We Might Need a Benevolent Dictator to Get Things Right - Festus Keyamo

The Appeal Court just ordered a retrial of the Police Equipment Fund case which you have been prosecuting against Kenny Martins and others, what was your initial reaction when a no case submission was handed down by the High Court judge that tried the case initially?

Well, I just knew the judgment was wrong. From the very first day it was given I knew there was something terribly wrong about the judgment and I only bided my time the moment the EFCC briefed me.

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There has been this line of thought that the EFCC are not very thorough in their investigations and this affects prosecution of some of the cases, how do you react to that?

Well, you see that the Court of Appeal said there was enough evidence; that there was a good case at the lower court. So most of these things you hear, most of these judgments, you hear when they say people have no case and are thrown out, in most of these cases, there are things that are terribly wrong with these judgments but I cannot say more than that. It is when you test it at a higher court that you know that those judgments are flawed.

This case has been going on for some time now; don’t you think the case is losing appeal?

Unfortunately, that’s the way our criminal justice system goes; it’s slow and tardy. Look at the Al Mustapha’s case, the case took 13 years but justice was served at the end of the day and when that judgment was given, the whole episode came back fresh in the minds of everybody. People hardly forget; it’s just that justice takes time a times but when served, it is served very hot and sweet.

You issued a statement on the Farouk Lawan ongoing drama, the question I want to ask you is, if this is supposed to be a sting operation, what took the security operatives so long in arresting him?

I want to ask you a question; if Farouk Lawan had been arrested a few hours to the presentation of that report on the floor of the House, would you have believed the law enforcement agents? Everybody was waiting for that report, he was the hero of the nation at that time and he told the nation that he was doing a thorough job and then he was arrested a few hours before the presentation of that report, would you believe the law enforcements agents? Never. In fact, if he tells the nation that he was picked up from his house at gun point and taken to Otedola’s house to take the dollars, everybody will just believe him and say, they want to kill this boy. As it is, the SSS laid a trap, allowed him to stew in his pot. And they allowed him to perform the act for which he took the money.

Then why was he not arrested after the act of exonerating Otedola?

But that was when they said they called the Speaker of the House to inform him. Don’t forget that all these law enforcement agencies are subject to politics; ICPC, EFCC, Police, all of them. When it gets to that level, they always get approvals to do anything. And I am sure you heard that at that point, they called Tambuwal after the presentation and said this is what happened and showed him the tape. And Tambuwal called Farouk Lawan and said, look at the embarrassment you have brought us. It was at that point that Lawan started running up and down and said he wrote a letter to Jagaba attaching dollars; it was only after it has been exposed. But then, all those explanation have fallen flat at this point. Jagaba said, “Sorry, you did not give me dollars.” He said he wrote a hand written note and you want Nigerians to believe you. He thinks that he is wiser than Nigerians; that you took bribe from somebody and the only act of exposition you made is a hand written note to a colleague of yours saying that you hereby attach dollars in these note that they gave you a bribe. So we have become foolish as a nation to believe that cock and bull story. The man Jagaba said don’t drag me into this because obviously, what was planned was that he would assist him when he was falling and at that point, Farouk Lawan was left alone. He started running up and down to say all sorts of cock and bull story to spin Nigerians. Farouk said he wanted to use the dollars to expose Otedola but instead of exposing him, you stood up on the floor of the House shielding him, telling the world that this man was not involved in subsidy scam. So what you are seeing is that the whole thing smacks of a grand scam; all along these probes are nothing but schemes of blackmail, this is what they do. And that is why Nigerians have been asking what happened to all the reports of past probes? That is the problem we are seeing here it is just a scheme for blackmail by members of the House of Representatives. That is why they set up these committees; it is not to help Nigerians; are they accountable to anybody? All of them were handpicked by their Godfathers in their various states. What happened in the case of Farouk Lawan is a robbery that went terribly wrong and not as planned and he should stop this dance of shame; it has gotten to a ridiculous extent right now. Lawan should appeal to Nigerians, appeal to Allah he serves and say please forgive me I have erred. Nigerians will be sympathetic and consider him. He should resign from office and save that office the shame that he has brought to the House and go back to his village and begin to grow Kolanuts; he will still make a living with all the monies he has collected.

