When other regions were busy with other issues such as states creation, state police and so on, in its proposal for constitution amendment which was submitted to the National Assembly, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, a northern socio-political group recommended capital punishment on anybody found guilty of corruption irrespective of his/her status. Yes, outright death sentence.
To me, it was indeed cheering news. It showed that the people of northern Nigeria like other well meaning compatriots are disappointed with the way some people are diverting public funds to private use. Ever since this call, some eminent Nigerians especially lawyers have come out to oppose the call for capital punishment for corruption. Why? I think that Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and Femi Falana (SAN) will answer the question better. In their separate calls, they declared that killing corrupt officials would neither stop nor reduce corruption of any forms in the society.
To a very reasonable extent, I support the ACF on this because if there is any offence or crime in the country that deserves death penalty, it is definitely CORRUPTION. In fact, I find it laughable to hear some critics claim that capital punishment for corruption is barbaric and unethical. They forget that corruption especially as practised in Nigeria is unethical, inhuman and barbaric before God Almighty and man. Killing them won’t amount to extremism because most of them are killers one way or the other. Many Nigerians have died of hunger, bad road, unemployment all because of corruption.
We just have to imagine what terrible effects this looting of public treasuries has had on the country and the masses. I feel sorry for the millions of pensioners whose sacrifices and sweats were in vain, while those involved in pension scam are still flying freely in their private jets. Today, many pensioners have been killed by corruption as thousands are being sent to their early graves for diligently serving their fatherland.
For sure, the recent scam uncovered in pension fund administration in the country is an eye opener to the real reason behind the numerous heart failures for the thousands who have died on pension queues in the scorching sun and leaky roofs waiting in vain for the fruits of their long years of labour and service.
Tell me, who killed them? What would happen to the numerous dependants of theirs? A country where the aged and elderly are neither catered for nor paid for their diligent services to their fatherland. Who still thinks that corrupt officials should not be subjected to capital punishment? Can anyone even the Federal Road Service Corps (FRSC) give us the exact figure of daily deaths recorded on our roads as a result of bad roads? These roads are in poor condition not because of lack of resources to maintain them but for the corruption exhibited by government officials and their so called private contractors who intentionally leave them in that state so that they will attract massive budgetary allocations yearly. Legalizing illegalities indeed!
Our system is one of the very few that encourage corruption in the world today. In our present day Nigeria, fair is foul and foul is fair. I support the ACF on this particular issue. The Nigeria state would successfully deprive the few enemies of this country of tax payers’ money if she takes the bull by the horn by proclaiming capital punishment for corrupt officials with such appropriate laws and properly thought out conditions and clauses. If it could work out in China, why not Nigeria? Why death sentence for robbery, terrorism, murder and not for corruption? Hasn’t it done more harm to our society than robbery or murder? Those that are opposed to capital punishment are indirectly asking for a bloody revolution, which would have a far reaching implication to the nation and its people. Rampant corruption (as being witnessed in Nigeria of today) is an invitation to a bloody revolution. The Chinese have travelled through both roads, and if you ask them for a better option, they would gladly tell you that: It is better to have Capital Punishment than to experience a Bloody Revolution!
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