UNENDIMG ROMANCE between IMMUNITY AND CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA
It is no more breaking news that Nigeria is ranked as one of the most corrupt countries in the world. This monstrous pandemic is unarguable one of the major challenges in Nigeria.
Despite the establishment of anti graft bodies, not much is been seen to have been achieved in the fight against corruption. Independent Corrupted and Other Related Practices Commission and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission are bodies with the mandate to fight corruption. How well have they done? Can Nigerians be proud of their achievements so far?
There is widespread belief that immunity, as enshrined in the constitution has been a big log in the wheel of the fight against corruption. It obviously appears that this constitutional provisions is aimed at protecting certain political office holders.
Less than a week ago, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu who is the incumbent Prime Minister of Israel is facing a three-count corruption allegations. He is the incumbent Prime Minister of Israel.
I am poised to write this short but seemingly expository piece to convey some important facts relating this to what is obtainable in our country.
- Someone in the position of a Prime Minister in Israel does not enjoy leadership immunity. This is unlike what is applicable in Nigeria where immunity for some political positions is enshrined in the constitution, thereby creating a landing pad for corrupt political office holders to milk our collective national patrimony. Isn’t this a deliberately calculated demonic creativity aimed at achieving a deliberately calculated demonic act?
- If our leaders really have a high sense of human value, would they not totally abrogate that aspect of our constitution to perfectly checkmate corruption in governance? Personally, it would be extremely difficult to convince me that they do need immunity so as to avert any form distractions in carrying out governance. My question is: is immunity more sacred than good governance? A million dollars question to ponder on.
- My take is that if a political office holder is suspected or accused of corruption while in office, he/she should step down to clean his/her slate.
- How can one justify a situation where a political office holder is leveled with a long litany corruption allegations yet he/she sits back on the juicy couch of leadership because immunity is romancing with corruption?
It is just so disheartening and such a theatrical absurdity. This piece should be thought-provoking on this inhumane practice.
If drastic measures are not deliberately taken to religiously tackle corruption in this country, good governance would remain a day-dream.
The National Assembly should prove their high sense of patriotism by ensuring that this provision in the our constitution is entirely erased, to guarantee a considerably corrupt-free governance.
Authored by Dino Onyema Nnodim