The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has for years been prosecuting some former governors who no longer enjoy immunity under the Constitution. However, not one conviction and sentencing has been secured till date. Some people believe that if just one of these ex-governors is successfully prosecuted and jailed, then it would serve as a huge deterrent to looters and potential corrupt public officials. Do you agree with this assertion or corruption can never end in Nigeria?
* How can corruption ever end when perpetrators are walking free and still throwing about their stupendous wealth which they have stashed away at our faces? The assertion is right – corruption will continue in Nigeria unless at least one person goes to jail and the family, the children and all connected to them put their head down in shame forever. Until this is done we are wasting our time and energy over the corruption issue.
– Prof. Kate Nwufo, mni, Abuja
* Anybody who served the nation in any capacity and we discover that they enriched themselves with tax-payers money should face prosecution.
– Mrs. Ijeoma Nnorom, Lagos State
* Conviction and sentencing can never serve as deterrent. Corruption has eaten deep into this country. I believe the present move is better: arrest them, conduct serious investigation on their asset and collect everything including those assets traceable to their allies and families.
– Mr. Tokunbo Fatai, Lagos State
* Yes, I believe that arrest, prosecution and jailing of corrupt ex-governor (even one or two) will go a long way in curbing corruption among the elected political leaders and Nigerians in general.
– Mr. Ojogbede Kriskenny, Abuja
* Yes, it very much can and will. Culprits or corrupt looters are toying with such crimes because there are no grave consequences. Jailing an ex-governor or such highly-placed corrupt public servants or leader as such will deter intending looters. Jail them to rescue the hapless masses. After all, the law naturally calls a spade a spade when a poor man errs, sometimes very harshly. We must all be equal before the law ab initio in Nigeria.
– Ms. Saiki Ometere Tina, Gboko, Benue State
* Nigerians are die-hards and have a way with the system. Just investigate, arrest and recover every ‘secret and open’ loot, no matter how long it takes. That way, all will know a good name is better than stolen wealth.
– Miss Nkeiruka Abanna, Lagos
* Jailing an ex-governor would surely help curb corruption in Nigeria but that should be after the looted money has been recovered. Indeed Nigerians fear what would tarnish their image but our law and the implementers are weak and that is why everyone does what he or she wants.
– Hon. Babale Maiungwa, U/Romi, Kaduna
* Any delay in corruption trials is simply artificial. Convictions have been secured before under the last administration with the Pension thieves. Trials and convictions were secured quickly and small fines paid. It is a pipe dream for us to think our criminal justice system and our judiciary can recover the loot, ensure speedy trials and the jail terms that we all desire to see. For those of us who don’t want plea bargain deals, we have the pension thieves’ conviction as an alternative model.
– Mr. Buga Dunj, Jos, Plateau State
* Prosecuting and jailing corrupt ex-governors will not have a sufficient deterrent effect in the fight against corruption in the country. Nigerians like taking risks, by devising ingenious means of beating the law. The best approach to reducing corruption in the country to the barest minimum, is to make corruption unattractive to the populace right from the childhood or teenage level. Hence, as people grow up they grow up with the ingrained virtue of seeing corruption as something evil, which should not be tolerated in a decent society.
– Mr. Neville Kikpoye-Jonathan, President, Abua National Associates, Amalem-Abua, Rivers State
* Exactly, there is no doubt about it. No wonder Obasanjo said the EFCC is a toothless dog that barks but cannot bite.
– Mr. Odun Ayo, Lagos
* Because of the immunity clause and the knowledge that they can’t be tried while in office, corrupt Governors want to cover their tracks while serving. The point is if EFCC have the guts to try corrupt ex-Governors not to talk of jailing them. If it is true that 10 per cent of all contracts awarded by Governors while in office go back to them then you wonder why a Governor needs to be corrupt. As for corruption ending in Nigeria, I think it is a pipe dream. Because of greed and poverty in the country the best we can achieve is to reduce the rate, but to end it, no way.
– Mr. Ologun Freeman, Fed. Ministry of Environment, Mabushi, Abuja
* Jailing an ex-governor for contravening the law is plausible to deter others. Allowing for sacred public office holders will lead to overwhelming lawlessness and a failed state. We must start to right all our wrongs now without fear or favour. Apply justice. God bless Nigeria.
– Mr. Apeji Onesi, Lagos
* The Nigerian leadership problem started with moral behaviour in which God is the only cure, not bias and prejudiced judgment of jailing.
– Mr. Sunday Elijah, Erijiyan Ekiti, Ekiti State
* Certainly, jailing a corrupt individual (vis a vis an ex Governor) serves to deprive him of his freedom to freely interact in society by withdrawing his presence. This will further serve to disrupt his corrupt activity. However, the most important action should be blocking all avenues/systems that allow or fuel corruption rather than filling our jails with the corrupt. It is because corruption is still prevalent that not one conviction and sentencing of an ex governor has been secured till date. Jailing will curb corruption but it is hardly enough.
– Mr. Dandy Ama, Christ the Redeemer Secondary School, Gbagada, Lagos State
* In my humble submission, I believe that sending an Ex-Governor or any other corrupt official will reduce the level of corruption in the country.
– Mr. Ayodeji Akinnikawe, Eti-osa LGA, Lagos State
* Precisely because of the impression that sacred cows abound in the anti-corruption struggle, convicting and jailing ex-governors should give ‘oomph’ to the fight! However, let us see truly guilty governors go to jail, not victimised politicians. Justice should be fair please.
– Mr. Ekwenjo Iheanyi Chukwudi, B.A.R., Trademore Estate, Apo, Abuja
* The truth of the matter is that not only ex-governors should go to jail for stealing the commonwealth of the people, but all those who served in the three tiers of government, agencies and parastatals and looted the treasury. Nigerians should support President Muhammadu Buhari over our commonwealth recovery from never-do-well leaders for infrastructural development and sundry options.
– Mr. Gordon Chika Nnorom, Public Commentator, Umukabia, Abia State
* No, jailing has never curbed corruption anywhere on earth not even capital punishment or wars. Like robbery, as more are being killed, many more notorious ones are being born. We must not ridicule our nascent democracy by allowing deadly vengeance from rebels, their relatives and accomplices e.t.c. Ban them from future elections.
– Miss Apeji Patience Eneyeme, Badagry, Lagos State
* Jailing an ex-governor would be a nice way to establish the impact of the corruption war spear-headed by the Buhari administration in Nigeria. The same dragnet should be extended to ex-generals, ex-senators, and the biggest sacred cows, ex-presidents.
– Mr. Olumuyiwa Olorunsomo, Lagos
Yes, it can: 9
No, it cannot: 4
Radical tip: Get the loot first!
Total no of respondents: 19
Highest location: Lagos (9)
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There is divided opinion on the impact of the crash in the international prices of crude oil. While some analysts believe Nigeria is paying the price for sole dependence on a mono product and corrupt profligacy in utilising the proceeds of good years, others believe the slump will force Nigeria to diversify and expand her economic base and thus improve her revenue with greater empowerment of citizens. To you, is the crash in oil prices a blessing in disguise or curse for Nigeria?
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