48 Laws of Power…Law 8: Make Other People Come To You – Use Bait If Necessary.
Law 8: When you fight corruption, you have to know the type and magnitude of animal you are dealing with, because corruption more often than not, fights back and in greater magnitude for that matter. The facts of Farouk Lawan’s case is a classic study in understanding the principles of corruption especially as it relate to Nigeria.
In a country known for people worship, adulation came the way of Mr. Farouk also known as ‘Mr.Intergrity’ like waves on the sea shore.
‘Mr.Intergity’, was a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) member. Lawan was elected in 1999,2003,2007 and again in 2011, making it 4 times elected. Lawan was the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance under former Speaker Aminu Bello Masari. He identifies his legislative interests as “Appropriation, Information and Education”.
During the late-2007 corruption scandal that caused former Speaker of the House Patricia Etteh to resign, Lawan led the Integrity Group, an alliance of Representatives opposed to Etteh.
In January 2012, Lawan chaired the House of Representatives committee that investigated the Nigerian government’s fuel subsidies. The committee was set up in the wake of nationwide strikes in Nigeria after President Goodluck Jonathan removed a fuel subsidy that resulted in the doubling in the price of fuel. The Committee’s report released in April the same year revealed a huge scam in which Nigerian fuel companies were being paid hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies by the government for fuel that was never delivered. It was estimated the scam cost the country $6.8 million.
In February 2013, Lawan was charged with corruption after he allegedly accepted $500,000 from Femi Otedola, a Nigerian billionaire oil tycoon, as part of a $3 million bribe Lawan had solicited from Otedola. Otedola claimed that Lawan demanded the bribe in order to have his company, Zenon, removed from the list of companies that the committee had implicated in the scandal. The initial fuel subsidy report said that Zenon owed more than $1 million to the government, but legislators later voted to remove the firm from the final report. Lawan said that he accepted the money in order to expose blackmail and informed the committee and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) about it.
Law 8: When you force the other person to act, you are the one in control. It is always better to make your opponent come to you, abandoning his own plans in the process. Lure him with fabulous gains – then attack. You hold the cards.