The police have said that they don’t have enough evidence to prosecute Lawan, does that now worry you with regards to the prosecution should the matter get to that extent?

That is more or less like a statement of investigators; they will not tell you how far they have gone. As it is now, the case is closed in my opinion; somebody has made a confessional statement already that he took the money. I don’t need to see tapes again, I don’t need to see video or see dollars. What are they looking for dollars for? To prove what? It has been admitted by Farouk already. He has admitted himself that there were several phone calls regarding the giving and receiving of bribes. By denying his voice on those tapes he is making a further U-turn again from the various he has made. By denying the obvious, he cuts the picture of a hardened crook and criminal; that we are dealing with a human being who is hardened in his ways and he will never change. The only way to break him is to tell him as patriots that he cannot hold public office if he is this kind of person.

The bigger picture we are not looking at is the fuel subsidy investigation report, what happens to it now?

The subsidy report should be sent to law enforcement agents for them to do independent investigations.

With what has happened, is this report still credible?

The report, in the first place, is not the basis for prosecution, I don’t know who is misleading the public; the press has been misleading the public. You cannot use the report of the House to prosecute anybody; all lawyers know that and many of our colleagues are the ones putting forth that argument. The report of the House is worthless in the eyes of the law. When you bring a report of the House, it will be set aside by law enforcement agents and they will do their own independent investigations. All those witnesses will be re-interviewed; their statements this time will be taken under caution because the circumstances under which you took the statement in the House are not the same under law enforcement agents. There you will be told that you are not obliged to write anything but anything you write will be used for or against you in a court of law, which is a statement of caution. You will be asked if you wish to go on. Without the scandal, the report of the House is only a guide, it has no prosecutorial worth.

With what has happened, do you see the House as being credible?

The House of Representatives has never been credible. It only confirmed all the suspicion all along. I know them very well, I have prosecuted them before. That place you see at the Central area is a dome of fraud; a scheme of fraud. I am being honest. People just use the power of public office to design schemes of fraud.

How can this ‘Dome of Fraud’ be made credible?

We need to go back to our electoral system. This is the problem and it’s key. The system that produces people in public office, it is completely messed up. Let us fine-tune our electoral system. If we cannot fine-tune it, I am sorry, we need a benevolent dictator to come and do that for us. I am sorry but we may need it.

I want to get you right, are you saying we need a ‘benevolent dictator’ to get things right?

What else do we need at this point? Because now they (House of Representatives) are not willing to make change happen. In fact, after committing electoral fraud, they have further frustrated those they have cheated by saying that they should do their petitions in some days. Look at all the petitions that have been thrown out that has merit. Just look at it. Without creating an enabling environment for the court to function.



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Re: We Might Need a Benevolent Dictator to Get Things Right - Festus Keyamo
Auspicious posted on 07-10-2012, 18:07:53 PM
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Everybody opening his mouth "gbaga" talking of an oxymoron as 'benevolent dictator'.

And when their 'benevolent dictator' comes now, na them go cry pass o.

Nonsense.
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Re: We Might Need a Benevolent Dictator to Get Things Right - Festus Keyamo
Kemet posted on 07-10-2012, 18:18:12 PM
No mind the kolo.

Any way, Mujihadeen Shekau of the People's BH Army is on a campaign to be the Executive "benevolent dictator" of Nigeria. I hope our Human Rice lawyer will support him.
Re: We Might Need a Benevolent Dictator to Get Things Right - Festus Keyamo
Superego posted on 07-10-2012, 18:58:54 PM
Lord sees my heart.

I was just debating with my bro, and telling him how much I pray for a Military dictator to grab Nigeria right now, before the insane western democrazy leaders destroy us finish.
Re: We Might Need a Benevolent Dictator to Get Things Right - Festus Keyamo
Yum posted on 07-10-2012, 19:25:01 PM
A backdoor cry for Northern goons to take over. Mtcheeeeew. Aint gonna happen.
Re: We Might Need a Benevolent Dictator to Get Things Right - Festus Keyamo
Superego posted on 07-10-2012, 19:36:38 PM
I would rather have Northern goons than the vacuum we have today.

