Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The zero tolerance to corruption of President Muhammadu Buhari must be entrenched at all levels of government inside and outside of Nigeria, if indeed Nigeria seeks to redeem its image to take its place of pride among comity of nations. It is in view of this that the unfortunate incident going on at the Nigeria Consulate in Johannesburg needs to be addressed by both the Nigerian government at home and the Nigerian community in South Africa.
In the first week of February 2015, the Consulate General sought for quotes on the purchase of cars from Honda Auto Melrose, situated on 101 Corlett Drive, Birnam, Bryanston. Based on the quotes from Honda, the Consulate administration came decided to purchase three (3) Honda cars. The cars and the quotes from Honda are as follows:
1. One Honda Accord Color – Gloss Black - R481, 411.97.
2. Two (2) pieces of Honda Mobillo;
(A) One (1) Majestic Blue metallic – R191, 007.05.
(B) One (1) Urban Titanium Metallic color - R191, 007.05.
On the 13th of February, 2015 the Consulate General, Johannesburg, wrote as follows: to The Manager, Honda Auto Melrose and Attention: Nujmah Samodian; New Car Sales Executive with letter headline “EXPRESSION OF INTEREST ACQUISITION OF OFFICAL VEHICLES FOR CONSULATE USE”. The letter reads: “Please refer to our earlier discussion yesterday 12th February, 2015 on the Consulate of Nigeria to acquire brand new vehicles for its official use”
The letter continued “With regards to the attached invoice, the consulate is interested in acquiring vehicles at the price indicated therein:
(a) One (1) Honda Accord: Color – Gloss Black - R481, 411.97
(b) Two (2) pieces of Honda Mobillo
Color 1 – Majestic Blue Metalic - R191, 007.05
Color 11 – Urban Titanium Metallic - R191, 007.05
The letter further stated that “To this end, kindly find enclosed a cheque for the sum of R500, 000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Rands) being preliminary deposit in respect of the three (3)”.
The letter further stated that: “You may wish to proffer a reasonable offer in respect of the Consulate’s Toyota as a trade in option to enable us conclude the deal should you be interested in the vehicle.
In a mysterious development, the Consul-General on the 11th of March 2015 resubmitted a letter from Honda with heading “HONDA SPECIAL CREDIT BALANCE – CONSULATE GENERAL OF NIGERIA – AMBASSADOR (MRS) UCHE AJULU-OKEKE”
The letter indicated a totally different price as it stated that:
1. Honda Mobilio Automatic (CVT) - R243, 843.05
2. Honda Mobilio Automatic (CVT) - R243, 843.05
TOTAL: - R487, 666.10
AMOUNT PAID - R500, 000.00
TOTAL - R487, 686.10
CREDIT BALANCE - R14, 313.90
We are therefore calling on President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), The Permanent Secretary Foreign Affairs Ministry and all anti-corruption agencies to probe the accounts of the Consulate General in Johannesburg and also look into the entire unofficial monetary burden imposed on Nigerians for services by the Consulate General.
Public funds which are meant to improve services for Nigerians at the Consulate General in Johannesburg and which are meant to develop and strengthen the Nigerian community are disappearing into public officer’s use. For every cent of public funds mismanaged a Nigerian is paying for it by being deprived of certain rights or facility.
The current administration of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; led by President Muhammadu Buhari is very passionate about fighting corruption and has stated that it is number 3 on its agenda after insecurity and unemployment. The President has vowed to do everything possible to fight corruption to a standstill. Reaffirming his position on corruption the President on May 7th 2015 stated that “I will kill corruption before it kills Nigeria, when my administration takes off on May 29” stated the article. The articles confirmed that he also admonished state governors and other public officials to practice whatever they preach.
President Buhari said this when members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Akwa Ibom Chapter, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja. He said the nation’s problems were not ethnic or religious, but corruption. President Buhari said tackling corruption is third on his agenda, after insecurity and unemployment.
“So the point I want to make here is that the problem of Nigeria is not ethnic or religious, it is corruption,” Mr. Buhari said. “This is what we are fighting, that is why corruption is number three in my campaign”.
Also on August 30, 2015 in an article published by Premium Times titled “Anti-corruption war is non-negotiable”. In the article, Mr. Garba Shehu the presidential spokesman added that the war against corruption knows no friend, nor foe. He added “For the purpose of emphasis, the issue of fighting corruption by President Buhari is non-negotiable. President Buhari will not be deterred or blackmailed into retreat and surrender on his fight against corruption” he said
As responsible citizens who mean well for our Country Nigeria and who desires a great country we all can be proud of, it is important that we support President Buhari and his administration in fighting corruption by availing information of corrupt public officers.
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