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Opinion: There Should Be No Escape For Looters & Corrupt Nigerian Politicians

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November 18, 2016 – There Should Be No Escape For Looters & Corrupt Nigerian Politicians No Matter The Political Party Affiliation 

An Opinion article by popular commentator Endure

The Nigerian corrupt politicians are now employing newfangled tricks,stratagem and subterfuge to evade justice and truncate trial under the close watch of the current administration. Many among the politicians whose corruption are well-rooted and evident are now seeing the APC party as a safe haven to escape prosecution or to have their trials stalled.

Orji Uzor Kanu former chieftain of PDP party who was accused by the EFCC of diverting state funds totaling N5.6 billion during his tenure as a former governor of Abia state has now decamped to APC party. During his visit and the meeting he held with members of the APC party, this suspected corrupt criminal made a lot of lengthy promises to deliver the entire south-east of the country to APC party.

One would therefore be forced to ask that, does it now mean joining APC party is a criteria to dropping any charges leveled against any corrupt politician in the country who belong to other parties? Or could it also mean that APC party has now become a sanctuary to the politically corrupt asylum seekers whose many of their charges and trials have been tactically delayed in the court without any success of their prosecution? Obviously their are many questions begging for answer.

Many corrupt government officers who formerly held public offices have carted away massive funds meant for rebuilding the nation’s frail economy and it chattered infrastructures only for them to return token part of the humongous funds they’ve embezzled after they were apprehended and were meant to face trials. But more often than not, those trials are often stalled in the long run. Many of the cases or criminal charges filed against them have either being buried or held out of the public view.

Nigerians have mostly seen trials of our looters on the various media outlets in the country which has made many living in both home and abroad wondered if the current anti corruption war by Buhari-led government will ever achieve any meaningful or praiseworthy objective.

While every Nigerians retain the freedom and the right to join any party at anytime, it is however noteworthy that those whose money laundry acts have been brought to light should be meant to stand trial and be prosecuted as their act of endemic corrupt practices have resulted too many abominable exercises such as kidnappings,rituals, and other serious crime as a result lack of employment or loss of job among others.

Many hungry Nigerians both young and old have been forced to engage in theft in the public places and some who were caught in the act have being brutally murdered on the metropolitan roads and other places in the country due to deep economic crisis and lack of essential means of sustenance to survive . Many of the missing billions of naira are still held up in the hands of few corrupt public officers while more than 180 million Nigerians are wallowing in abject poverty with no way out.

If this wicked men are not brought to justice or are set free after all criminal charges leveled against them by the “Economic And Financial Crime Commission” EFCC cannot be defended by them and are still allowed to decamp to the ruling party, then Nigerians will be forced to conclude that APC-led government is harboring,sheltering and providing refuge and encouraging more and more criminal politicians to continue to siphon public funds meant for the development of the country and it citizens.

The government must therefore take drastic measure against those found guilty of corruption irrespective of their party affiliation and their decampment into the ruling party.

1peter 4:17 says “judgement will start from God’s house”. The current administration should adopt such policy and sanitize some of it own party members accused of massive corruption as well as other decamping party members into APC party.

There should be seriousness and impartiality in the ongoing anti graft war if we are to witness a sharp drop or total disappearance of money laundering act in the country.



  1. sola olaniyi

    November 18, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    @Endure,God bless you for this lovely article

  2. Jilo

    November 18, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Endure, you are absolute right about this article even though I disagree with you sometimes based on how we view things differently but you are not far from the truth. You have highlighted all these problems but how do we change the situation. Who is going to bell the cat?.

    Nigeria problem has reached a peak that, I don’t there is easy way to escape route unless if our youths are ready to engage in this fighting and rescue this Nation from the jaw of most powerful corrupt cartels. Our youths are so fearful of these people to the extent that they afraid of questioning these people how they are mortgaging their life through their endemic corruption. Nigerian youths can burn a 7 year old boy for stealing a cup of Gaari but continue to salute, hail and protect Kalu because of the peanut he will give them.

    Nigerian youths will fight tooth and nail to protect people like Kanu from EFCC so that he wouldn’t be standing trial for embezzling state money. All these actions are emboldening the corrupt politicians for stealing more. I have heard some Nigerians youths supporting a corrupt politicians that it is okay! It is his own time, he is from our state, let him chop the money forgetting that the same guy is the reason why they are wallowing in abject poverty. This guy has ruin their future unknowingly.

    Now, tell me who do you think suppose to front this war against corruption? Some reasonable youths from other Countries would have gone to these people house, vandalize them remove all valuable things and leave a note that the day you come back to this house will be your last day on earth.

    If these corrupt people can be scared and aware that there is no where to hide the stolen money, they will stop stealing and there will be a significant drop in corruption but if we continue to protect them and vent our anger on petty cell phone thieves, we should be prepare for the worst.

  3. Rotimi

    November 18, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    Thank you sir for your intelligent article. @jilo you are also correct. Nigerians are fearful people who always prefer to be cheated by their corrupt leaders and that is the major reason why they will never experience development anytime soon. One inspector of mobile police said they are waiting for the citizens to spark an uprising against our corrupt leaders in the country before they can come in. But no one is willing to move the motion against our corrupt leaders! America revolt against the then great Britain before they were set free and given independent by same britain and eventually they became the most powerful country in the world. So why can we rise up against our killers in this country? Having observed the endemic corruption in africa,Donald Trump concluded by saying african continent at large need to be recolonized for another 100 years. Is that not a shame to our leaders to be spoken against in such away because of their corruption? So until we rise up against this criminal politician,we will continue to remain poor all the more. Thanks @Endure.

  4. Akim

    November 18, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    The fact is that Buhari need to be careful with those who are decamping to his ruling party. This are former corrupt politicians who will only end up ruining his administration and taint the good image APC party have brought ever since its formation in Nigeria. Their really should not be any room for corruption in APC party as that could significantly affect the upcoming presidential election in 2019. Apart from making attempt of hiding themselves in the ruling party,Some former PDP party member may even have the mission to only come and dissect and cause confusion in the ruling party. So Buhari has to be aware of this danger. He has to be conscious of the thought of many nigerians and the interpretation they may have over those corrupt politicians trying to dodge trial.

  5. Susan T

    November 18, 2016 at 8:11 PM

    Nice article. I personally believe nigerians are watching what this administration is up to when it comes to their corruption they claim they are fighting. Let’s see how it unfold.

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