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Nigeria and the way forward (5) “People Must Go To Prison. No Ifs, no Buts” – Tola Adenle

May 2, 2015

Nigeria

“I did not queue for hours on March 28th to vote for people to get ‘soft landing’. President Buhari, be guided – People Must Go To Prison. No Ifs, no Buts.” – Agùntáṣǫólò (aguntasolo.com)

Since the presidential elections went along as I, like millions of Nigerians desired, I think I’ve taken whatever I perceive as deviations that may derail whatever lofty goals Nigeria’s President-Elect might have set for himself personally, especially in the area of fighting corruption because of the length of time I’ve waited to see the stars align for the retired General and, hopefully, finally align for Nigeria. Pardon my being the one saying so, I was a convert to seeing him – warts and all – lead Nigeria, perhaps longer than most of those even within his closest political new home.

The very first essay on this blog was one of two by me on the first day this blog put up its shingle, March 30, 2011 as many familiar with it know, and it opened with the following excerpt:

God willing, I will cast my presidential vote for retd. General Buhari and that is more than a personal quantum leap.

As recently as before the 2007 (s)elections sealed whatever shot retd. General Obasanjo (rGO) might have had at statesman-hood, I had wondered aloud in my restted weekly essays for this paper why General Buhari would not let Nigerians know what his feelings about democracy and religion were.

Indeed, quite a few more essays followed the subject through April after the elections when the press pilloried him for crying after he “lost” the elections.

Thankfully, the matter of barring/banning AIT from coverage of Buhari on ground of “security of his family” was quickly resolved but as soon as I learnt about it, I wondered aloud at what was a definite anti-democratic move, a decision I stood firmly by despite contrary comments by a long-time and avid supporter of my blog.

It’s also nice, though still troubling, that Buhari has made it known that the decision did not come from him but from his “overzealous aides.”

Another warning followed in quick succession.

Far away in the studios of the BBC in London,  Dr. Kayode Fayemi, a former state governor struck what was another troubling gong when, in explaining the new government’s thrust on fighting corruption to Ms. Badawi on Hardtalk, used the following phrases:
Fighting “corruption by incentives”; “returning the funds itself is a sort of justice” in allaying Ms. Badawi’s fears who had wondered aloud at what kind of justice would exclude prosecution in reference to the NNPC’s looted $20 billion. As the chief strategist to Buhari’s Campaign Organization, Fayemi definitely is credible as he must be on the inside track of what the President-Elect intends to do by disclosing that “the incoming government is open to the idea of offering amnesty to corrupt officials in exchange for them returning the looted funds.”

I concur fully with the sentiments expressed by the beautiful-named Agùntáṣǫólò.com, definitely an a.k.a. that has been picked up by a man whose blogging reflects someone who, like his nom de plumeA gùn t’aṣọ ọ lò – shows courage in his writings.
“I did not queue for hours on March 28th to vote for people to get ‘soft landing’. President Buhari, be guided – People Must Go To Prison. No Ifs, no Buts.”

Nigeria has to move away from the anything-goes situation we have right now if corruption must become a thing of the past because without repercussions that would serve as deterrents – obverse of the “incentives” being touted, a corruption fight would not succeed. It is the absence of ‘punishment’ following corruption ‘crimes’ that breeds the present situation of EFCC-returnee governors, et cetera AND people with past known fraudulent deals running for offices again after having made restitution as “a sort of justice.”

“People must go to Prison. No Ifs, no Buts”.

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015.

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6 Comments on “Nigeria and the way forward (5) “People Must Go To Prison. No Ifs, no Buts” – Tola Adenle”

  1. adejokeiyabadan Says:

    Reblogged this on Adejokeiyabadan's Blog and commented:
    Nigeria has to move away from the anything-goes situation we have right now if corruption must become a thing of the past because without repercussions that would serve as deterrents – obverse of the “incentives” being touted, a corruption fight would not succeed.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Iya Ibadan,

      Nice to have your thoughts on this important subject and by re-blogging this on your blog. I borrowed the title from another blog, aguntasolo.com whose breakdown of the NNPC looting can be found as THe GOAT, THE YAM … Parts 1 and 2 right on the first page of this blog. If you haven’t had the time to wade through the actual report, THAT is where to check it out.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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  2. Naijamum Says:

    Well, thank God we have a Judicial system that’s been in operation before the new government to be led by Buhari from May 29th 2015, so if anybody is tried and found to be guilty, why not? At least we all agree that stealing is indeed corruption and corruption is stealing.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      DeAr Naija Mom,

      Thanks very much for this.

      I’m sure, like you, like the majority of Nigerians who are in millions, and like me, I do not see what should stand in the way of looters spending heavy time in jail because goat thieves get jail time and more, AND the voices and wishes of the majority should be respected.

      Sincere regards,
      TOLA.

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      • Ronke Okusanya Says:

        My dear Tola,

        The views of Aguntasolo cannot be swept aside. Many people who know my political leaning have expressed the same opinion to me. President Buhari himself knows what he should do regardless of subtle lobbies for “soft landing”.

        Buhari cannot afford to disappoint Nigerians nor waste the people’s expectations on him.

        Thank you, Awe.
        Ronke.

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      • emotan77 Says:

        My dear Ronke,

        Howdy? Thanks for this.

        Quite right. I found Aguntasolo’s work on the looted oil funds not only admirable but very courageous. I’m sure Buhari knows which advice/ideas he should adopt and which should be ignored. “Soft landings” should be taken as aiding and abetting corruption.

        Greetings, Awe.
        TOLA.

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