Senator Dino Melaye has described the Buhari-led administration as a government of ‘criminocracy’ which means – a government of the criminals, by the criminals and for the criminals.
At the 2017 Nigeria Democracy Day Lecture organized by the Save Democracy Group Africa (SDG-Africa) in Abuja, the Senator from Kogi State (APC), also described the preceding government led by former President Goodluck Jonathan as one of ‘greedocracy’ which means the government of the greedy, by the greedy and for the greedy.
The lecture was focused on the ills bedevilling the Nigerian state and strategies for tackling them to entrench a culture of patriotism and nationalism.
According to Dino Melaye, the appointment of inexperienced people into government was largely responsible for the bad records in the first two years of Buhari’s administration.
“Democracy is defined as a government of the people, by the people and for the people but what we had in the time of Jonathan was greedocracy, which is the government of the greedy, by the greedy and for the greedy. Today, we have criminocracy-a government of the criminals, by the criminals and for the criminals.
“A wrong appointment led to the emergence of the former (suspended) Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF who became a grass-cutter. When you appoint a man who has no experience in civil administration as SGF, he is bound to misbehave,” the Senator said.
On how to sustain the nation’s democracy, Melaye enjoined Nigerians to understand that a legitimate clash of interest always will come up between the legislature and the executive arm, adding that the National Assembly should be given the liberty to carry on with its statutory duty without hindrance.
“There is nowhere an auditor and the man who runs an organization are friends. There’s something wrong when the two are seen taking tea together. We must discuss and agree to be Nigerians. We have not discussed and we have not agreed.
“Generators should only be used at emergency centres like hospitals and mortuaries so that when there is no light in Karmo (a suburb of Abuja), there will be no light also at the villa,” Melaye said.
The senator called for the removal of immunity clause from the constitution and also urged the government to eradicate poverty in other to make Nigerians trust their leaders and stop the agitation for secession.
Meanwhile, Dino Melaye has denied the allegations that he offered a bribe to a judge, Akon Ikpeme, who handled the petition brought against his election in 2015.
This is following on online media, Sahara Reporters, which had published an audio that appeared to contain exchanges between the lawmaker and the judge as they discussed the bribe money.
In the leaked clip, a male voice believed to be Mr Melaye’s, could be heard assuring a female speaker, alleged to be the judge, of his readiness to pay some money, which the female speaker emphasised should be “U.S dollars”.
But in response to the allegation on Wednesday, Senator Melaye described it as “a blatant falsehood.”
The conversation from the leaked clip also revealed that the female voice relied on the senator to peddle his influence to get her daughter a job placement in Cross River State civil service.
The lawmaker boasted that he had already spoken with the governor, Ben Ayade, and a permanent secretary in the state ministry of health for the job.
However, while denying the voice heard in the audio was his, Dino Melaye said the petition brought by Smart Adeyemi, a former senator, against his election was ultimately dismissed at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, after a similar verdict by the Kogi State National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal headed by Mrs Ikpeme.
“My case (with Mr. Adeyemi) ended in the Court of Appeal. Let them think of another lie. They are obsessed with me and jealous of my progress. (Omoyele) Sowore will go to jail,” Melaye said.
Mr Sowore is the publisher of Sahara Reporters, which recently brought accusations of academic fraud against Dino Melaye, before the current leaked audio scandal.