U are so paranoid? U fear a ghost.

It makes u appear rather stupid.

The cabal is Ogboni, it transcends the North. There are no northern goons. Google 'Nigeria: illusion of north dominated rule'.

Do u really think I am so primitive and dumb and colonially brain washed to care about Northern or southern?

My top candidate for president is Fashola. I bet u'll say I like him cuz he is Muslim and not because he is damn good!

u are just another hopeless bigot. Soaked in it. Ur every thought and word is hate for a group, for a religion.

My best government was Idiagbon led. It had nothing to do with Northern goons.

Our worst governments have been middle belt and southern.
Re: We Might Need a Benevolent Dictator to Get Things Right - Festus Keyamo
Yum posted on 07-10-2012, 20:15:52 PM
I don't get rattled by Rush Limbaugh-rism. That you are the first to call people bigots do not cover your putrefying orifice. We all know who is the bigot. We all know what you stand for. We all know you are here for one purpose; to celebrate jihadism through terrorism. And we all know how you hate the Christians so. So go on man. Shout to the roof top. But the odor of your lies precedes you.

You are all too predictable. First, you wanted Nigeria gone because it was created by the white massas. Then your masters told you that position is not advantageous to their interest . Then you turned 180 degree into a die hard believer in Nigeria or in the lie you keep telling yourself, one nation Africa, before your white massas came. Now you are kicking around the idea of a dictator because you know that is where your goons have the absolute advantage. Nonesense.
Re: We Might Need a Benevolent Dictator to Get Things Right - Festus Keyamo
Superego posted on 07-10-2012, 20:20:01 PM
I don't argue with women. Bible taught me to be wise.

SO be well.

Peace be with you, lady.
Re: We Might Need a Benevolent Dictator to Get Things Right - Festus Keyamo
Kemet posted on 07-10-2012, 20:20:45 PM
SE,

I dey suspect you oh. You sure you be true 9ja. Which one be Ogoni again? The Ogoni, we have in Naija is one of the most marginalized ethnic groups and not your conspiracy "cabal". Anyway, you need a lesson in Nigeria 101, since you take such a keen interest in our affairs.
Re: We Might Need a Benevolent Dictator to Get Things Right - Festus Keyamo
Superego posted on 07-10-2012, 20:34:26 PM
I beg ur pardon.

I have edited it.

I meant Ogboni illuminati

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Re: We Might Need a Benevolent Dictator to Get Things Right - Festus Keyamo
Bode Eluyera posted on 07-10-2012, 21:34:28 PM
WITH ALL RESPECT, BUT A BENEVOLENT DICTATOR IS NOT THE OPTIMAL OPTION FOR NIGERIA TODAY SIR!!!

Mr. Ahaoma Kanu. Thanks for this interview. Most importantly, thanks for bringing to our attention another great Nigerian and a man of integrity, which, undoubtedly, Mr Festus Keyamo is. Keyamo is another phenomenon to be reckoned with in his own rights as far as Nigerian human/civil rights is concerned. If not for people like Femi Falana, Festus Keyamo and a very few others who have been risking their lives to challenge these bandits openly, things would have been much worse in Nigeria. Therefore, I want to use this very rare opportunity to say A VERY BIG THANK YOU AND MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS YOU to Mr. Festus Keyamo. It will be no exaggeration to declare that you, Femi Falana and a very few others are our heroes.

Just about 2 days ago, I watched 2 interviews given by Festus Keyamo's with one of the national channels and I was really impressed. Perhaps, it was after that interview that the idea of appointing Keyamo as the chairman of EFCC occured to me.

Mr. Keyamo, to be honest, I have not really taken my time to read the above interview you gave to Mr. Kanu(I'll definitely do, my opinion is based only on the heading), however, I must say that with all respect to you(you are a great lawyer and very intelligent and experienced man), I have some reservation as regards to a 'benevolent dictator' that you are calling for. I understand your frustration for taking such a desperate position, nevertheless, I really don't think that this is the best option for Nigeria today. Let me try to explain my position sir. First, by publicly making such a declaration, you are 'technically' calling for another coup detat.

