I am very disappointed that Wole Olanipekun equated apples with oranges. Whatever Bush did amiss was a matter of government policy that went wrong. Governments come and go with their policies and the consequences thereof.
Like Obama, Buhari has said very little about policy differences with his predecessor in office. Rather, Buhari has justifiably said a lot about the brazen looting that took place under the watch of his predecessor. Bad or good, the American public knew about the policy of George Bush. By contrast, how many people, even within high echelon of the PDP, knew that such reckless looting of the national treasury was going on by the custodians of public trust?
Olanipekun should tell us how many people in the corridor of power under George Bush carted away billions of public funds in the profligate manner that took place under GEJ.
Despite the humongous four trillion dollar budget of the United States Federal Government, the truth is that up to 80% of that budget are on “cruise control”. That is they are relatively fixed and beyond the internecine bickering of partisan politics. In effect, Presidential elections in the USA are about what to do with about 20% of the Federal budget. Furthermore, the organized private sector is so huge in ultra-capitalist USA that society does not routinely convulse because of Government misdeeds. By contrast, the Federal Government in Nigeria is intrusively omnipresent and ineffectually omnipotent if that oxymoron can be pardoned. When any Federal Government coughs in Nigeria, the citizens suffer stroke and heart attack.
Process matters. In a democracy, the end does not justify the means. Indeed, when the means is corrupted, the end becomes utterly soiled as well. Unfortunately, far too often and for too long, wayward legal acrobatics have ensnared justice in Nigeria. Jesus spoke about how difficult it is for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. Of course, Jesus was not a Nigerian. In our country, a pregnant camel carrying a hippopotamus, routinely and very easily passes though the needle’s eye. The aftermath is a republic at a crossroad that requires drastic measures. In respecting process, we must not elevate it to an end in itself.
Certainly, Olanipekun is a most brilliant lawyer. I want him on my side any day. He has been most helpful in numerous battles against a regime whose survivalist instincts denigrated governance into do-or-die kleptocracy. Even so, now that the reprobate masquerades are being defrocked, Olanipekun ought not to be seen among those attempting to use law to prevent alleged criminals from being arrested.