Nigerians woke up on Thursday morning asking one question: So what happened?
It was almost as though former Pres. Olusegun Obasanjo’s blistering letter fired adrenaline shots into the arm of the APC-led federal government.
The timeline of events was something like this:
- Tuesday: Obasanjo’s releases statement
- Tuesday: Pres. Buhari meets APC leader Bola Tinubu, former chairman Bisi Akande and national chairman John Odigie-Oyegun
- Wednesday: Federal Government responds to Obasanjo
- Wednesday: Federal Government, through the EFCC, detains former SGF Babachir Lawal
- Wednesday: APC announces that its committee on restructuring led by Kaduna Gov. Nasir El-rufai will submit its report on Thursday.
So that was how Nigerians woke up on Thursday morning asking this:
So what changed? Or they were gathering evidence? | EFCC Detains Former SGF, Babachir Lawal https://t.co/vS0e4UNa3P
— tyro (@DoubleEph) January 25, 2018
And Bayelsa PDP Sen. Ben. Murray-Bruce had the answer that was on most lips:
All of a sudden they announce that the committee on restructuring will submit its report tomorrow. All of a sudden Babachir Lawal is detained. Maybe other former Presidents should also write letters. Then may be all of a sudden we will deal with herdsmen killings and other issues
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) January 24, 2018
Would anything come out of all these? Maybe. But it is important to note two things:
- On detention of Babachir Lawal: The EFCC record on successfully prosecuting politically exposed persons since Pres. Buhari came into power is zero. Not one has been brought to book.
- On restructuring: This is what Pres. Buhari said on the matter on January 1st: “In respect of political developments, I have kept a close watch on the on-going debate about “Restructuring”. We Nigerians can be very impatient and want to improve our conditions faster than may be possible considering our resources and capabilities. When all the aggregates of nationwide opinions are considered, my firm view is that our problems are more to do with process than structure.”
But then it’s possible to change Pres. Buhari’s “firm view”, right? Right!