Now, my questions are 'who is going to be that 'benevolent dictator?' Can we trust him? Does he have any integrity? Won't he eventually abuse the trust accorded him? How reliable and fair will he be in dealing with the bandits that looted our treasuries? Will he favour his kinsmen? Do you know of anybody who fits that role? These are very important questions which we need to answer these questions otherwise devils in human form like babangida will organize another coup in the name of saving the country. WE MUST NEVER GIVE PEOPLE LIKE BABANGIDA ANY EXCUSE OR REASON TO EVEN THINK OF COMING BACK THROUGH COUP DETAT. Believe me sir, if a coup takes place in Nigeria, it will rubbish all that you have done for decades and you will be compelled to start not even from zero or scratch but minus.

Having a benevolent dictator will sky rocket us back to the time of Abacha. Sorry, but this is the bitter truth. And have you taken into consideration the fact that when we eventually have a benevolent dictator, there will be no need for people like you and Femi Falana again? The benevolent dictator will do everything for you! You know there is a saying in Yoruba language that goes thus: "Ti a ba n sankun ki a ma riran."Since I know that you speak Yoruba very well, I won't bother with the translation.

Your calling for a benevolent dictator quickly remind me of Joseph Stalin of the defunct Soviet Union, Pinochet and others. Sir, have you ever read the biography of Stalin? You need to - if you haven't. Stalin was a classic benevolent dictator (according to some die hard communists) who sent millions of Soviets to their untimely death in the name of building a strong and prosperous country. Stalin murdered more Soviets than Hitler's army cut down during the second world war. Whenever I have the honour to meet you, I will be glad to tell you about Stalin and the Soviet Union. Till today, he is still a controversial figure in the country.

Secondly, in my humble opinion, I am afraid to say that a benevolent dictator just won't work in a divided country like Nigeria where 19 governors gathered together and demanded that power be returned to the North - otherwise there would be hell - 52 yers after the so called independence! As you can bear witness, these people are not interested in Nigeria and/or Nigerians having the best candidate to lead the country. They are only interested in protecting their own selfish interests and stealing other people/region's resources all in the name of building a fake and non existing One Nigeria. Now imagine if the so called benevolent dictator is a Southerner and he goes after these Northern bandits.


Benevolent dictator will not work in a country like Nigeria where Southerners are been slaughtered systematically for more than 100 years in the North - and neither the Federal government, governors, police nor army could come to the aid of these innocent and armless Nigerians. Nigeria is a special case sir. That's why I write in my posts and articles that NIGERIA IS A FAILED STATE, THE BIGGEST BANANA REPUBLIC IN THE WORLD, VERY SICK AND DOOMED COUNTRY ruled since 1960 by CORRUPT, INCOMPETENT, VISIONLESS AND MORALLY BANKRUPT BANDITS IMPOSED ON US BY THE WESTERN COUNTRIES - OUR BEST FRIENDS.

Thirdly, we have already passed the stage of benevolent dictator. We have had benevolent dictators like Mallam Muhammodu Buhari and Nigerians coud still remember the horror and humiliation that they went through. And that benevolent dictator turned out to be a tribalist who only singled out Southerners for punishment. Sorry sir, but I can not trust any benevolent dictator from the North. And when Nigeria eventually had a true benevolent dictator in the person Giedon Orkar who sincerely wanted to fight corruption and salvage the country, we all remember how the story ended. Wasn't he rejected by a certain part of the country? And I don't think that Southern Nigerians in the name of fighting corruption are ready to embrace any benevolent dictator from the North. Once beaten, twice shy!

