The conviction of a young chap for wire or attempted wire fraud in Lagos resurrects the case of NIGERIA V CORRUPTION with the case of Stella Oduah, the Minister for aviation as the case study.
I have been gritting my teeth over the silence of Nigerians at the calculated attempt to kill the Oduah scandal with the anti-gay law just like the murdered the unlawful deportation of Nigerians from Nigeria by the Fashola administration. Thankfully this is looking like it is not going away.
I am actually wondering what the next step of our legislators is going to be. Sidelining their recommendation takes away the power from them making mockery of their efforts along with the attendant waste of resources which should have been applied alternatively since their decision, recommendations and directions makes no meaning to the executive or the judiciary. Below is my response to an FB post on the subject. The comments prompted this post.
SELECTIVE JUDGEMENT, SELECTIVE JUSTICE, SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT, “THE BANE OF NIGERIAN DEMOCRACY.
In the case of Nigeria V FFFFK, I have no facts and cannot fairly comment on it. However, if the facts are the same or similar to Oduah’s and Nigerians demanded as much justice as they have done in Oduah’s case and no one did anything then shame on all of us from our executive, the judiciary down to all of us the citizens.
In the case of Nigeria v Oduah the evidence speaks for itself. Therefore if this administration really wants to be trusted and believed on their feigned selective commitment to fighting corruption then they must do the needful and relieve her of her job.
Many people have opined that I back down on the call for her sack because she is Igbo and a woman too. Regrettably I regret to refuse to do so. Any Igbo person or woman who must represent me must have the distinction, excellence, honour and integrity that make me proud to be Nigerian, Igbo and a woman. That is the only basis upon which I can justify any support for that person.
I was the supervising principal of a legal practice. My business partner is of equal if not better experience than me. He got himself involved in a massive fraud which endangered the status of the practice. Although I was not found guilty of any wrong doing, I was accused of failing to supervise him by creditors and paid the supreme price with a bankruptcy. This is in line with the principle of vicarious liability as a partner with joint and several liabilities and also a supervisor who owe a duty to clients and public to protect their interests. This principle applies in all employment including executive employment of the type Stella has.
I therefore see no reason why she should keep her job. In Britain and UK she would have been long gone and awaiting prosecution unless she pleads diminished responsibility as a result of temporary insanity at the time the offences were committed. She needs a strong lawyer to get out with this defence. I am sure that she can find a dodgy practitioner who can play that game for a share of the cake.
Accordingly, GEJ and his team as employers of Stella are complicit in her fraud and must let her go and recompense Nigerians for their failure to supervise her as I did.
In the case of Nigeria V Gays, the president justified the signing into law of such oppressive law with the excuses that “this is a democracy and the people have spoken”. That is grand respect for the rights of the people under any working not pseudo selective democracy which must be cautiously applauded and upheld in every case.
I believe that the people speak through their legislators and the respect of the choice of the people he refers to was one they made through their legislators.
If my assumptions are correct why in the name of the almighty has the Presidency not listened to the same people through their legislators when they recommended Stella’s sack and perhaps prosecution? Is this justice and fairness or selective justice based on friends and supporters of the administration?
In the case of the young chap in question, sad as it may be he is guilty of something and must pay the price. However, if his role models who have committed greater crimes against Nigeria and every Nigerian child are walking the streets free, how on earth can we justify the sentence? It is wrong and flies in the face of justice and equity.
If his role models who are leading him by example should go free then he should also be set free and until everyone gets into the net, his continued incarceration amounts to unjust selective justice and must be condemned by every Nigerian.
As for Stella Oduah and her likes, position is clear. If you do the crime, you must do the time otherwise there is no democracy or justice and our executives and the judiciary must reconsider their positions.
Sorry this is my rather long two pence. I am very angry at the situation in our country and feel that unless we all condemn what is wrong and congratulate our leaders for what is right or their abysmal successes in order to encourage them we are all complicit in the woes of Nigeria and must either be silent or loud about what we want and the change we deserve or better still join the thieving spree and bankrupt Nigeria then start all over again if anyone of us survives.