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Nigerians suggest life imprisonment to curb graft

01 September 2015, 16:02

Abuja - The majority of Nigerians have endorsed the ongoing campaign against corruption by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

This is according the results of a poll conducted recently, which suggests 95 percent have shown strong support for the campaign.

‘Life imprisonment’ topped the list of punitive measures recommended for corrupt officials and individuals as suggested by half (50 percent) of the respondents surveyed.

However, some Nigerians believe due process should be taken to convict corrupt individuals and allowed to be ‘punished according to the law’ (34 percent), while steps should be taken to ‘recover monies from corrupt individuals’ (11 percent) amongst other penalties.

NOIPolls, the researchers, said this support of the anti-corruption drive by Nigerians cut across gender, age and geographical divides of the respondents surveyed.

In the same vein, a significant proportion of Nigerians (86 percent) also want the President’s campaign against corruption to be channelled towards the ‘public sector’, most especially the oil and gas sector and the ‘Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC)’ (20 percent) among others.

Furthermore, as part of the procedures for the President’s anti-corruption campaign, some Nigerians (32 percent) suggest the government should invest the recovered funds on ‘job creation’, with the majority of respondents in this category aged between 25–30 years (38 percent).

Also read: Buhari vows to continue anti-graft war

“This comes as no surprise considering the high rate of youth unemployment and underemployment in the country, which currently stands at 26,5 percent for Q2 2015 as provided by the National Bureau of Statistics,” said NOIPolls.

In addition, 20 percent of respondents were of the view that the recovered funds be invested in ‘education’, while 14 percent suggested investments in ‘Agriculture’ amongst other sectors of the economy.
The opinion poll was conducted through telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample.

Some 1 000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.

“With a sample of this size, we can say with 95 percent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise - within a range of plus or minus 3 percent,” NOIPOlls said.

- CAJ News


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