So, what are the options for us? True democracy and people like you sir! We need to thank God that at least in Nigeria, we can at least criticize openly without the fear that NKVD(Stalin's dreaded police) will come for you and your family in the night. This is where our power is sir. The minimum task before us now is to ensure that neither PDP nor Jonathan Badluck occupies Aso rock come 2015. The mistake most human/civil rights activists made in 1999 was standing aloof and allow the bandits to grab power again. This mistake must not be repeated in 2015! Based on my analysis in my latest series titled "YORUBA ROONU DADA - RE: SALIHU LUKMAN'S OPEN LETTERS TO SEN. BOLA TINUBU, MUHAMMADU BUHARI; EL-RUFAI AND NDIGBOS' 2015 PRESIDENTIAL AGENDA" available at nigeriansinamerica.com, ACN is more than capable of defeating any candidate from PDP in 2015 without any alliance with Buhari. As a matter of fact, an alliance will hurt the chances of ACN (I wrote about that too in the series) What ACN needs in order to win the 2015 presidential elections is a coalition of Nigerians with integrity like Festus Keyamo, Femi Falana, Adams Oshiomole, Sen. Chris Ngige, Babatunde Fashola, Abubakar Dangiwa Umar, Balarabe Musa rallying together under one political umbrella. I am convinced that Sen Chris Ngige and Babatunde Fashola as presidential and Vice presidential candidates respectively are more than capable of defeating any candidate in the 2015 elections. The greatest challenge is not to allow jonathan badluck and the PDP rig the elections or destabilize the country before elections because they are aware of the fact they will loose. The 2015 elections is for the ACN to loose. I just can not imagine/fathom how jonathan badluck and/or the PDP could win the elctions.
Therefore, I expect you, Mr. Femi Falana and all thosementioned above to be holding negotiations with Sen. Bola Tinubu on how to form a coalition(coalition of individuals under ACN and not coalition of parties) that will challenge the PDP and jonathan badluck in 2015.

With the right people in power, we can easyly go after these thieves and bandits using the law as the basis to prosecute them. There are more than enough evidence to jail them and confiscicate their loots. For example, I have no doubts in my mind that you will do a great job as the head of EFCC. You even offered to take up Farouk Lawal's case and prosecute him on pronono basis. This path is much better than having a benevolent dictator. We don pass that stage Sir.

Finally, I want to also use this opportunity to wish you more grease to your elbow and be steadfast in your human/civil rights activities. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING. GOD BLESS!

THERE WAS NEVER ONE NIGERIA!

THERE IS NO ONE NIGERIA NOW!

AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ONE NIGERIA IN THE NEXT 500 YEARS!

TIME HAS PROVED THAT A HAUSA-FULANI MAN CAN NEVER DEFEND THE INTERESTS(RIGHTS, PROPERTIES AND LIVES) OF NDIGBO NEITHER INSIDE NOR OUTSIDE NIGERIA! LET US STOP DECEIVING OURSELVES!


IT DIED COMPLETELY AND FINALLY WHEN CHIEF MOSHOOD ABIOLA, THE WINNER OF THE JUNE 12, 1992 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WAS MURDERED IN PRISON BY NORTHERN MILITARY OFFICERS (WITH THE COLLABORATION AND APPROVAL OF THE AMERICAN, BRITISH AND FRENCH GOVERNMENTS)!

WE ALL NEED OUR OWN PRESIDENTS, MINISTERS, AMBASSADORS, EMBASSIES, POLICE AND ARMY TO DEFEND OUR RIGHTS, PROPERTIES, LIVES AND INTERESTS - NIGERIA IS NOT CAPABLE OF DOING THAT FOR 52 YEARS!!!

LET US SAVE NIGERIANS AND NOT NIGERIA FROM COMPLETE DESTRUCTION BY INCOMPETENT, CORRUPT, VISIONLESS AND MORALLY BANKRUPT OPPORTUNISTS LIKE JONATHAN BADLUCK AND HIS COLLEAGUES BY BREAKING UP NIGERIA!!!


JONATHAN BADLUCK, STELLA ODUA, ALLISON MADUEKE HAVE MURDERED THEM AND KILLED THEIR DREAMS!!!! WHAT A
PITY!!!

My articles including "Oodua Republic:To Be Or Not To Be?", 'One Nigeria': To Be Or Not To Be?' and my latest series 'YORUBA ROONU DADA - RE: SALIHU LUKMAN'S OPEN LETTERS TO SEN. BOLA TINUBU, MUHAMMADU BUHARI; EL-RUFAI AND NDIGBOS' 2015 PRESIDENTIAL AGENDA' are available at nigeriansinamerica.com.

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