think they are underestimating how much marketing and promotional work needs to be done for this policy to take root in our nation. This is especially obvious in light of the recent return of former governor James Ibori to Nigeria. The celebration and the atmosphere of merry instead of solemnness that surrounded his return to Nigeria suggests that our people need to be better informed.

 “I will surely strike my hands together at the unjust gain you have made and at the blood you have shed in your midst.” Ezekiel 22:13


 In a country where people are rejoicing that a convicted government official has given them a little bit of the goodies he stole instead of reporting to the appropriate government agencies, shows that something must be done to correct the people’s value system. It is obvious that the people are not aware that the goodies and spoils that are being distributed to them by these corrupt individuals is part of the money that is meant for them, the masses. In a situation where a corrupt politician dolls out a million US dollars, be sure that he has stolen about a billion US dollars from the people. He has only given them one percent of what is meant for them. Yet, my people gullibly rejoice and go as far as fighting to protect these corrupt officials.

“A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it.” Proverbs 29:4

Another fact that confirms the need for more propagation of anti-graft policies in the country was recorded a few years back when another governor was arrested overseas, yet managed to escape and run back to the country by disguising as a woman. On his arrival, his people were celebrating him while attacking the government. Blaming the government for his so called plight while totally ignoring the abuse of office and the corruption charges he faced. To his people he is seen as a hero because they had managed to receive some crumbs from his enormous spoils. Unfortunately, these people are celebrating and fighting for the rights of the official who has led them to the abyssal state they are in right now.

It is like a man who stole all your belongings that are worth a million US dollars and then comes back to you to act as the philanthropist while giving you back $10 US dollars. Using $10 US Dollar of your one million dollars to give you a feast. The uninformed populace meanwhile rejoice and celebrate because they had a feast. Some of them even go to the extent of risking their lives to protect the corrupt officials. This is the picture of what is happening in Nigeria right now. This is the more reason why NGOs and civil societies should take over this campaign to sanitize and get our people better informed.

As I write right now, there is an ongoing drama where a federal senator is being charged and looked for in America as a criminal, meanwhile he is a senator here at home in Nigeria. The reason why he was elected as a senator is because he has been splashing some of his money on the electorate and the people keep on supporting him.

I am aware that there is an online portal and telephone number that could be used by these whistle blowers to submit their information through email or by telephone, yet not too many people know this information. That is why I believe that such information must be propagated and made readily available to all Nigerians wherever they are.

Government Contact Information For Whistle Blowers;

Tel: 09098067946



It is my believe that if this policy of whistle blowing is well propagated and promoted to the general public, every Nigerian will stand to gain and our country will be the better for it.


 “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.” Ephesians 4:28

 What are some of the advantages these polices could bring to the country?

1. It would help bring in some much needed cash that could be used to solve some of the myriad list of problems.

2. The recovery of stolen cash will help improve our inflation rate.

3. Since a lot of these money are in foreign currencies, this could help the exchange rate of the naira.

4. Some of the money could be used to build some infrastructure and amenities needed for economic recovery.

5. Pensions could be paid to the senior citizens and pensioners who have been wallowing in poverty and lack.

6. More schools and universities could be built.

7. We could limit the number of strikes by civil servants, teachers, petroleum workers, etc by paying their salaries.

8. More world class hospitals, roads, etc, could be built.

9. The supply and provision of electricity and water could be improved.

10. The level of crime and corruption in the country generally will decrease.

11. This fight against corruption would also help improve the level of public confidence in government and in the country in general, thereby leading to greater inflow of investment into the country.

12. It would encourage transparency and accountability by public officials.


Not too many people are aware of who Doctor George Uboh is, but the fact is that we need thousands more of Dr. Uboh in Nigeria. Dr. Uboh is the foremost whistle blower in Nigeria. He has faced victimization, illegal detentions, physical, cyber and spiritual threats, just for the blowing whistle on some of the Nigerian corrupt officials.

Dr. Uboh has vowed to lay down his life if necessary, in his effort to expose corrupt practices in our country. Many Nigerians should know that there are people like Dr. Uboh already doing the job. They should also know that no amount of black magic or spiritual attacks have been able to stop him because nothing defeats the truth. As long as you are sure that your conviction is based on the truth, the truth will always fight for you.

One of the most important aspects of this policy as I have mentioned earlier is that it protects the whistle blowers. The government at their own cost have taken it upon themselves to provide security and protection to anybody that will submit relevant information against grafts and corruption in our country.

It should also be noted that those who give evil and mischievous information about innocent people will be reprimanded. This is important so that individuals will not turn this policy into a weapon of personal and political vendetta.

The Lord Almighty declares, “I will send it out, and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of anyone who swears falsely by my name. It will remain in that house and destroy it completely, both its timbers and its stones.” Zechariah 5:4

People like Dr. Uboh are convinced that Nigeria could reduce corruption by 90%, but that is only dependent on how widespread this campaign goes to the grassroots. I therefore want to use this opportunity to appeal to Nigerians all and sundry, to join his campaign. This is not about a political party, this is one of the most important government policies in our country today. We should all join it to make Nigeria better.

