President Muhammadu Buhari is once again has came under criticism for ignoring to act in the indictment of his Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, who has been alleged to havr diverted $550,000 security fund, Mr Garba Shehu the president spokesman deflected response on this allegation to the office of the Minister of Defence when a reporter from Guardian Newspaper sought the the government reaction on the matter.the government is facing more allegations of selecting whom to prosecute in the government anti-corruption war ,
Mr president is now directly fingered for shielding Magashi, who has been accused of stealing and shipping $550,000 from the nation’s treasury to an offshore account. the minister of Defence Mr Magashi has been called out to explain his role in the slush amount he received from the infamous ‘Abacha loot’ estimated by Transparency International to be at least $5 billion, out of which $3 billion has been recovered.
A leading online Nigerian newspaper provided more insight to corruption in the Buhari administration as it spotted what appears to be at odds with the administration’s sworn mandate to tackle corruption. the government fight against corruption is looking more and more like selected fight
it has been over three months since Magashi was named as having been indicted for stealing and shipping abroad about $550,000 from the nation’s treasury. Yet, Buhari has failed to take action on the indictment.
The newspaper had in August 28 ran exclusively report of how Magashi, a retired major general, while in service, got a slice of the infamous ‘Abacha Loot.’ The Buhari government has since benefitted from several millions of dollars in returned funds from countries where the money was hidden. At the time, a presidency official, who asked not to be named because he had no permission to grant media interviews, said: “I can tell you that there is no way the president would have ignored that kind of matter to appoint him if he were made aware.”
three months after, many Nigerians feel embarrassed that the president still ignores the findings in the report. Even when the newspaper contacted Garba Shehu before it went public with the report, he did not answer or return multiple calls and text messages sent over two days on why the president had not taken a stance on the allegations.
Buhari silence of his inner cabinet many corruption cases is already being interpreted by Nigerians and as consistent with the administration’s policy of selective justice. Even critical government agencies which provide background information like the Department of State Services (DSS) have been fingered for turning a blind eye to Magashi’s alleged corrupt past before the Senate confirmed him.