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Wole Soyinka Recommends Jail Term For Corrupt Politicians

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July 15, 2016 – Wole Soyinka Wants Corrupt Nigerian Politicians Jailed

Professor Wole Soyinka has recommended jail term for Nigerian politicians and public officers found enriching themselves.

In a brief chat with reporters in Abeokuta yesterday shortly after an event organized to mark his 82nd birthday, the Nobel Laureate said the fight against graft is a battle for all Nigerians.

Prof Soyinka made this remark as a call against the backdrop of the ongoing anti corruption campaign of President Buhari.



  1. fifelomo

    July 15, 2016 at 4:03 AM

    That’s a good one.

  2. Amanda

    July 15, 2016 at 4:07 AM

    Honetly, it should not even be a matter of “recommendation”. It is the LAW.

    Nigerian politician are hypocrites. They implement law on the poor but “immunitise” themselves. How could God have mercy on such Nation.

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  3. D Hunter

    July 15, 2016 at 4:49 AM

    Of course Prof. Your on point again… It should be with at least 50yrs upward with hard labour and no option of fine.

    I take a stroll…

  4. Metu Nyetu

    July 15, 2016 at 6:20 AM

    @Amanda, you are very 10/10. WS is not telling us a new thing because this has been the idea all along. But greater corruption always see that corruption is not punished. Even today that we sing Change like a holy, celestial hymn, greater corruption is still at work, making sure that it is only a selected few that are prosecuted.

    Nigeria, we hail thee!

  5. betty

    July 15, 2016 at 6:25 AM

    if a lay man can be sentence to jail for stealing a laptop what happens to our politician who embezzle money arm deal.

  6. sola olaniyi

    July 15, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    It should be life imprisonment

  7. Truce

    July 15, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Pa soyinka we all wish d same, but in dis country were corruption is at its full swing I don’t know how that can work.
    The only way is if a law can be passed that anyone caught will be executed immediately, without an overturn.
    China was one of d most corrupt countries we had then, but when they started killing anyone that is caught stealing inregardless of ur status, the country is now one of d safest places u can now go and transact business.
    Can that be done in Nigeria, only by God intervention, nothing is impossible.

  8. Endure

    July 15, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    Nigeria continue to be behind other nations because of failure to create and enforce the law regarding the fate of corrupt officials found in stolen the country’s money. China get to where they are today as the second super power and largest economy in the world because of there effort in combating corruption. Many corrupt officials found with state fund have been publicly executed. There bloods have being spilled over the past decades. Iran also do the same. And this has sharply end theft among high profile figures in the Government in those countries. The question is,why is it that our law makers are not implementing that law? Our anti graft agencies have indeed become a laughing stock in the way they have dealt with corrupt officials recently. They need to strengthen their laws and don’t have mercy on corrupt officials caught in that evil act no matter the comments from nigerian disapproving it. It is only by then,they will get to where the rest developed world are today.

  9. Adeniji Adekola

    July 15, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    God bless you prof

  10. Luckynero

    July 15, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Minimum of 20years will be satisfactory”””””””

  11. Jilo

    July 15, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    One of the Naval Chiefs stole #24 Billion. He never showed any remorse for his action, he was swaggering, walking around undisturbed. This guy told the anti corruption agency that he will return #2.6 Billion indicating that at least you guys can leave me alone. Out of #24 billion he wanted to return 2.6 and still keep 95% of the money. Does that needs to be negotiated at all? These corrupt officials were so bold, they believe they were above the law that nobody can hold them responsible for their misdeeds. One thing I’m sure of is, if this guy knew he was going to be executed, he will be begging to return all the loot to safe his life. Until we incorporate capital punishment into our constitution, these corrupt people will continue to steal with impunity.

  12. Amanda

    July 15, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    See Hypocrisy Everywhere!

    #Mr. Hunter

    See how badly Nigerians want CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. Isn’t the same thing being done in most part of Islamic countries like Malaysia, Saudi, Iran etc? Yet you criticize them and called them as “barbaric”. But those Islamic countries who dont do such like UAE where Nigerians want to do prostitut!on, you hail them advanced countries.

    *********If another incident occurs in Saudi or Iran just now where ‘banker’ is beheaded for looting, you will screaming “barbarism”, Islamic barbarism”, “backward nation”. But here you want death sentence, life imprisonment, over 50 years for looting and fraud.

    Chai, you better wake up to reality and face front.

  13. Endure

    July 15, 2016 at 9:51 PM

    Amanda try to understand our point here. Many year-jail term or death penalty suggested above are only for our corrupt officials who are guilty with stealing state fund. It has helped developed those countries with such strict law like iran,china an cho. We are actually pin pointing the good way they are responding and fighting corrupt officials involving themselves in money laundry and not the other human right violations they are also known to have. for instance Despite the good record iran have in dealing squarely with corrupt officials,the European union,Israel,saudi and the US label them as terrorist country. So we are only isolating that good method those country have of punishing the corrupt leaders with many year-jail term or death penalty so as to curtail or curb that corrupt practices of embezzling states funds. I bet you that no country has ever spoken out against such killings of those officials caught with stealing public fund in those countries and that is why we need it implemented here. if that law is here,I believe 50pecent of our politicians will withdraw from politics because nobody wants to die. So we need it here.

  14. Asiwaju Olu Mayungbe

    July 16, 2016 at 1:12 AM

    Thanks Prof. I requested for many more of your civil right eloquence when i congratulated you on your birthday.We need more of this. Age is nothing Sir.

  15. Maryf

    July 16, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Father, father I respect you. You are on point sir.

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