It is only thanks to this policy that Andrew Yakubu’s largesse were discovered despite all the protection that was put in place. Somebody who knew about it blew the whistle. The same applied to the discovery of the 11 billion naira house belonging to former petroleum Minister Diezani Madueke.

As you all could see, the latest successes of our anti- graft agency (EFCC) is mainly thanks to the efforts of ordinary citizens in submitting relevant information to the right agencies.

“Therefore, until the day I die, I am going to do what I can, regardless of the cost to me, to try to stop this awful corruption that is destroying our beloved democracy.” John Jay Hooker

I therefore want to use this avenue to thank the people in the Buhari administration who came up with this policy. It is now the turn of every Nigerian to ask what he/she could do to make this campaign a success. If we do, Nigeria will become a better place. A country from where her citizens will not be running anymore, it will be a desirable place for people in the diaspora to come to. Let us all make Nigeria a better place for all.


By Sunday Adelaja

One Comments to “What Nigerians Missed – President Buhari’s Most Ground Breaking Decision Yet.”
Why I root for the Buahri’s Magu’s Bakare’s, Adelaja’s, Ezekwesili’s, El-Rufai’s and co. Last week news came that Nigerians in South Africa were “ attacked.” Everyone talked about the xenophobic aspect. However, there is another aspect no one is talking about, even though we all know it “ what do some of these Nigerian guys do for a living?” The communities claimed it was a reaction to drugs and prostitution, with prostitutes as young as nine years old being rescued. Please stay with me to see how it connects to the topic. I do not condone xenophobia. I know it is a challenge in South Africa, I also know not all South Africans are xenophobic. I do not also condone jungle justice as a means to solve issues. But today am not talking about xenophobia. I am talking about the Nigerians. What do the people see? My people have a saying that says “when you scold the hawk that wants to snatch the chicken, you also have to scold the chicken that strays from its mum” There are many good Nigerians in South Africa. Unfortunately good news does not sell. But there are also quite a number of bad ones. In Johannesburg alone, there are at least ten to fifteen suburbs where every morning, fifty to hundred Nigerians converge and hang out there from morning to night selling drugs. They do nothing else. Just hag at the street corners, make lots of noise, dirty the streets and sell drugs. Nobody would view this and think it normal. Except the drug dealers. I have met drug dealers who introduced themselves to me as drug dealers! Can you beat that? Conscience is dead. They see nothing wrong with it. I have watched a documentary where a person goes underground to interview the drug kingpin. He actually comments as follows “ we are fighting, we know we are fighting, but we are fighting to win.” In addition to this, we have those doing what they call “throwing paper” this means 419 scams. South Africa is one of the headquarters for Nigerian scammers. Each time these guys are challenged, they scream xenophobia. It’s not a mistake. It’s a calculated way to get sane people to back off. It’s a strategy. Exploit the weak link in the society, use that as a cover for yourselves. Once the world rises to xenophobia, everyone has to back down, and business goes on. Unfortunately, many of the Nigerian organizations in South Africa are infested with Nigerians who are currently or former drug dealers and fraudsters. It is sad. The supposed representatives of the people are badly tainted. Just like we see in leadership back home. Former fraudsters become State Governors. And unfortunately in our culture, the end justifies the means. When I told my fellow Nigerian barber that drug dealing is bad, he said “ bros, you will not understand. These guys have to survive too.” What he was implying tis that I do not understand hardship. He was wrong. I too have known hardship. God helped me overcome. His grace prevented me from drug dealing. That grace is available to any who seeks. Only God can help us overcome hardship and temptation, but this does not call us to justify crime. A criminal should be finding ways to change and not seeking for cover to perpetuate evil. The Nigerian drug and fraud community has grown powerful in South Africa because no one is bold enough to rise up and say “hey, this is wrong.” “ Buhari said it. He said many Nigerians are doing bad things in South Africa. He also said many Nigerians around the world are doing bad things and making life difficult for other good Nigerians. Guess the reaction? The society was up in arms against him. They said he was tarnishing the Nigerian image. Can you imagine the warped thinking? The criminals are not tarnishing the image. The one who calls for criminals to stop is the one tarnishing the image! This is why I root for men like Buhari, Magu, Bakare, Adelaja and others. They are among the few Nigerians who are ready to take the bull by the horn and say it as it is. They are ready to confront evil even when it is unpopular. These are not brow beaten by the mob. You cannot shut them down. Oh I wish one of this men would relocate to South Africa and champion the voice of the good Nigerians. Those who are working to contribute to building Nigeria. Those who HATE what they see their brethren do every day. They wish they could rise up and paint a different picture of Nigerians in South Africa. But they are afraid. They are afraid for their lives because these drug dealers have formed powerful mafias. They kill. Those 116 Nigerians who died in the last two years in South Africa were not mostly killed by South Africans. Most were killed by their own kin; turf wars within their cartels, just like the Italian mafiaso stories we hear in America. I root for men like Buhari because they will say the truth regardless of whose ox is gored. I root for men like Buhari because in them we have leaders who cannot be brow beaten by the typical Nigerian shouting, screaming and tantrum throwing. They are men who will do what is right, face the pain and stay the course until the good times come.

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