Certain highly placed members of the President’s cabinet have been “accused” of corruption and the entire episode has generated several reactions from different quarters (as well as Pheek quarter). I am personally disturbed by the recent developments and vibes from the Presidency.
Legally, an allegation is only an allegation, and the individuals are presumed innocent until proven otherwise. However, for APC, a party that took power on the mantra of change, using Anti-Corruption as its main campaign tool, these are far more than mere allegations, as it bothers on its integrity and by extension that of the President. While many people are convinced about the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari, what got many people worried is the way and manner in which these individuals were speedily investigated and given clean bills of health.
In as much as there may be political undertone in the corruption allegations, it is not enough for the President to be convinced of the innocence of his team, the process of the investigation should have been made public and transparent enough for all Nigerians to see and be convinced, just as it was in the cases of the Judges and the Senate leadership. This is very important because justice should not only be done but must be “seen” to have been done.
For a party fighting multiple battles on all fronts; the economy, insurgency in the North-East as well and militancy in the South-South and secession threat from the South-East, APC should realise that the only goodwill left for it as a party is the integrity of the President. Integrity, however, is only a function of perception. With some Nigerians already perceiving bias in the Anti-Corruption war, this public perception, if not properly managed could make affect the Anti-Corruption stance and credibility of the Administration.
The APC Administration needs to recognise the importance of managing public perception through Effective Communication. Change is useless without proper Change Management strategy. Change Management is the people side of Change and it is achieved through Effective Stakeholders Management using Strategic Communication.
A word they say is enough for the wise.
God bless Nigeria!