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Friday, December 1, 2017

Seven Sordid African Leaders

When people get into positions of authority, they are entrusted with mainlining law and order, ensuring justice, equity and peace reigns.

Many a time, these leaders fail to live up to what is expected of them. They use power as if they manufacture it, and most times, leave the people battered.
Below are seven of such leaders, in no particular order.

Canaan Sodindo Banana, born 5th March, 1936 was the first (Ceremonial) President of Zimbabwe from 18 April 1980 till 31 December 1987, with Robert Mugabe acting as Prime Minister.
Despite his instrumentality during the struggle to overthrow the white supremacist regime of Ian Smith, he later, was at the centre of a scandal that was his eventual undoing. A police officer, Jefta Dube, who was the former’s bodyguard during his years as President was standing trial for the murder of a colleague when things went South for Banana who was enjoying retirement. Dube had shot and killed a fellow officer whom he claimed taunted him as “Banana’s wife”.
Revelations followed that the former President actually had sexual relationship with the said policeman while in office.
He testified that in the 1980s, Banana, then President, had seduced him at the State House in Harare, having laced his drink with drugs after dinner one night. When he awoke the following morning Dube said he found himself half-naked covered by a duvet on the carpet.
Standing over him was a smiling head of state who informed him, "We have helped ourselves." There followed, Dube claimed, a coerced homosexual relationship that lasted three years.
This led to more people testifying against the ex-president, including a sports journalist and students of University of Zimbabwe where he was a professor of Theology.
In October 2000 Janet, his wife of 39 years, went to live in London with the couple's daughter. Banana lost his job at the university, and was removed from his work as the Organisation for African Unity's special envoy to crisis-torn Liberia.

Gen Sani Abacha was a Nigerian Army officer and politician who served as the de facto President of Nigeria from 1993 to 1998.
He died, in office, on June 8, 1998 after nearly five years in office. He held power tyrannically, and was authoritarian and most times, employed brute force in administering the country.
Abacha was most notorious for his secret and corrupt deals that plundered billions of dollars from Nigeria.
Abacha and his co took kickbacks from foreign companies for licenses to search for oil in the basin and delta of the Niger River and offshore. They got bribes from construction firms that won contracts to build drilling rigs and pipelines.
He imprisoned key political figures, among them Obasanjo. He equally oversaw the hanging of Ken Saro Wiwa and some other Ogoni men for asking for what was theirs.

Enos Mozombi Nkala served on the ZANU high command, or Dare reChimurenga as Treasurer (dura remusangano) during the Rhodesian Bush War.
During his term as the Defence Minister, he got embroiled in the notorious Gukurahundi pogrom against the Northern Ndebele people, although he issued a number of conflicting statements on the nature of his involvement.
Later he was said to have regretted his role in the Gukurahundi and that he would never do it again.
He described his involvement as "eternal hell" and publicly blamed Mugabe for ordering it.
In February 1998, while speaking at a meeting, Nkala denied being involved in the aforementioned.
Allegedly, he was said to have had an affair with Sally Mugabe.
He denied allegations of human rights abuse after the 2006 general election.

Chief James Onanefe Ibori who was born 4 August 1959 is a Nigerian politician; a force to reckon with in the game. He was the Governor of Delta State between 1999 and 2007.
In 2007, a UK court froze assets allegedly belonging to him worth $35m after he failed to justify buying the property with his annual salary as Delta State governor of less than $25,000.
During the court proceedings that ensued, it was revealed that Ibori was once a 'petty thief' at Wickes, a DIY Store.
Ibori was in April 2012, sentenced to 13 years after pleading guilty to 10 offenses of money laundering. He was also found guilty of obtaining money by deception and fraud.
Although he admitted to embezzling $79m, it is believed that he fraudulently obtained funds around $250m (€157m). During the time of the trial, Ibori had six properties in London and a €3m mansion in South Africa.
Earlier in 2010, his accomplices had received jail terms. They included his wife Theresa Ibori, mistress Udoamaka Okoronkwo and London based lawyer, Bhadresh Gohil.

Sambo Dasuki is a retired Colonel of the Nigeria Army and former National Security Adviser (NSA) to the President of Nigeria during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
As a Major in the Nigeria Army, Dasuki participated in two coup d'etat. First, it was the coup of 1983 which brought in Muhammadu Buhari as Head of State and secondly, the coup of 1985 that showed Buhari the door.
In what could be termed the 'Genesis of Dasukigate', Colonel Dasuki was arrested by the State Security Service (SSS) of Nigeria on 1st December, 2015 for allegedly stealing $2bn and also for giving out phantom contracts for the purchase of 12 helicopters, four fighter jets and ammunition for the Military of Nigeria.
Dasuki's arrest was sequel to the arrest of Shaibu Salisu (former Director of Finance of NSA) while investigating the diversion of funds meant for the procurement of Arms for the military.
Salish confessed to have transferred funds to a good number of beneficiaries on the directive of the NSA.
On being investigated, Dasuki implicated notable Nigerians, among whom are Attahiru Bafarawa (former Governor of Sokoto State) and Bashir Yuguda (Minister of State for Finance).
On his part, Yuguda revealed that Peter Odili, Jim Nwobo and Bode George received parts of the funds from him.

In March 2010, Nigerians and rights activists awoke to an unsavory tale making rounds that a serving senator of Nigeria got married to a 13 year old Egyptian girl.
The marriage which saw the senator doling out of the sum of N15m ($100, 000) as bride price, was held at the National Mosque, Abuja.
To make this marriage possible, the former governor who already had four wives then (as maximum allowed in Islam) divorced one of the wives.
The 60 year old could not hold the marriage in Egypt because the Egyptian authority could not allow such a marriage because the girl was considered a minor.
To show their approval of the randy man's act, the Emir of Bakura; Senator Kabiru Gaya and Zamfara State Deputy Governor attended the marriage.

Under the guise and pretence of Biometric Verification, Abdulrasheed Maina plundered pension funds meant to pay hapless pensioners.
In connivance with banks and family members, Maina was able to convert N2.7bn to personal use.
He then shared another N14.374bn with his cohorts in MDAs (Ministries, Departments and Agencies).
In November 2015, he was declared wanted by the EFCC and subsequently, reported to the International Police (Interpol).
He was wanted for questioning concerning multiple fraudulent biometric contracts which culminated in the mismanagement of over N2bn of pension funds.
Revelations showed that Maina paid N2m for the house at 10 Amisi Musa Street, Jabi Lake, Abuja.
Using secret accounts in new generation banks, he siphoned pension funds - the proverbial dog that ate the bone around its neck.