Dino Melaye says some of Buhari's appointees have constituted themselves into a criminocracy

KOGI West's Senate representative Senator  Dino Melaye has fired a salvo at President Muhammadu Buhari over several of his appointments claiming that they have done more harm than good to Nigerians as some of them now constitute a criminocracy.


Speaking yesterday at the 2017 Nigeria Democracy Day Lecture organised by the Save Democracy Group Africa in Abuja, Senator Melaye lamented the appointment into government of people without the requisite experience, noting that the development is largely to blame for some of the ills recorded in the first two years of Buhari administration. The lecture, which attracted eminent personalities drawn from politics, academia, civil society organisations and women advocacy groups, focused on the ills bedevilling Nigeria and strategies for tackling them to entrench a culture of patriotism and nationalism.


Senator Melaye said: “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.


"Wrong appointment led to the emergence of the former secretary to the government of the federation, SGF who became a grasscutter. When you appoint a man who has no experience in civil administration as secretary to the government of the federation, he is bound to misbehave.”


According to Senator Melaye, to sustain the nation’s democracy Nigerians need to note that a legitimate clash of interest exists between the legislature and the executive arm and as such, the National Assembly should be allowed the liberty to carry on with its statutory duty without hindrance. He further noted that those calling for the restructuring of the Nigerian state are right.


“There is no where an auditor and the man who runs an organisation are friends. There’s something wrong when the two are seen taking tea together.


"We must discuss and agree to be Nigerians but we have not discussed and we have not agreed. The only way to curtail agitation for secession is for Nigerians to trust their leaders, but for this happen, leaders must lead by examples," Senator Melaye argued.  


He added that generators should only been used at emergency centres like hospitals and mortuaries. Senator Melaye summed up his contribution by advocating for the removal of immunity clause from the nation’s constitution while urging the government to take care of hunger and unemployment to put a stop to agitation for the break-up of the nations by some marginalised ethnic nationalities.